DENTON (2/12/05) - Despite Talicia Sanders’ 12 second-half points, Middle Tennessee pulled ahead in the final five minutes to take a 64-49 victory against North Texas in women’s basketball action on Saturday night at the Super Pit.
North Texas (11-12, 6-5 Sun Belt) lost its third straight, while Middle Tennessee (16-7, 8-2 Sun Belt) won its second consecutive game and remained in second place in the Sun Belt East Division.
Middle Tennessee used an 11-2 run with 5:57 left in the game to extend its lead to 18, 60-42, and clinch the victory. The Lady Raiders shot 50 percent in the second half to pull away from the Mean Green.
The Mean Green came within seven points of the lead midway through the second half, 39-32, after scoring five unanswered points. The Lady Raiders responded with six straight points to remain in control of the game. North Texas was hurt by its 37 percent shooting and 27 turnovers in the game.
North Texas stayed within single digits of Middle Tennessee throughout the first half. The Lady Raiders, however, scored the final four points of the first half to enter the break with its largest lead, 30-22.
Sanders and junior Erika Bobo were both two rebounds shy of a double-double with eight boards and 12 points each. Sophomore Kelsie Edwards played 18 minutes off the bench in her second game back from a knee injury.
North Texas returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 17 when it faces Louisiana-Lafayette at 5 pm in its final regular season home game.