DENVER, Colo. (2/13/03) -- Junior forward Kim Blanton scored a career-high 25 points to lead four North Texas players scoring in double figures as the Lady Eagles basketball team (9-13, 4-7) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 90-81 victory over Denver in a Sun Belt Conference West-Division game Thursday night at Magness Arena.
Twenty-three of Blanton’s game-high 25 points came in the second half, topping her previous career high of 21. The Lady Eagles scored 58 of their season-high 90 points in the second half as well.
North Texas trailed 33-32 at halftime, but outscored the Pioneers 18-7 over the first five minutes of the second half to take its first double-figure lead of the game at 50-40. The Lady Eagles extended their lead to as much as 17, 72-55, with 5:12 left in the game. Denver was able to hit some three’s down the stretch, but couldn’t get any closer than 83-76 with 17 seconds remaining.
The game’s first 10 minutes saw five lead changes, but Denver was able to build a 27-20 lead at the 6:52 mark of the first half. However, North Texas went on a 12-0 run over the next 4:15 to regain the advantage at 32-27 with 1:48 to play before the intermission period. The Pioneers stormed back in the final minute to hit two three-point shots and take a one-point lead into the locker room.
The Lady Eagles shot 43 percent from the floor in comparison to the Pioneer’s 40 percent and outrebounded Denver 57-41. Despite hitting 22 free throws, the Lady Eagles made just 57 percent of its shots from the line. However, they made six-of-13 three-point shots, including four by Heather Trout.
Joining Blanton in double figures were Trout with 16, Erika Bobo with 13 and Emily Britt with 12. Angel Lewis narrowly missed recording a double-double with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
North Texas has this weekend off before returning to action next Thursday at New Orleans. The game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. and can be heard on KNTU, 88.1 FM.