DENTON, TX (2/14/04) - Western Kentucky scored the last 11 points in the second half to take a 65-60 win against the North Texas women’s basketball team in Sun Belt Conference action on Saturday night at the Super Pit.
"We got out of synch with our line-up," said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. "We played with two point guards, two shooting guards and one forward down the stretch. We didn’t have any offensive sets to accomodate that type of line-up. We broke defensively late in the game and allowed them (Western Kentucky) to penetrate the lane and make things happen."
The Toppers won their fourth straight game and extended their record to 13-11 and 7-3 in the conference, while the Mean Green drop to 9-14 and 5-6 in league play.
The Mean Green held a six-point lead, 60-54, with 3:15 left in the game after leading throughout most of the second half. Leslie Logsdon made a free throw to tie the game at 60-60 at 1:56, and Tiffany Porter-Talbert gave the Toppers their first lead since 12:45 in the second stanza with a made field goal at 1:10.
Logsdon scored five of her 15 points in Toppers’ 11-0 late-game run, including a three-pointer that brought Western Kentucky within one. Despite shooting 33.3 percent as a team from the free-throw line, the Toppers made three out of their last four free throws to seal the victory.
The Mean Green led by as much as 10 points in the second half, 34-24, after seven straight points by Jamie Armstrong. She finished the game with 13 points. The Toppers took a brief, 37-36, lead with 12:45 left in the game, but the Mean Green regained the advantage and were able to hold off its opponent until the final minutes of the game.
Western Kentucky started strong, taking a 10-2 opening lead in the game. The Mean Green responded with 14 unanswered points, including six by Jill Medlock, to take a 16-10 advantage. North Texas entered half on a 21-9 run and a 23-19 lead.
Porter-Talbert posted a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Kim Blanton led the Mean Green with 15 points and six points.
North Texas continues its homestand with a matchup against Denver on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 pm in the Super Pit.