DENTON, Texas (2/18/09) Needing a win in the worst of ways, North Texas’ seniors Tricia Lee and Amber Jackson delivered when it mattered most. Coming off a 29-point performance at Middle Tennessee, Lee backed that up with a career-high 30 points Wednesday evening as the Mean Green won a critical contest over ULM 78-70 at The Super Pit.
Lee scored 20 of her 30 points in the all important second half and went 8-of-9 at the free throw line. Jackson joined Lee with a strong game of her own by scoring 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. It was the 25th double-digit scoring performance by Jackson this season.
The Mean Green helped themselves out by having a great night at the charity stripe, shooting 21-of-24 (87.5%), for their third best performance of the season. North Texas also dominated the paint, outscoring the Warhawks 40-14 inside.
North Texas (10-16, 6-9) looked like they were going to pull away quite a few times in the second half but the Warhawks refused to go away. Despite 25 turnovers, ULM was able to stay within striking distance with their three-point shooting (8-of-19).
ULM (13-13, 6-9) now leads the all-time series 27-9, however, North Texas has now won 7 of the last 10 contests.
After 16 minutes of seesaw action that saw seven lead changes in the first half, North Texas closed strong by going on a 14-7 run in the final four minutes. During that span point guard Mansa El ran the offense to a “T”, contributing three assists, including two no-look passes to Jackson for layups.
Jackson and Lee each scored 10 points in the first half and the Mean Green did a lot of their damage offensively in the paint, outscoring the Warhawks 22-12. North Texas also scored 13 points off a staggering 19 first half turnovers by ULM.
The Mean Green will play their final regular season home game of the year this Saturday, Feb. 21 when they host first-place UALR at 5 p.m. at The Super Pit.