TROY, Ala. (2/23/06) The North Texas women’s basketball team defeated Troy 73-66 on Thursday at Trojan Arena on Thursday to set up a show down with South Alabama on Saturday in a game that will decide the Sun Belt Conference West Division champion.
The Mean Green snapped a two-game skid and improved to 18-8 overall and 8-6 in league play. The Trojans dropped their second straight game and fell to 9-16 overall and 3-11 in Sun Belt action.
Senior guard Erika Bobo became the 10th player in school history to score 1,000 career points as she finished with 14 to give her 1,007. She scored seven points in the first half to help the Mean Green take a 39-30 advantage into the locker room.
North Texas opened up a double-figure lead within the first eight minutes of the game and extended it to as much as 17 points, two different times. However, trailing 38-21 with 3:13 remaining, the Trojans went on a 9-1 run to finish the opening half.
The Mean Green quickly took a double-digit lead to start the second half and didn’t let Troy get any closer than seven points, the final difference, until there was under one minute left in the contest.
North Texas shot 43 percent from the field, including .714 from beyond the arc, while holding Troy to a .389 shooting percentage. Led by Talicia Sanders and Mia Ajekwu with a combined 14 rebounds, North Texas dominated the boards with a 46-27 advantage.
The Mean Green had three players score in double figures, including Ajekwu with a career-tying 23 points. Bobo and Erica Howard followed with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Troy had three players reach double digits in the scoring column as well, led by Laura Lee Holman with a team-high 16 points.
North Texas swept the season series and is now 4-0 all-time versus Troy. The Mean Green also swept New Orleans and won the season’s first meeting with South Alabama.
NT’s game against South Alabama on Saturday is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. and can be heard live on KNTU, 88.1 FM, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.