Mean Green Rally To Defeat Jaguars 59-56




MOBILE, Ala. (2/24/05) The North Texas women’s basketball team kept its Sun Belt West Division title hopes alive with a furious second half rally to defeat South Alabama 59-56 at the Mitchell Center.

 

The Mean Green (13-13, 8-6), who trailed by as many as 13 points, have secured no worse than the second seed in the Sun Belt Conference West Division. North Texas can win the West Division title with a win over New Orleans on Saturday coupled with a loss by Louisiana-Lafayette to Arkansas State on Saturday.

 

“This was a huge game for us especially for us to win one like this on the road,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “This is the kind of game that can give our team the confidence that it needs”.

 

Trailing by six points at 56-50 with 4:33 left, the Mean Green ended the game on a 9-0 run. South Alabama (12-14, 6-8) led the entire way until junior Erika Bobo made a running layup to give the Mean Green its first lead of the game at 57-56 with 1:51 remaining.

 

South Alabama had a chance to take the lead with eight seconds left but Donyel Wheeler missed a runner in the lane and Talicia Sanders came down with the rebound for North Texas. Sanders made both free throws with 2.7 seconds left, leaving South Alabama one final chance trailing 59-56.

 

The Jaguars had fired the ball to mid-court where Mian Williams nearly came away with a steal, but fell out of bounds with just eight-tenths of a second left.

Genevieve Delk’s 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out and the Mean Green escaped with its second double-digit come from behind victory over South Alabama this season.  

 

“Even when we were down the girls just kept fighting and we were able to climb our way back into the game. We really needed a game like this and it feels really good to win this one” said Slinker.

 

Bobo led the way for North Texas scoring 12 of her team high 17 points in the second half. Sophomore Kelsie Edwards also came off the bench to add 11 points.

 

North Texas returns to action in the regular season finale at New Orleans on Saturday at 5 p.m.


 

 

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