Jaguars Outlast North Texas 52-44 In First Round
MOBILE, Ala. (2/28/07) ? In a defensive slugfest South Alabama outlasted the North Texas women's basketball 52-44 in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament from the Mitchell Center. The Mean Green (9-20) shot a season-low 21 percent fr
“For some reason the shots just didn’t fall for us and that’s a credit to South Alabama’s defense, they were tough on us,” said
The game mirrored the earlier match-up between the two teams as
Neither team shot the ball well from the floor as the Jaguars held an early 10-9 lead with 7:53 remaining in the first half. A 7-0 keyed by junior Janette Tucker gave the Jaguars a 17-9 lead with 4:33 remaining in the first half.
Trailing 30-19 with 15 minutes remaining and the offense sputtering,
Two 3-pointers by Amanda Leonard extended the Jaguar cushion to ten-points at 45-35 with 2:24 left, but
The Mean Green pulled to within six at 47-41 with 1:05 left. DiDi Wali missed the second of two free throws but grabbed her own miss. Wali missed the offensive put back and Talicia Sanders missed the second opportunity and
“That was a critical part of the game at the end,” Slinker said. “We have to take advantage of those opportunities but again you have to give
James, a true freshman, led
“We gave it our all tonight but our shots just were falling,” said James. “We played well on defense but we just couldn’t get the offense going and fell short”.