Magic Number 1: WBB Eyes C-USA Tourney Berth

March 6, 2015

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The Last Meeting
North Texas45
January 4, 2015
San Antonio, TX
Flat Start Leads to 53-45 Women's BBall Loss
Two days after one of its best performances of the season at UTEP, North Texas team came out flat at UTSA and it cost them in a 53-45 loss.

DENTON -- So it all comes down to this.

After a 69-61 loss on Thursday to UTEP on Senior Night at the Super Pit, the North Texas women's basketball team has a 4-13 league record and one more shot to clinch a berth in the Conference USA Tournament. The Mean Green hosts UTSA on March 7, with a win earning the team a trip to Birmingham, Alabama, and a loss possibly giving Rice the 12th and final seed.

But with Rice and UTEP playing at 2 p.m. and the North Texas-UTSA matchup beginning at 7 p.m., the Mean Green will already know what is needed of them by the time the team takes the court with the Roadrunners. Either way, obviously, head coach Mike Petersen and his team want to prepare to win and leave nothing to chance.

"Our magic number is one, so either one win by us or one loss Rice and we are in," he said. "But the message is the same every time we go to the gym: find a way to win."

In the first meeting between the two teams this season on January 4, North Texas lost to UTSA 53-45 in San Antonio. Sophomore Candice Adams led off the game with a three-pointer on the Mean Green's first possession, but that would be the team's only lead in the game. Senior Briesha Wynn led the team with 13 points and four of her teammates contributed six points apiece in a losing effort.

North Texas held senior Kamra King to only six points, but it was sophomore Tesha Smith who did most of the damage for the Roadrunners. The center scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and swatted three blocks in only 21 minutes of playing time. At 10-7 in C-USA play, UTSA currently stands sixth in the league and is playing for a higher seed.

"Against UTSA, they're not dissimilar preparation; they're going to penetrate a bunch and pitch out to three-point shooters," Petersen explained. "They're not quite as big in the post as UTEP, but they're athletic in the post so we have to block out rebounds."

The game will be played at Kitty Mage Arena on Saturday due to a scheduling conflict at the Super Pit. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and it will be a free event for all fans, with free parking in designated lots on TWU's campus. You can find a parking map via the link at the top of the article.



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