BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (3/7/04)- Despite a career-high 19 points from sophomore forward Jamie Armstrong the North Texas women’s basketball team had their season come to an end in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as Middle Tennessee defeated the Mean Green 81-66 at E.A. Diddle Arena. North Texas ends the season at 11-17.
Middle Tennessee (21-7) raced out a halftime lead of 42-15 after cashing in on 16 first half turnovers by North Texas . The Mean Green battled back with a season-high 51 second half points but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.
“If we could have come out and played the first half like we did the second half then things might have been different,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “We tried to find solutions at the break and we wanted to get the free throw line a little more in the second half. I felt like we did but they made some adjustments at the right times”.
Guards Natalie Mireles and Jill Medlock keyed an early North Texas rally in the second half as the Mean Green went on a 16-7 run to trim the Lady Raider lead to 49-31 with 14:40 remaining. Medlock connected on four 3-pointers and broke the school record for most 3-pointers in a single season. Medlock ends the year with 61, breaking the old mark set by Ashley Norris in the 1995-96 season.
North Texas got as close as 76-66 with 1:07 remaining but the Lady Raiders were able to hold and get the win. Mireles, along with Armstrong notched a career-high in points as she scored eight. Medlock finished with 12 points on the afternoon.
Middle Tennessee advances to play the Denver Pioneers in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.