SEATTLE, Wash. (3/14/02) The North Texas women’s basketball team (21-9) suffered an 82-61 setback to Washington (18-11) Thursday night in the opening round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.
The Lady Eagles threatened to come back from a 25-point halftime deficit after they opened the second half with a 20-7 run to cut the Huskers lead to 12 points, 49-37, with 13:44 remaining in the contest. Still up 12 points, 55-43, at the 11:29 mark, Washington hit a jumper and back-to-back three’s to push its lead back to 63-43 with 10:08 left. The Lady Eagles cut the lead back to 15 points at the 6:51 mark, but got no closer.
North Texas hit just 23 percent of its shots and turned the ball over 18 times in the first half, leading to a 42-17 Washington advantage at halftime. The Lady Eagles found themselves down just 17-12 midway through the first half, but the Huskies put together a 25-5 run over the final 10:24 to open up a commanding 25-point lead at the break.
The Lady Eagles committed a season-high 25 turnovers in the game and their 17 first-half points was the teams fewest of the year. North Texas turned the ball over just seven times and shot 48 percent from the field in the second half. North Texas struggled from beyond the arc, hitting 1-of-14 three’s, while Washington connected on 8-of-30 three pointer’s.
Jalie Mitchell led three North Texas in double figures scoring with 14 points. Kim Blanton scored a career-tying 13 points and Vilma Grismanauskaite added 12. Angel Lewis pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Lady Eagles on the boards.
North Texas finished the season with a school-record 21 wins, while Washington advances to face USC in the second round of the WNIT.