Big Win Over 20-win UTEP Highlights Women's Hoops Season
Coach Mike Petersen moved the Mean Green women's basketball forward in its first season in Conference USA
March 27, 2014
DENTON, Texas – In its first season in a more competitive Conference USA the Mean Green women’s basketball team showed its ability to compete with anyone on any given day.
North Texas’ season was highlighted by a major upset of over the UTEP Miners on Feb. 19 at the Super Pit.
Coming into the game, the Miners were 20-4 on the season and were on a 7-game win streak. The 73-64 victory marked the first time the Mean Green has defeated a 20-win team at the time of play.
North Texas finished the season 0-9 in games decided by six points or less, which shows potential to grow and improve in the future.
Senior Laura McCoy left her name in the record books as she moved into second place in Mean Green history with 164 career 3-pointers. She sits behind only Ashley Norris, who had 197 in her time at North Texas. McCoy also boasts a career 86 percent free throw percentage, which is also good for second place all-time at the university.
Despite playing in a tougher conference this season, North Texas finished a half game better than last season with a 12-18 overall record and 6-10 record in C-USA play.
In a game at Rice on Feb. 26, four North Texas players had career games. Hyder and McCoy both tallied their 700th career points and seniors Desiree Nelson and Ash’Lynne Evans got their 500th and 400th, respectively.
The Mean Green said goodbye to four seniors – McCoy, Evans, Nelson and Hannah Christian.
Christian had a career-high in points and rebounds in her final game in a Mean Green uniform in the conference tournament loss to Louisiana Tech. She had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes on the court.
Nelson finished her career with 518 points and Evans finished hers with 408.