North Texas' Perfect Overtime Record Tied NCAA Records
DENTON -- The North Texas women's basketball team tied two NCAA division I records this season with its perfect overtime record.
The Mean Green, who hadn't won an overtime game away from the Super Pit since 2007 and had only won three such games in the program's 39-year history prior to this season, won four in 2016-17.
Their four overtime wins, which all came against Conference USA opponents, in four chances tied the NCAA division I record for most overtime wins without a loss and tied the record for most overtime wins against conference opponents in a single season.
North Texas' leader in the overtime periods was senior point guard Kelsey Criner who missed the team's first overtime win at UAB with injury.
Criner averaged 3.5 points per five-minute-overtime period and owned a 80 percent field goal percentage in overtime. She scored nine points at Rice on Feb. 4 to help lead the Mean Green to a 17-point second half comeback. North Texas outscored scored the Owls 17-9 in the one extra period.
Villanova also went four-for-four in overtime games this season. The Wildcats tied the Mean Green's total with an overtime victory in third round of the WNIT.
In 1999-2000, Wisconsin set the NCAA division I record with five overtime wins in a season. The Badgers owned a 5-1 record in overtime that season.
The four overtime wins this year gives North Texas 10 all-time and their double overtime win against UAB in the C-USA Championship was the fourth double overtime win in program history.