HAMPTON, Va. (11/17/06) Sanetra Jackson’s jumper from 18-feet at the buzzer fell just short and the North Texas women’s basketball fell to the Hampton Pirates 65-64 from the HU Convocation Center.
In a game plagued by fouls and turnovers, the Mean Green (0-2) rallied from a 14-point deficit with a chance to win at the end but came up short. Hampton, leading 65-64 with 6.6 seconds left, saw Roneisha Corbitt miss two free throws to give North Texas a chance at the game-winning shot by Jackson.
“This is a tough loss for us because we fought so hard to get back into the game,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “We continued to fight and I was pleased with our effort but we need to have a better start than we did”.
Hampton (1-1) raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game. Thanks to true freshman Brittney James, the Mean Green responded with an 11-0 run of its own to make it 14-11 with 11:32 left in the first half. James scored six of the 11 points during the run.
The Pirates opened up another double-digit lead at 26-16 with 5:21 left in the first half. North Texas answered once again with a 13-6 run to end the half and trailed by just three at the break 32-29.
The second half was a back and forth contest as North Texas took its first lead of the game at 39-38 on a fast break lay-up by James with 16:04 left. Hampton maintained a slim lead throughout most of the second half as the Mean Green’s largest lead of the game was only one.
James ended the game with 12 points in 18 minutes of play off the bench.
“I was proud of the way that Brittney played tonight,” Slinker said. “She was a great spark off the bench when we needed it”.
Amber Jackson, who was held to just two points in the first half, scored 13 second half points and tied her career-high with 15 for the game. Talicia Sanders also tied her career-high with 13 points as three North Texas players scored in double figures.
The Mean Green returns to action on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as they conclude their three-game road trip at William and Mary.