DENTON, Texas (11/21/07) Looking for its first four-game winning streak since the 2005-06 season, the Mean Green women’s basketball team pulled away from the University of Arkansas-Monticello for an 89-72 win at the Super Pit.
After the Cotton Blossoms pulled within three with 16 minutes remaining in the contest, North Texas went on a 16-0 run over the next four minutes to help stretch its lead to 19 and improved to 4-2 on the season.
“When things aren’t going your way on the offensive side of the ball, you really need your defense to step up and help create some offense off of turnovers and that’s exactly what we did,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker.
Much like they’ve done for the early part of the season, Amber Jackson, Jo Hall and Brittney James led the way for the Mean Green. The trio combined for 48 points, shooting 59 percent from the floor.
Jackson, a junior from Indianapolis, Indiana, tallied a career and game-high 23 points. Jackson single-handedly put North Texas on her back and carried the Mean Green during the final few minutes of the first half. With the score 27-25 in favor on North Texas with four minutes left in the first half, Jackson scored the next 10 points to help the Mean Green take a 37-30 lead into the break.
“She (Jackson) is really getting to be tough to stop,” Slinker said. “We were able to get to the basket and help create some open shots that she was able to knock down.”
North Texas shot a season-best 53 percent from the floor and out-rebounded UA-Monticello 49 to 34. The Mean Green was able to overcome the hot 3-point performance by the Cotton Blossoms who connected on 13 attempts from downtown.
North Texas will return back to action Friday as they play host to Midwestern State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Super Pit.