CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (11/24/08) - With her first career win under her belt, coach Shanice Stephens looks for two in a row as the North Texas women's basketball team visits Texas A&M-Corpus Christi tonight. The Mean Green is coming off an 80-75 win Saturday afternoon against UMKC. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. from the American Bank Center and the game can be heard on 88.1 FM KNTU.
North Texas leads the series with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5-2. Last season it was a Mean Green rout of the Islanders, 83-47 at the Super Pit. Jo Hall posted a double-double in the win as North Texas led by 31 points at the half. The last visit to Corpus Christi was a 70-58 Islander win over North Texas in 2004. The Islanders hold a 2-1 edge over North Texas in Corpus Christi.
The Mean Green is part of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi history as North Texas was the women’s basketball teams first opponent in 1999. North Texas won that game by a point, 62-61.
The Mean Green had its best day from the floor against UMKC of the season and its best in 20 games. North Texas hit 53.2 percent of its shots, the best since connecting on 54 percent against Denver on December 22, 2007. North Texas had five players hit over 57 percent of its shots in the game against the Roos.
North Texas with a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi can start the season off at 2-1 for the first time since the 2005-06 season. In the 32 previous years of basketball, North Texas has started the season out at 2-1 in 18 years. That has been a good omen for the Mean Green as they have averaged 15 wins in those years. In nine of those years North Texas has won 15 games or more.
Senior Amber Jackson is the steady force on both sides of the ball for North Texas and showed why against UMKC. Jackson notched her fourth career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. It is her 48th career game with double figures in scoring and her eighth double digit rebounding game.
With her 11 rebounds Jackson moved past Sharon Shelton for 10th place all-time on the career rebounding list. Jackson has 516 for her career, 10th all-time. That’s not all Jackson has done, in each of the first two games she has registered four steals. Coming into the season she had only 69 steals in her career, covering a span of 88 games.