CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (11/24/08) A stifling defense and 18 points by Brittney James powered the North Texas women’s basketball team to its second straight victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 61-53. The Mean Green had 22 steals, the fifth most in school history, and forced 34 Islander turnovers to pick up their second straight road win.
“We picked up the intensity on the defensive end but we are still a work in progress,” said coach Shanice Stephens. “We have some things that we need to work on but to get a road win is always good”.
The Mean Green (2-1) never trailed in the game, leading wire-to-wire. North Texas turned the Islander mistakes into 25 points and had nine different players with steals. The Mean Green jumped on the Islanders from the start, taking a 13-5 lead seven minutes into the game. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi never got any closer than nine points in the first half.
The second half was controlled by the Mean Green as they stretched their lead out to 16 points at 47-31 with 10 minutes to play. The Islanders (1-3) made one final run late in the game to cut the lead to eight, but a layup by Tricia Lee with two minutes to play ended the comeback.
Amber Jackson also had double figures on the night for the 49th time of her career with 12 points while notching a career-best six steals in the game.
North Texas is back in action Friday night in the first round of the UTSA Classic against the host school UTSA.