DENTON, Tex. - Following a dramatic comeback win over UMKC on Sunday, the North Texas women's basketball team is going for its second straight win as they host UTPA tonight at 7 p.m.
North Texas is a perfect 4-0 against UTPA all-time. The two teams first met in 1998 at the Super Pit which turned into a 25-point rout for North Texas 86-61. One year later the Mean Green won at UTPA 78-65.
The series resumed in 2004 as North Texas won on the road 57-50 in the closest game of the series. The next year North Texas continued its unbeaten run against UTPA with a 73-55 win in Denton.
The North Texas come-from-behind victory over UMKC was the largest deficit that the Mean Green has comeback from in nearly five seasons. North Texas trailed by 13 points at the half but came back to defeat the Roos, marking the largest halftime comeback by the Mean Green since January 22, 2005.
Last season the Mean Green had three big second half rallies. They came back from 11 down against Valpo, nine against Denver, and seven down against Arkansas State to win all three games.
The 53 points scored by North Texas against UMKC in the second half were the most in a half of basketball by the Mean Green since March 1, 2003 when they scored 54 points against New Mexico State. Since that March 1, 2003 date the Mean Green has topped the 50-point mark in a single half of basketball only four times until the outburst against UMKC.
Denetra Kellum made her first career start against UMKC and responded with 21 points, five rebounds, and five steals. Kellum recorded her first 20-point game and her five steals were the most by a player since Yari Escalera had six steals on January 10 last season.
Over the last two games Kellum has scored 16.5 points and averaged 5.5 rebounds. One of the more impressive numbers in her game against UMKC was Kellum going 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Going into the contest she was just 3-for-8.