Bobo Leads North Texas Past Sam Houston State, 71-59

HUNTSVILLE (11/27/04) -- A stifling defense and 15 points from junior guard Erika Bobo powered the North Texas women’s basketball team (2-1) past Sam Houston State (0-4) 71-59 from the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. Bobo’s 15 points ties her career-high as she also dished out a season-best eight assists.


“I thought Erika really did a great job tonight with her all around game,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “We were able to force them into some turnovers and convert in some key situations”.


North Texas raced out to an early 14-4 lead after an 11-0 run in the first seven minutes of play. The Mean Green defense was able to hold the Bearkats scoreless for eight minutes and 48 seconds in the first half and open up the early advantage.


North Texas held a 29-19 lead at the break and limited Sam Houston State to just four field goals in the first half and 16 percent shooting. North Texas jumped on top of the Bearkats early in the second half with a 9-2 run keyed by six straight points by sophomore forward Mia Ajekwu to make it 38-21 with 17:05 remaining. 


Sam Houston State trimmed the lead to nine points at 43-34 following a technical foul on Mian Williams with 12:20 remaining.  North Texas responded with a 20-8 run to ice the game capped off by a three-point play by Bobo.


“I think that we were able to stay focused late in the game when they kept making runs and we were able to respond each time. This really shows the maturity of this team and the fact that they are starting to gain experience” Slinker said.


Ajekwu finished the night with 11 points and seven rebounds while Didi Wali tied a career-high with 10 points off the bench.


North Texas shot a season-high 42 percent from the floor and scored a season-high 71 points.


North Texas returns to action on November 30 when they face No. 2 LSU in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.


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