Late Run Sparks North Texas Past Cornell 63-52

DURHAM, N.H. (11/27/05) A late second half run spurred the North Texas women’s basketball team past Cornell 63-52 in the consolation game of the UNH Wildcat Classic from Lundholm Gymnasium. With 9:51 remaining and the game tied at 44-44, North Texas (3-1) went on a 9-0 run over the next five minutes to take command of the game.


“I was really please with our effort today on both sides of the ball,” said North Texas head coach Tina Sinker. “When the game was tied we made the plays when we had to and I thought that Mia and Tricia really stepped up for us”.


Junior Mia Ajekwu finished the game with a career-high 14 rebounds and freshman Tricia Lee had four steals, three of which came during the 9-0 run by the Mean Green.


North Texas held a four-point lead at halftime at 25-21 and extended it to six points early in the second half. Cornell (1-4) countered as freshman Jeomi Maduka keyed a six point run to even the game at 37-37 with 13 minutes to play.


North Texas built there lead back up to five points at 44-39 at the 11 minute mark,  but the Big Red responded again and tied the game at 44-44. North Texas closed the game with a run of 19-8 and put the game away for good.


“They are a very patient team on offense and we knew that if we were able to pressure them that we could come up with some steals and turnovers” Slinker said.


Senior guard Erika Bobo had a team-high 15 points and six steals as North Texas notched a season-high 18 steals in the game.


North Texas has now started the season at 3-1 for the fourth time in the last five seasons.


North Texas closes out its three-game road swing with a visit to Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday, November 30.







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