SAN ANTONIO, Texas (11/28/08) Jo Hall tied her career-high with 25 points and North Texas won its third straight game with a 65-61 over UTSA in the opening game of the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic. The Mean Green (3-1) rallied from a nine-point first-half deficit, made a key defensive stop, and four free throws down the stretch to hold off the Roadrunners.
With North Texas leading 61-59, UTSA (1-4) had a chance to tie the game with 18 seconds left but Amber Jackson blocked the shot of Onika Anderson and the Mean Green grabbed the rebound. Hall and Yari Escalera finished the game off from the free throw line with four straight makes.
“This is a great win for us and shows how far we have come as a team,” said coach Shanice Stephens. “We had some many different people step up for us tonight made some great defensive stops late in the game that we had to make”.
The Mean Green had an early 10-9 lead, but UTSA went on a 13-2 run to open up a nine-point lead at 21-12 with eight minutes left in the first half. Hall single handily kept North Texas in the game as she went 7-for-7 in the first half and keyed a 20-7 run over the next five minutes.
UTSA scored the final five points of the half to take one point lead into the break at 33-32.
The Mean Green opened the second half with a 12-6 run to lead by five at 44-39. North Texas grew the lead to 11 at 56-45 with six minutes to play after five straight points by Escalera. UTSA made one final push late in the game to get the lead to two points but came up short.
Jackson finished with 15 and 13 rebounds, her second double-double of the season and fifth of her career.
The Mean Green has won three road games through four games, which is faster than any other team in school history. North Texas closes out the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic tomorrow with a battle against Charleston Southern at 3 p.m.