DENTON (11/28/06) The North Texas women’s basketball team handed Prairie View A&M its first loss of the season with a 77-74 hard-fought victory on Tuesday night in the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (2-3) won its second straight game at home and now heads off on a nine-game road trip. The Panthers fall to 2-1 on the young season.
North Texas never held more than an eight-point lead and Prairie View A&M took a brief lead in the second half, but the Mean Green was able to hold off the Panthers down the stretch.
The Mean Green held the edge in rebounds, 50 to 37, and scored 19 points off second-chance opportunities. The 50 points was a season high for the Mean Green. Talicia Sanders led the team in rebounds with a season-high 15 boards.
Four players led North Texas in double-figure scoring. Sanetra Jackson was one point shy of last game’s career high with 19 points. Amber Jackson and Brittney James followed with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Erica Howard recorded a season-high 10 points and led the team with a personal-best five steals.
Howard scored six points in a North Texas 12-0 run midway through the first half to give the Mean Green its first and largest lead, 21-13.
Prairie View A&M tied the game twice at the start of the second half (35-35 & 37-37). Sanetra Jackson led North Texas on a 9-2 run to take a 46-39 advantage. The sophomore scored five points in the spread, including a three-pointer that put her in double figures. The guard has scored in double figures the last three games.
After a North Texas turnover, Prairie View A&M hit a three-pointer to tie the game for the third time in the second half at 50-50 with 11:04 on the clock. The Mean Green recorded 21 turnovers in the game, compared to the Panthers’ 16.
The Panthers took its first lead since the early minutes of the first half, 52-51, with a basket by Twila Stokes. Brittney James gave North Texas the lead back, 53-52, with two free throws after the Prairie View head coach received a technical foul.
The Panthers clawed back to tie the game again, 62-62, after two free throws by Shavonne Smith, who finished with a game-high 30 points. She went 5-for-10 from three-point range.
Prairie View A&M refused to go away, cutting a Mean Green lead to three points twice with under a minute to go in the game. The Mean Green hit two free throws to seal the win.
North Texas returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 2 when it faces UTEP on the road.