SAN ANTONIO, Texas (11/29/08) Brittney James 3-pointer at the buzzer fell just short and the North Texas (3-2) women’s basketball team dropped a two-point game to Charleston Southern 97-95 at the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic. James scored a career-high 34 points in the game but her game-winner at the buzzer fell just shy.
Charleston Southern capped a furious second half rally after trailing by nine-points at the half by hitting nine 3-pointers and 60 percent of their shots.
“We didn’t make enough stops when we needed to, and we can’t expect to give up 97 points and win,” said coach Shanice Stephens. “We have to improve on the that side of the ball before we are going to get any better”.
The Buccaneers (3-4) began their rally to start the second half after North Texas dominated the opening 20 minutes. Charleston Southern had an 11-2 run in the first three minutes of the half to tie the game up at 49-49.
The Mean Green continued to maintain the lead until a 3-pointer by Kelsey Wasmer with 10 minutes to play gave the Buccaneers their first lead of the game at 69-67. Charleston Southern pushed its lead to 10-points at 83-73 with 6:51 to play.
The Mean Green began its rally with three 3-pointers, one from Tricia Lee and two from James. A Lee lay-up with 1:31 to play made it a one-point game at 93-92, but Pam Tolbert hit a jumper from the baseline to put the Bucs up by three again at 95-92.
A free throw by Lydia Johnson made it a four-point lead at 96-92 but Lee had another lay-up with 29 seconds to make is just a two-point Charleston Southern lead. Tolbert missed two free throws with 24 seconds to give the Mean Green a chance.
Trailing by two, 96-94, James was fouled with six seconds to play while shooting a 3-pointer. She missed the first two free throws before making the last one to cut it to a one-point game at 96-95. Tolbert made one of two free throws to give Charleston Southern a 97-95 lead before the final miss by James.
Amber Jackson recorded her second straight double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds as Lee had 15 points an Jo Hall added 16 points.
North Texas is back in action in the home opener against the Houston Cougars on Tuesday night.