SAN MARCOS, Tex. (11/30/02) - The North Texas women’s basketball team captured the SW Texas Century Tel Classic with a convincing win over the UMKC Kangaroos 65-41 at Strahan Coliseum. The Lady Eagles (3-0) used a stingy defense to hold the Kangaroos (1-3) to just 29 percent shooting from the floor and only seven-second half field goals.
“I thought that we had them scouted well and we came out red-hot shooting from the floor,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “We were able to take their top players out of the game and just played great defense”.
North Texas opened the game with a 9-2 run and extended their lead to 17-4 with 13:03 left in the first half. True freshman Jamie Armstrong came off the bench blazing as she poured in 13 first half points on six-of-seven shooting from the floor. UMKC got as close as 27-16 in the first half with 4:09, but the Lady Eagles ended the half on an 8-2 run to take a 35-18 lead into the break.
The North Texas lead ballooned to 52-28 midway through the second half sparked by junior forward Emily Britt’s career-high 11 points off the bench. Angel Lewis continued her sparkling defense as she held the Kangaroos leading scorer, Katie Houlehan, to just three points on the afternoon and 0-11 shooting from the floor.
“I really like the way that Angel has been playing. She has been playing great defense and she has taken a real leadership roll for us this year” said Slinker.
Lewis turned in eight points and eight rebounds on the afternoon. Armstrong’s 13 points led North Texas while Kim Blanton turned in her third consecutive double figure game with 11 points.
North Texas has now won seven straight games at the SW Texas Century Tel Classic and won their third tournament championship. The Lady Eagles continue their five-game road trip and will go after their fourth straight win to start the season on Tuesday night on against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 5:30 p.m.