DENTON, Texas (12/2/08) It’s the home opener for the North Texas women’s basketball team tonight as they square off against the Houston Cougars. The Mean Green has won five straight home openers and look to build on their 3-2 start to the season. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and the game can be heard on 88.1 FM KNTU.
North Texas and Houston will be meeting for the 17th time in a series that dates back to 1977. Houston leads the overall series with North Texas 10-6 and won the most recent meeting in 2004. The Cougars have won two straight against North Texas. North Texas is 2-3 against Houston in Denton.
Brittney James poured in a career-high 34 points against Charleston Southern, which is also tied for the eighth most in school history. Her 34 points were the most in a single game since Jalie Mitchell scored 37 on January 3, 2002. James is only the second player since 1993 to score 34 points or more in a single game. She now has two games of 30 or more points in her career.
Amber Jackson and Brittney James have a chance to make a little history at North Texas. Both players are eyeing the 1,000 point club in scoring this year and if they both did, they would be the first duo to score 1,000 points for their career in the same season in school history. Jackson needs only 13 more points to score 1,000 for her career.
James entered the year with an outside chance of joining the 1,000 point club as she had 610 points for her career. After five games that appears to be a realistic opportunity for James as she has 698 points for her career. She is averaging 17.6 points a game and at that pace she would easily pass the 1,000 point mark.
The 193 points score by North Texas and Charleston Southern were the most combined points in a regulation game in school history. The record for most combined points in school history was December 3, 1977 when North Texas and Baylor combined for 196 points in overtime.
The Mean Green’s 95 points were the 11th most in school history in a game and most points scored since December 8, 2000. However it’s the only time that North Texas has scored 95 or more and lost.
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