DENTON, Tex. (12/4/07) The North Texas women’s basketball team faces the Marshall Thundering Herd tonight at 7 p.m. to close out its brief two-game homestand. The two teams are meeting for the first time.
Forward Talicia Sanders was back to her old self on the glass against SMU and discovered something new against the Mustangs in the meantime. She grabbed a season-best eight rebounds as she continues her chase to become the school’s all-time rebounder. Sanders also scored a career-high 15 points. It marked only the 13th time in 94 career games that Sanders has scored in double figures.
The North Texas offense has been quite efficient this season especially at home, however the SMU defense held the Mean Green to a season-low 62 points at home. North Texas had not scored any less than 63 points at home in nine games dating back to last season.
North Texas is the top rebounding team in the Sun Belt Conference averaging 45.2 rebounds a game. Against SMU the Mean Green lost for the only time this season when winning the battle on the boards. In a sign of it being a total team effort, North Texas does not have a single player that ranks in the top 20 in the league in rebounding average this season.
Junior point guard Kelli Buckley made her first career start for the Mean Green against SMU and responded. Buckley dished out a game-high six assists, one shy of a season-high, and had a career best three steals.
Buckley has now had three games this season with six or more assists. With 31 assists on the year, she leads the team and is on quite a pace. Buckley is averaging 3.4 assists per game and is she continues at that clip she will 15th player in school history to dish out over 100 assists in a season. The last time that happened was in 2002-03 when Erika Bobo had 100 for the year.
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