FORT WAYNE, Ind. (12/6/01) The North Texas women’s basketball team (5-3) won its first of two games in Indiana this week, handing IUPU-Ft. Wayne (2-5) a 68-66 loss Thursday night.
North Texas turned a 10-point halftime lead into a 14-point advantage with 17:52 to go in the second half, but IUPU-Ft. Wayne went on a 10-0 run at that point to cut the Lady Eagles lead to just four points, 44-40, at the 15:54 mark. North Texas would again extend its lead to double-figures with a 6-0 run that made the score 50-40 with 13:17 left to play.
The Mastodons refused to go away, however, going on a 9-1 run from 7:10 to 3:20 that gave them their only lead of the game at 62-61. North Texas’ Jalie Mitchell scored five of the Lady Eagles next seven points to give them a 68-63 lead with just 22 seconds left in the game. IUPU-Ft. Wayne hit a three with 4.8 seconds left in the game, but UNT was able to run the clock out for the 68-66 victory.
“I have to credit IPFW,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “I thought they played tough and hit some big shots that kept them in the game.”
The Lady Eagles never trailed in the first half, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the opening minutes and extending its advantage out to 18-5 with 13:32 left in the first half. North Texas went on 9-0 and 7-0 runs during the first half, helping it to a 36-26 halftime lead.
Mitchell, who scored a combined 17 points in the Lady Eagles last two games, led all players in the first half with 12 points. She finished with a game-high 22 points.
“Jalie understands when she has to pick up the team and she scored when she had to tonight,” said Slinker.
North Texas shot 42 percent from the floor in comparison to the Mastodons 39 percent. IUPU-Ft. Wayne hurt North Texas from behind the arch, hitting eight three-point shots. The Lady Eagles outrebounded the Mastodons 34-31.
Shannan Stephenson also scored in double figures for North Texas, finishing with 15 points. Finishing with eight rebounds, Rosalyn Reades led North Texas on the boards for the second straight game.
North Texas remains in Indiana to face No. 8 Purdue on Saturday. The game is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. (CST).