WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (12/8/01) The North Texas women’s basketball team (5-4) dropped an 82-50 decision to No. 7 Purdue (7-1) on Saturday night at Mackey Arena.
Ahead 8-6 at the 16:36 mark of the first half, Purdue went on a 20-5 run over the next 11 minutes to give the Boilermakers a 28-11 advantage. The Lady Eagles went without a score for nearly seven minutes during that stretch. Purdue extended its 17-point lead to 21 over the final five minutes of the first half, taking a 42-21 halftime advantage. The second half was much like the first as the Lady Eagles failed to get much going. North Texas was unable to cut into the 21-point deficit and Purdue rolled to the victory.
“I have to give Purdue credit,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “They have a great program. Their size and defense along with our inability to execute our offense hurt us tonight.”
A crowd of 7,533 saw North Texas get into foul trouble and, as a result, send the Boilermakers to the charity stripe for 37 free throw attempts. Purdue outscored the Lady Eagles 29-9 from the line. UNT’s Vilma Grismanauskaite and Jalie Mitchell fouled out and the team collected a season-high 31 fouls.
Although two players reached double-figures in the scoring column, shooting woes hurt the Lady Eagles as well. North Texas hit just 18-of-66 shots from the field for a .273 percentage. Purdue, on the other hand, shot 45 percent from the floor. Purdue grabbed 42 rebounds to North Texas’ 38, but the Lady Eagles had five more offensive boards.
Shannan Stephenson scored 16 points to lead the Lady Eagles in scoring for the third time this season. She has scored in double figures the last four games in a row and in eight of nine games for the entire season. Mitchell scored 14 points before picking up her fifth foul.
Shereka Wright and Mary Jo Noon led Purdue with 21 and 23 points, respectively. Wright captured a double-double with 13 rebounds as well.
North Texas will face Central Florida on Dec. 17 in its only home game in the month of December.