ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (12/9/08) It was another nail-biter for the North Texas (4-4) women’s basketball team but they came up three points short as New Mexico (8-1) held on for a 66-63 win at The Pit. In a game that featured 14 lead changes, the Lobos scored the game’s final eight points and the 3-pointer by Brittney James at the buzzer came up short.
“We played well but in the end this is game that I feel like we gave away,” said North Texas coach Shanice Stephens. “We have to rise up to the challenges and the pressure situations and we just didn’t do that in the end and that cost us”.
After an opening run of 9-2 to start the game for New Mexico, the Mean Green answered with a 16-4 run of their own to take an 18-13 lead with 11 minutes to play in the half. The two teams traded baskets and the lead the final 11 minutes of the half but North Texas led by two points at the break 32-30.
The second half saw the Mean Green open up a four-point lead at 44-40 with 13 minutes left before the Lobos went on an 8-0 run to take a 48-44 lead. Amber Jackson ended the run with a basket that sparked North Texas on an 11-2 run. Leading 55-50 with seven minutes to play, the Mean Green surrendered six straight points to New Mexico as they retook the lead with six minutes to play.
North Texas responded again with 7-0 run with under four minutes remaining capped off by another Jackson basket. With North Texas up 63-58 with 2:37, the Lobos made one final run. Two North Texas turnovers lead to five straight points to even the game up at 63-63 with 1:13 to play. Tricia Lee had her shot blocked with 54 seconds to play and the Lobos took the lead for good on an Eileen Weissmann layup with 22 seconds left.
North Texas is back in action on Sunday afternoon as they battle metroplex rival SMU in Dallas.