Shooting Struggles Hurt Lady Eagles in Loss to Indiana

DENTON (12/11/02) -- Shooting a season-low 21 percent, the North Texas Lady Eagles fell to the Indiana Hoosiers, 51-43, in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Super Pit on Wednesday.

No North Texas player managed to score in double figures as the Lady Eagles (4-3) struggled through their worst shooting night (15 of 71) of the season. The team's 43 points also marked a low for the season for the Lady Eagles and ties is the team's lowest output since 1996.

The loss also snapped North Texas' 15-game home winning streak that ranked fifth in the nation prior to the contest.

Indiana (5-2) didn't shoot much better from the floor, connecting on just 16 of 53 field goals for 30 percent. The Hoosiers were able to overcome 25 turnovers forced by the Lady Eagles while hitting just one of nine attempts from three-point range.

Bright spots for the Lady Eagles included the rebounding efforts of Angel Lewis and Emily Britt, who shared team-high honors with 10 each. For Lewis it matched her career high in rebounds while the 10 boards set a new career high for Britt.

Kim Blanton and Erika Bobo shared scoring honors for the Lady Eagles with eight points each.

North Texas managed to erase a 22-19 halftime deficit and tie the game at 31-31 at the 12:41 mark of the second half, but the Hoosiers regained the lead on a jumper by Cyndi Valentine and the Lady Eagles were never able to catch up.

With 1:45 left in the game, the Lady Eagles pulled to within two points on a short jumper by Vilma Grismanauskaite, but that would be as close as North Texas could get to its Big 10 opponent.


 

 

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