DENTON (12/11/05) The North Texas women’s basketball team held onto a 60-58 victory against UTEP on Sunday afternoon in the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (7-1) has won five straight games and is off to its second-best start in school history. NT tied its series record against the Miners (3-4) to 2-2.
Sophomore Talicia Sanders led the charge with season highs in points (11) and rebounds (13). It was the forward’s second career double-double. She pulled down the final rebound of the game as UTEP missed a game-tying layup with time expiring. Sanders also made a key layup with an assist by Erika Bobo that put North Texas ahead by five, 60-55, with 27 seconds left on the clock.
After being down by eight points in the second half, North Texas tied the game five times and held the lead briefly before Amber Jackson gave the Mean Green a permanent advantage with a layup, 47-45, with 6:32 left in the game. Jackson came off the bench to score 12 points in the game.
Mia Ajekwu gave the Mean Green its largest lead, 56-48, with 2:41 left on the clock. The Miners would score 10 out of the last 14 points in the game, but North Texas would hold the edge at the end.
The first half was extremely tight with neither team leading by more than four points until the final two minutes of the game. UTEP went into half ahead, 30-24, after an 8-2 run.
North Texas returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 11 when it travels to Austin to face Texas at 2 pm.