DENTON, Texas (12/13/08) The oldest rivalry for the North Texas women’s basketball teams is renewed Sunday afternoon as the Mean Green travel to Dallas to face the SMU Mustangs. It’s the 40th meeting between the two teams and the 33rd straight year the two teams have met. The game is at 2 p.m. and can be heard on 88.1 FM KNTU.
North Texas had a season-low of only 13 turnovers against New Mexico. The Mean Green had a streak of six straight games of 20 or more turnovers end. It was also the first time this season that North Texas had an assists-turnover ratio of 1:1. The takeaway department continues to be a strong suit this season for the Mean Green as they notched 15 steals against New Mexico.
North Texas through eight games has 94 steals and already two games of 15 steals or more, the first time that has happened in more than two seasons.
Through eight games the Mean Green has been in nothing but tight games. North Texas has played in four games decided by five points or less and is 2-2 in those contests. The Mean Green has lost two games by three points or less, the first time since 2006-07. All four of the North Texas wins have been by less than 10 points.
During the recent run of five straight double-doubles for Amber Jackson, she has slowly been elevating her game. In those five games Jackson is scoring 17.8 points and grabbing 13.2 rebounds a game.
Her rebounding totals have been geared more towards the offensive side. She has 89 total boards for the year but 45 offensive rebounds. In four of the eight games this season, Jackson has had more offensive rebounds than defense. She missed tying her career-high in points at New Mexico by a point with 22, but did collect her fourth career 20 point plus game.