DALLAS, Texas (12/14/08) Despite Amber Jackson’s sixth straight double-double the North Texas women’s basketball team was unable to overcome 31 turnovers as SMU downed the Mean Green 74-57 at Moody Coliseum. SMU (3-5) turned the North Texas (4-5) mistakes into 28 points sending the Mean Green to its second straight loss.
“We just had way too many mistakes to beat a team like SMU and we have to take care of the ball better than that if we are going to be successful,” said North Texas coach Shanice Stephens. “We have a lot of work to do to get better but it starts with taking care of the basketball”.
SMU used two big runs in the first half to take control of the game. North Texas took an early 6-2 lead, but SMU responded with a 13-6 run to take a 15-12 lead. The Mustangs closed out the first half with another big run of 14-2 to take a 37-22 lead into the break.
North Texas got as close as 11 points in the second half but could never get the SMU lead down to single digits.
Jackson record 16 points and 15 rebounds to notch her sixth straight double-double. Tricia Lee added 15 points and Brittney James had 13 points.
North Texas is back in action on Thursday night as they begin Sun Belt Conference play on the road at Louisiana-Lafayette.