Denton (12/17/01) Senior forward Shannan Stephenson recorded her second career double double and junior center Vilma Grismanauskaite chipped in a career-high 14 points to lead the North Texas Lady Eagles to a 78-55 non-conference victory over Central Florida in women’s basketball Monday night.
Stephenson and Grismanauskaite were joined in double figure scoring by Nicole Thomas (13 points) and Jalie Mitchell (10) in helping the Lady Eagles improve to 6-4. With the loss, Central Florida dropped to 5-4.
Stephenson’s second double double of her career was the result of her game-high 18 points along with 10 rebounds. She connected on seven of 19 field goals and went four-for-six at the free throw line to pace the Lady Eagles. Her only other career double double came six games ago this season when she scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in North Texas’ 72-63 win over SMU.
For Grismanauskaite, a 6-4 junior college transfer in her first season in Division I, her 14-point performance was easily her best this season. Her previous high game was six points against UT-San Antonio earlier this season.
North Texas gained control of the game right from the start, jumping out to a commanding 22-0 lead before the Golden Knights were finally able to get on the scoreboard at the 10:57 mark of the first half.
The Lady Eagles led 36-22 at the half and built as much as a 27-point advantage at two different points in the second half. The final 23-point margin was the Lady Eagles’ second largest margin of victory this season.
“Our last three games were pretty tough ones, so we really needed one like this,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “It helps get our confidence back.”
The Lady Eagles dominated in most areas besides the scoreboard, out-rebounding UCF by a 46-39 margin and forcing 27 Golden Knight turnovers while committing just 15. North Texas also had 13 steals in the game compared to three for Central Florida.
For the Golden Knights, junior forward Erin Paige and junior Jessica Scala each finished with 14 points to lead UCF. Sophomore guard Marvelous Washington was also in double figures with 12.