College Station (12/18/06) - The North Texas women's basketball team steps out of conference play tonight to face Texas A&M in the fifth game of its nine-game road trip. Tip-off is set for 7 pm and can be heard live on KNTU (88.1 FM).
The Mean Green snapped its three-game losing streak on Saturday night with a 16-point win over New Orleans. Texas A&M has lost two straight games since starting the year out at 6-0. The Aggies enter the game playing for the first time in 12 days.
Texas A&M leads the series with North Texas 9-4. The two teams have split the last four meetings as Texas A&M won the last battle, 75-60, in College Station on January 2, 2005. This is only the third game between the two teams in the last 16 years. North Texas is 1-7 against Texas A&M on the road. Its only win on the road was a 77-72 win over the Aggies in 1998.
After coming off the bench for the first 50 games of her career, point guard Amanda Quattrocchi made her first career start for North Texas against New Orleans. How did it turn out? Quite well. Quattrocchi, who leads the team in assists, played 29 minutes and had five assists and just two turnovers. The five assists were the most for Quattrocchi in a game since November 21, 2004, her second game in Division I basketball. Her assist to turnover ratio is also the best on the team with 19 assists and only 17 turnovers.
It didn’t take sophomore forward Amber Jackson long to break out of her slump against New Orleans. Jackson, who in her previous three games had scored a combined 20 points, tallied 13 in the first half alone against New Orleans. She went on to tie her career-high with 15 points in the game. During the three-game slump Jackson was shooting just 25 percent, however that ended with a 70 percent shooting night in New Orleans.
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