DENTON (12/20/05) The North Texas women’s basketball team returned to winning ways with a 90-59 victory against UC-Irvine on Tuesday night in the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (8-2) responded with a high-tempo offense after Texas snapped its five-game winning streak on Sunday night. NT took the advantage, 4-3, in the series against the Anteaters (1-8) and improved to 6-0 at home for the third time in eight seasons.
“I was very pleased with the way we came out and played the first and second half,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “We needed to get back on track offensively, and we were able to do that tonight. I was very proud of the way Mian and Mia played this evening. We really played well defensively and were able to create a lot of turnovers."
The team scored a season high in points, tallying the most points scored in a game since 2003 against Denver. North Texas scored 90 points for the 17th time in 17 years in the Tina Slinker era. The 31-point margin was the largest since an 82-54 win against Alcorn State in 2002.
Senior guard Mian Williams led three players in double figures with 15 points, including 12 in the first half. Senior guard Erika Bobo posted 10 points and led the team with seven rebounds.
“Texas showed us we need to play 40 minutes,” said Mian Williams. “We just tried to play 40 minutes strong tonight.”
The Mean Green jumped out to a 10-0 lead with four of the five starters contributing to the score. NT continued to extend the lead to 17 points, 24-7, in the first half, finding the post players and running the court in transition.
Junior Mia Ajekwu contributed 12 points, while Amber Jackson recorded nine tallies. The team shot a season-high 46.3 percent from field-goal range.
The Mean Green started the second half with a 15-5 run and increased its advantage to as many as 34 points, 86-52, with 2:32 left in the game.
North Texas returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 22 when it faces Prairie View A&M at 6 pm.