DENVER (12/22/07) Jo Hall and a hot shooting Mean Green women’s basketball team ended its five-game losing streak on Saturday at Denver with a 72-56 win at Magness Arena.
Hall reached a career-high 19 points with over four minutes remaining in the first half, and went on to lead the Mean Green (5-5, 1-0) with 25 points. The junior was unstoppable in the first, hitting 8-of-9 shots in the frame.
North Texas held the Pioneers (4-6, 0-1) to 30.8 percent shooting, while connecting on a season-high 54.9 percent of its own attempts.
Tricia Lee was also effective for the Mean Green with 10 points on the afternoon.
Hall powered the Mean Green out of the gate to a 12-0 lead over the first five minutes.
NT had no trouble getting to the basket early, as Hall and Brittney James combined for a trio of layups. The Mean Green kept the Pioneers scoreless for the opening five minutes on 0-of-10 shooting. Hall scored 10 of North Texas’ first 12 points.
Not to be outdone, the Pioneers responded with a 14-0 run of their own to take their first lead of the game just minutes later.
North Texas kept its foot on the accelerator late in the half with a 19-6 run that had NT in front by as much as 14 points. The Mean Green went into the break with a 37-24 lead after a Yari Escalera buzzer-beater.
North Texas returns to action in exhibition play at the Super Pit on Saturday against the Oklahoma Flyers at 7 p.m.