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Dreadful offensive performance sinks women’s basketball at Southern Miss

Dreadful offensive performance sinks women’s basketball at Southern Miss

February 04
21:04 2016

Clay Massey | Staff Writer

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Woeful offense and 26 turnovers got the best of North Texas in a conference clash with the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, as the Mean Green fell 57-38 in Hattiesburg, MS. North Texas (8-11, 3-6) has now lost four of its last five.

Senior forward Achiel Tac led the way for the Mean Green with 12 points and seven rebounds, but the rest of the offense struggled, helping the Golden Eagles remain undefeated at home.

“We can’t beat anybody with 20 turnovers,” head coach Jalie Mitchell said. “I thought they punished us inside, and I thought that’s where we lost it a little bit. They made a conscious effort to take it inside on us.”

North Texas took a while to get going and never led for the entire game. Candice Adams sparked a 6-0 Mean Green run with her 78th career three-pointer, moving her into 8th all-time on the North Texas career three-point list.

“It’s great to have, but I’m still going to play the game,” Adams said. “I’m not going to worry about that until we accomplish a bigger goal, which is to make it to the tournament.”

The 6-0 Mean Green run put them within five of Southern Miss, but North Texas went cold at the end of the first half, making just one of its last eight field goals. Southern Miss, on the other hand, finished strong to take a 33-23 lead into halftime.

The game only went downhill from there for the Mean Green. North Texas only scored four points in the third quarter, their second worst quarter-mark of the season. The Mean Green shot only 15.4% from the field in the third quarter, taking over six minutes to get on the board. The shooting woes continued into the fourth quarter, as North Texas  scored only 15 points in the entire second half.

North Texas also struggled from the free throw line, going 6-15 for 40 percent on the night.

Southern Miss freshman phenom Caitlin Jenkins, a candidate for Conference USA Freshman of the Year, helped widen the margin in the second half, coming out firing for a 12 points in the third and fourth quarters after going after North Texas shut her out in the first half. The Golden Eagles also made the most of North Texas turnovers, with 24 points coming off Mean Green mishaps.

“They’re scoring half their points off our turnovers. So if we cut our turnovers, then maybe it would have been a different game,” Tac said. “We didn’t give ourselves opportunities tonight on the offensive end.”

North Texas returns to action with a Saturday night road contest at Louisiana Tech University. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.

“Hopefully we can make shots,” Mitchell said, “especially lay-ups and free-throws.”

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