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Mean Green women’s basketball defeats Old Dominion in annual Play for Kay game

Mean Green women’s basketball defeats Old Dominion in annual Play for Kay game

Mean Green women’s basketball defeats Old Dominion in annual Play for Kay game
February 08
18:30 2014

John Lugo // Sports Editor

The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs scored the first five points of the game, and then the Mean Green women’s basketball erased the early lead and never looked back.

Saturday afternoon in the Super Pit, UNT (10-13, 4-6) went on a 14-0 run after ODU’s (11-13, 4-6) first five points and defeated the Lady Monarchs 68-52 in the annual Play for Kay breast cancer awareness game.

Despite the full-court pressure from ODU to start, the Mean Green opened the game with four consecutive three-pointers, two by senior guard Laura McCoy and the others by senior guard Desiree Nelson and junior forward Briesha Wynn. The team made seven of 15 three-pointers for 46.7 percent, which is the best mark of the season.

Head coach Mike Petersen said he was incredibly happy and unbelievably terrified at the same time about how the game started. He said looking for three-pointers isn’t the style of the team, but didn’t mind since the team found its way out of the ODU defense.

“We have good shooters. We just need to remember to play inside out and put pressure,” Petersen said. “I thought our players did a great job of not panicking and being secure with the basketball.”

From there, the teams traded baskets leading to a 33-26 halftime score in UNT’s favor. In the second half, the Mean Green found easier shot opportunities and increased its shooting percentage from 41.9 percent to 52.2 percent.

The Mean Green defense also stepped up and held the Lady Monarchs to the lowest total the team has scored in conference play this season. Junior forward Shae Kelly, ODU’s leading scorer with 17.3 points per game, was held to just six points in this matchup.

“The job these guys did on Shae Kelly is phenomenal,” Petersen said. “The people that watched the game tonight have no idea how good she is. These guys made her look really really average.”

With about seven minutes left in the game, Wynn scored on a cut for a layup before forcing a steal that resulted in one of her field goals. She said it felt great to help put the stamp on the victory.

“It was winding down and we wanted to keep that lead,” Wynn said. “The only thing going through that lead was ‘play to win’”.

Sophomore forward Alexis Hyder recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Wynn led the team in scoring with 17 points and six rebounds. Hyder said there wasn’t a stretch during the game that the team didn’t communicate on defense, which was key.

“I think the consistency of our communication helped us,” Hyder said. “It kind of got them rattled. They didn’t know what to do among all our voices.”

Play for Kay affiliated with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a charity organization that provides funding for research and community outreach for breast cancer awareness. The Susan G. Komen foundation partnered with the organization for the game.

Next, the Mean Green will travel to Greenvile, N.C. to take on East Carolina University Feb. 15 at 4 p.m.

Feature photo: Junior forward Briesha Wynn shoots the ball during a home game against the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs on Saturday at the Super Pit. Photo by Nicole Arnold / Visuals Editor 

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