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Mean Green women’s basketball holds off FIU for second conference win

Mean Green women’s basketball holds off FIU for second conference win

Mean Green women’s basketball holds off FIU for second conference win
January 23
16:53 2014

Jordan Ottaway // Intern Writer

The Mean Green women’s basketball team escaped Miami with a 66-59 road win against Florida International University on Wednesday night.

UNT (8-10, 2-3) got off to a quick start in the first half by executing well on offense, shooting 48 percent from the field and using the 2 to 3 zone defense to its advantage.

FIU (8-10, 2-3) could not get the offense going and the Mean Green held back sophomore guard Jerica Coley, the second-highest scorer in the nation at 29.6 points per game. UNT was able to contain Coley to eight points in the first half.

“We were just outstanding in the first half,” head coach Mike Petersen said. “I thought our defensive focus was unbelievable.”

The Mean Green defense forced seven first-half turnovers and at one time held a 17-point lead over the Panthers. However, FIU put together an 11-2 run to end the half and cut the deficit from 15 to 8.

The tide turned in the second half as the Panthers came out shooting very well, making 8 of its first 10 shots while UNT struggled to get it going. FIU from 4:40 in the first half to 11:52 in the second outscored the Mean Green 36-12. Coley, who was the high scorer with 28 points, started taking over in the second half and built a nine-point FIU lead early in the second half.

“They were making shots in the second half that they weren’t making in the first,” senior guard Laura McCoy said.

UNT responded by slowing down the offense and chipping away at the Panthers’ lead. Junior forward Briesha Wynn, who led the team in scoring with 21 points, aided an 11-2 run to tie the game at 51 points with four minutes left.

Sophomore forward Alexis Hyder scored five straight points and got two steals with 2:05 left to help seal the Mean Green’s second conference win.

“At the end of the game I was more hungry,” Hyder said. “I just knew that if I got the ball it would be much harder for them to win.”

UNT will now travel northeast to take on Florida Atlantic University at 4 p.m. Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla.

Feature photo: Senior forward Ash’Lynne Evans attempts a free throw against University of Texas at San Antonio on Jan. 17 at the Super Pit. Evans scored all four of her free throw attempts. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer 

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