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Women’s basketball’s season ends in double-overtime loss

Women’s basketball’s season ends in double-overtime loss

March 18
21:33 2013

Tim Cato / Senior Staff Writer

The Mean Green fell in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in a double-overtime loss to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, 80-74, on March 8.

UNT (11-19, 10-11) held a four-point lead early in the second overtime, but saw three starters – freshman forward Alexis Hyder, junior guard Laura McCoy and sophomore guard BreAnna Dawkins – foul out.

“At the end of the game, and in both overtimes even, we had opportunities to score and we’d turn it over or wouldn’t finish,” McCoy said. “That kept us from winning.”

Before fouling out, Hyder carried the Mean Green with her fourth straight double-double by scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. She also blocked three shots, including a layup attempt by ULL freshman guard Keke Veal at the end of regulation that could have won the game for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

“It’s disappointing because we left it all out on the floor [hoping] for a win,” Hyder said. “The fact that we worked so hard in the double overtimes, it hurt to know we still lost.”

Hyder was named to the all-SBC third team on March 6, along with freshman guard Loryn Goodwin. Goodwin, also the SBC Freshman of the Year, registered 14 points and 10 rebounds in her second double-double of the season.

UNT, the No. 6 seed in the tournament, struggled at the start of the game, allowing the No. 11 seed ULL (10-21, 4-18) to hit six three-pointers and take a 23-7 lead. Head coach Mike Petersen said he was disappointed with the three-point defense, something he had emphasized in practice. ULL finished with 11 baskets behind the three-point line.

“I thought the team that played the hardest the longest won,” Petersen said. “That’s usually what happens. I thought they were much more aggressive, played with a lot more energy and a lot more focus.”

Disappointing finish aside, the Mean Green recorded double-digit conference wins for the first time since the 2001-02 season. The team loses just one senior – forward Sara Stanley – as it prepares for Conference USA next year, and Petersen has his first full offseason to help the young team develop.

“I think our younger kids played well this year and had the benefit of playing a lot of minutes and playing a lot of close games,” Petersen said. “We had two freshmen and a sophomore who were people who we relied on in crunch time situations.”

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