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Women’s basketball falls to Mustangs after 20-point lead

Women’s basketball falls to Mustangs after 20-point lead

Women’s basketball falls to Mustangs after 20-point lead
November 29
00:34 2018

The North Texas Mean Green (2-4) relinquished a 25-5 first-quarter lead in a 73-66 loss to metroplex rival Southern Methodist (5-3) at Moody Coliseum Wednesday night.

The Mustangs have an all-time record of 32-17 against the Mean Green and haven’t lost a home game to North Texas since 1989. Head coach Jalie Mitchell is now 2-2 as a head coach against Southern Methodist.

The Mean Green started the game shooting 7-of-9 from the floor in the opening five minutes of the game to take a 16-4 lead.

North Texas also used their physical defense early in the game when they took two charges in the first five minutes. At the end of the first quarter, the Mean Green had amassed a 25-5 lead and held Southern Methodist to just 2-of-16 from the floor and 1-of-4 from the free throw line.

However, the rest of the game was a different story. 

After a few Mean Green turnovers and traveling violations, the Mustangs cut the lead to 31-26 with two minutes to play in the first half. On the ensuing offensive possessions, redshirt senior guard Terriell Bradley and redshirt sophomore guard Callie Owens connected on back-to-back three-pointers to give the Mean Green a 36-26 lead at the half.

Junior center Anisha George and Bradley were the top two scorers in the first half for North Texas. Bradley, who was coming off a 40-point performance against North Dakota State last week, finished the night with a game-high 30 points.

With three minutes to play in the third quarter, Southern Methodist freshman guard JaQuia White scored on a wide open fastbreak layup to give her team a 46-45 lead, the Mustangs first lead of the game.

Through three quarters, Southern Methodist outrebounded North Texas 41-28 and attempted 23 free throws, compared to 6 free throws for the Mean Green. The rebounding issue seemed to be because George, who is North Texas’ tallest player at 6’2, had to take a seat during the third quarter because of foul trouble.

The two teams battled back and forth throughout the final quarter until the Mustangs went on a 7-0 run to give themselves a 65-57 lead two minutes to play.

North Texas couldn’t contain forward Alicia Froling, who recorded a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Mustangs.

Southern Methodist was 27-of-34 from the free throw line during the game and knocked down free throws at the end of the game to cap off their second straight win.

UP NEXT — The Mean Green host Missouri State at the Super Pit Saturday, Dec. 1.

Featured Image: Mean Green point guard sophomore Trena Mims, competes against SMU Mustang, Ariana Whitfield, on Wednesday night’s game against SMU. Jessika Hardy

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