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Women’s basketball hangs on for close win over SMU

Women’s basketball hangs on for close win over SMU

December 01
21:04 2015

Brady Keane | Staff Writer

@BradyKeane3

The Mean Green women’s basketball team knocked off rival Southern Methodist University 60-57 Tuesday night at the Super Pit. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Mean Green (2-3).

Despite holding a 14-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Mean Green allowed SMU (3-3) to grab a two-point lead with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. However, the Mean Green offense did enough down the stretch behind the play of junior point guard Kelsey Criner to regain the lead en-route to the team’s first home win of the season.

Criner finished the game with a game high 17-points while adding a team-high eight rebounds.

After taking more than a two minutes to get on the board, the Mean Green offense picked up speed on their way to an 18-point first quarter. Criner paced the offensive attack with seven points in the frame, and the Mean Green built a lead with a 13-2 run while shooting 50 percent from the field.

With the Mean Green offense clicking, SMU attempted to slow down head coach Jalie Mitchell’s up-tempo offensive attack by picking up their defensive intensity midway through the first-quarter. From there, the Mean Green had more trouble getting into an offensive set while also struggling at times with turnovers.

While the Mean Green finished with 16 turnovers, it was an improvement on the season high 26-turnovers that the team had in the loss to Arizona last week.

With Criner in control, the Mean Green offense finished just above its season average of 57 points per game. North Texas had a steady offensive output for the majority of the night, outscoring SMU in all but the fourth quarter.

SMU entered the game averaging 71 points per game, but the Mean Green defense had arguably their best performance of the season in holding the Mustangs to just 57. The Mean Green also held SMU’s leading scorer, Alicia Froling, well below her season average at five points on the night.

North Texas will host Weber State University in the opening round of the Hospitality Hill tournament on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Super Pit. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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