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Women’s basketball loses heartbreaking season finale

Women’s basketball loses heartbreaking season finale

March 07
23:11 2015

Reece Waddell / Staff Writer

The Mean Green women’s basketball team ended its season when it fell to the University of Texas at San Antonio 57-54 at Texas Women’s University’s Kitty Magee Arena. With the University of Rice winning its game tonight along with this loss, North Texas failed to qualify for the C-USA tournament.

North Texas (5-24, 4-14 C-USA) knew it had to win to keep their season alive and it was a defensive start to the game, with only 16 points being scored in the first ten minutes. Most of North Texas’ scoring came on dribble drives and the Mean Green scored 28 of its 54 points in the paint.

Senior guard BreAnna Dawkins had eight of her team’s first 15 points, and finished the night with 23 points on 6 of 16 shooting.

“I thought I played well tonight,” Dawkins said. “I came out looking to shoot. I had a bad game on Thursday so I wanted to play better tonight.”

The second half was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams exchanging blows. North Texas seemed to answer every UTSA (16-14, 11-7 C-USA) score until the final few minutes. Foul trouble became an issue in the second half, with both teams going into the bonus before the halfway mark.

Sophomore guard Candice Adams and sophomore forward Eboniey Jeter fouled out with under four minutes to play. UTSA Head Coach Lubomyr Lichonczak picked up a technical foul with 10:54 in the second half after arguing a no call on a breakaway. Head coach Mike Petersen said despite the drama, he felt the game was officiated fairly.

“They called it both ways,” Petersen said. “It’s officiating. They did their jobs.”

Jeter said she did all she could, but getting into foul trouble complicated matters.

“It was a physical game,” Jeter said. “I did everything I could to help our team win.”

Despite leading for 32:05 during the course of the game, North Texas succumbed to the stifling full-court trap employed by the Roadrunners in the waning moments of the game. The Mean Green committed five turnovers in the last four minutes, a statistic Petersen said cost them the game.

“This was different than last game,” Petersen said. “Last game they took it from us. Tonight, it was panic turnovers, and that’s on me. I have to do a better job of keeping our team composed.”

UTSA took its third lead of the game on a breakaway layup off a steal with 1:30 left in the game. After UTSA senior guard Kamra King went one of two at the free throw line, The Mean Green once again fought back, tying the game at 54-54 on the back of clutch free throws by Dawkins. On the next possession, Jeter fouled out and UTSA took the lead for good at 56-54. UTSA added one more free throw to seal the deal at 57-54.

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