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Women’s basketball puts away Marshall with balanced attack

Women’s basketball puts away Marshall with balanced attack

North Texas junior guard Terra Ellison (20) shoots a 3­pointer during an exhibition against Texas Woman's University. Ryan Vance | Senior Staff Photographer

Women’s basketball puts away Marshall with balanced attack
January 14
20:22 2016

Clay Massey | Staff Writer

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North Texas got back to the .500 mark in both the season tally and in Conference-USA play after a 71-63 road win over the Marshall Herd.

The Mean Green starters stayed out of foul trouble and put the game out of reach early with a balanced offensive attack. The starting five scored the majority of the team’s points on the night with only 12 points coming from the bench.

“Our balance is critical to our success,” head coach Jalie Mitchell said. “We need everybody to be available and to step up. They can’t guard everything in my opinion. Whatever they’re going to give up, we need to take advantage of it, and I think we did that tonight.”

While it seemed like North Texas (7-7, 2-2) had the game in hand for the majority of the ballgame thanks to senior Acheil Tac’s fifth double-double of the season and junior Candice Adams’ 18 points, a season high 28 turnovers and late foul trouble kept Marshall in the game.

Marshall (11-4, 1-3) scored 38 points off of North Texas turnovers. Junior Terra Ellison would help the Mean Green pull away, putting up 12 of her 18 points in the second half. Ellison came within one rebound of a double-double of her own before fouling out of the contest.

Marshall outscored North Texas 31-29 in the fourth quarter, the highest scoring quarter for both sides. However, the lead was too much for the Herd to overcome, as they shot 52% from the free throw line with North Texas picking up late fouls.

Coming off of a triple overtime loss to Rice University, Mitchell was impressed with her team’s response.

“I think that they definitely paid attention to some things we talked about since the Rice game,” Mitchell said. “Defensively, I was very pleased with our first half, holding this high power offense to 21 points in one half. I thought was impressive. Not so great in the second half, but most of that was us putting them on the foul line.”

Next Up: North Texas stays on the road as they travel to take on Western Kentucky University on Saturday Jan. 16th. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

Featured Image: Junior guard Terra Ellison (20) scored 18 points during the game against Rice University. File Photo

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