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Women’s basketball wins consecutive games for first time this season

Women’s basketball wins consecutive games for first time this season

February 21
18:25 2015

Akshay Mirchandani / Sports Editor

The Mean Green women’s basketball team beat Florida International University 77-61 at home Saturday afternoon. This marks the first time all season North Texas has won two straight games.

“We’ve seen the ball go in the basket on consecutive nights,” head coach Mike Petersen said. “It shows that Thursday night wasn’t a fluke, it’s not an anomaly.”

The first half was close until the end, with both teams trading buckets. But North Texas (5-20, 4-10) went on a 6-0 run to end the first half and take a 38-30 lead into halftime over FIU (3-22, 0-14).

“It was on us to kind of put them away for a little bit so they wouldn’t have the motivation to come back,” junior forward Acheil Tac said. “That was very big for us.”

Thursday’s win against Florida Atlantic University was big for the Mean Green offense, and it carried over into the first half of this game. The Mean Green shot 45.5 percent from the field, and were led by senior guard BreAnna Dawkins with 13 first half points.

“I’m getting good looking shots, getting open shots,” Dawkins said. “It’s just my teammates finding me, and I’m able to score.”

The Mean Green extended its lead to double digits early the second half, thanks to another 6-0 run. FIU responded, and cut the lead back to single digits at 54-45 with about 12:37 left to play.

But, the Mean Green went on a 12-2 run later in the half to extend its lead to 66-52 with 8:14 remaining. The team kept its foot on the throttle, and built up a 75-56 lead with 3:43 left to play, and never gave it up.

Dawkins followed up her 24 point, 13 rebound performance on Thursday with 21 points. Tac recorded her second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 19 rebounds.

“Both of those things are impressive, but neither of those things are terribly shocking to me,” Petersen said. “I have confidence in our players.

The Mean Green shot 42.9 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free throw line. The North Texas defense was able to hold FIU to 33.9 percent shooting for the game.

“I feel like we’ve been executing well all season, but the shots weren’t falling,” Tac said. “And now the shots are falling because we’re more focused, we have a lot of energy and we know what we need to do to get to where we want to be.

The Mean Green will take its two game winning streak on the road Feb. 26, when it takes on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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