Women’s basketball ends losing streak in blowout victory

Women’s basketball ends losing streak in blowout victory

Courtney Anderson | Staff Writer

@CPaigeA23

The Mean Green women’s basketball team (9-14, 4-9) defeated Florida International University 58-40, putting an end to its five game losing streak. With 11 unanswered points in the first quarter, North Texas began to blow past their opponent, setting the stage for the rest of the night.

The Mean Green headed in to the second quarter up 16-11. That five point difference was the closest the Mean Green and Panthers (4-21, 2-12) were to each other again.

Candice Adams brought 14 points to the table to lead North Texas in scoring, tying the Panthers leading scorer of the night, Tianah Alvarado. Adams went 6-for-12 on field goals, having the highest percentage on the team. She also revealed two 3-pointers up her sleeve, also a team high.

“We executed pretty well today,” Adams said. “Our defensive stops helped us as well.”

What North Texas lacked in rebounds last Thursday against Old Dominion University, they made up for tonight. Dominating both offensively and defensively, the women picked up 47 out of the game’s 80 rebounds.

Head coach Jalie Mitchell recognized the battle against the glass tonight, praising senior guard Teadra Jones and senior forward Acheil Tac, who had 10 points and a team high of 16 rebounds.

“I’ve been asking them specifically to step up on that end,” Mitchell said. “They’ve done it.”

The defense Mitchell has been striving for stepped up to the court tonight. Florida International had 18 turnovers and North Texas had one less, but the Mean Green turned the Panthers miscues into 19 points. North Texas also held the Panthers to a scoreless drought in between the third and fourth quarters, forcing FIU to go over 13 minutes without a point.

“We gave each other a whole lot of energy,” Mitchell said. “[I] got onto them about their intensity,
or lack of, coming out of the locker room, and I thought they responded well.”

The largest run of the night for the Mean Green was during the Panthers’ drought, scoring 18 unanswered points. With that, North Texas finished with three double digit scorers: Adams, Kelsey Criner (who put up 13 points) and Tac.

“We came out strong and played together throughout the whole game,” Criner said. “It helped
us maintain the lead.”

The next matchup for the Mean Green will be in Boca Raton, Florida against Florida Atlantic University on Feb. 20. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

“It’s time to go get another one,” Mitchell said.

Featured Image: Senior guard Teadra Jones (2) drives the baseline looking for a pass. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

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