Jan. 19, 2008
North Texas went on a second half run that would put them up by as many as 18 points. Florida Atlantic University's last second run would fall short as The Mean Green defeated the Owls 74-66 at FAU Arena.
North Texas led for much of the first half, leading by as many as six at 24-18. That's when FAU went on an 11-1 run. A three by Brittany Bowe gave the Owls a 27-25 lead. Jaimie Givens hit a jumper that punctuated the run at 29-25. North Texas then went on an 8-0 run at the end of the half to give the Mean Green a 33-29 halftime lead.
North Texas started off the second half with a 14-2 run, led by Amber Jackson's 22 points on eight-of-ten shooting to give UNT a 14 point lead. They would lead by as many as 18 before FAU would rally late in the game, thanks to buckets by Givens', who lead FAU with 19, and Carla Stubbs, who added 17. FAU cut the lead to six, and had a chance to cut it further but Stubbs missed a corner three, and after an FAU foul, the rally effectively ended.
"I was proud of the kids for the way they came back through a lot of adversity," said Head Coach Chancellor Dugan. "But we've got to get back to basics this week."
The Owls shot 41 percent from the floor (26-62), and was five of 16 from beyond the arc. But they couldn't overcome 19 turnovers in the ballgame. Along with Givens and Stubbs, Breana Cox was the only other Owls in double-digits with 10.
Four Mean Green players scored double-figures, led by Jackson's 22. Erica Howard added 18, Brittney James had 13 and Jo Hall added 10 for North Texas (9-10, 4-3 SBC). North Texas shot 16 of 33 in the second half.
FAU falls to 4-12, 0-7 in the Sun Belt. They return to action on Thursday night against Denver in a game that will be played at Lynn University Gymnasium due to the Republican Presidential Debate at the FAU Boca Raton Campus. Tip-off is at 5:30 and all seats for Thursday night are worth $5. For tickets, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS. - FAU -