In a matchup against the 13th-ranked team in the nation, North Texas women battled back from a 20-point first-half deficit to close within 10, but couldn’t maintain the rally and fell to Texas A&M 67-48 on Monday night at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green found it difficult to operate against the Aggies’ aggressive man-to-man defense, which forced UNT to work not only for shots but to move the ball through disrupted passing lanes.
“They’re very good defensively,” North Texas coach Mike Petersen said of the Aggies. “They really, really get after you, and we didn’t handle it very well. They really disrupted us, and when they did, we came apart a little.”
The Mean Green (1-1) finished the game hitting just 31.7 percent of its shots from the field.
“They’re 13th in the country for a reason,” Petersen said. “We just didn’t make enough plays to have a chance to compete with the 13th-best team in the country.”
Junior Briesha Wynn finished as the only UNT player in double figures with 13 points.
In the early going, defense kept the Mean Green close, outrebounding the much taller Aggies (1-0) through the first 10 minutes. But the inability to get the offense untracked allowed Texas A&M to steadily move out to a comfortable lead.
After Achiel Tac drew UNT within two at 8-6, A&M went on an 18-2 run to open a 24-8 lead. The Mean Green fell behind by as many as 20 points, but finished the half on a 6-0 run, capped by a three-point field goal by Desiree Nelson, to close the gap to 37-23 at halftime.