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Women’s basketball: Mean Green dominates Denver

DENVER — In the second and final game of its Colorado road swing, North Texas crushed former Sun Belt rival Denver 93-74 on Tuesday.

“I was extremely pleased with the effort on the back end of a tough road trip to Colorado,” UNT coach Mike Petersen said. “The team showed tremendous effort in the second half of the Northern Colorado game, and their focus carried over into this win. It really showed tonight.”

UNT (5-5) erupted in the first half, scoring 47 points — its most since posting 44 in the first frame against Bethune-Cookman. Led by newfound scoring threat Janis Peterson, who opened the game with 10 points, the Mean Green pushed the ball effectively, leading to easy buckets.

UNT ended the dominant opening half with Alexis Hyder’s buzzer-beating bank shot.

North Texas didn’t get off of the gas in the second half, blowing the Pioneers (1-9) out of their own building en route to a season-high 93 points.

Four players scored in double figures for North Texas. Hyder led the charge with a season-high 16 points. Senior Ash’Lynne Evans posted her first double-double since her sophomore campaign with 14 points and 12 boards.

Peterson continued her hot shooting, scoring 15 points in 26 minutes. Junior Briesha Wynn rounded out the offensive attack with 10 points off the bench to go with six rebounds.

North Texas returns home after four consecutive road contests to face regional rival SMU at noon Saturday at the Super Pit.