North Texas overcame a 16-point deficit but could not sustain its momentum in the final seconds and lost on the road to Charlotte 61-59.
Despite the loss, the Mean Green (6-9, 0-2 Conference USA) got a big game from junior Briesha Wynn, who scored a team-high 16 points, two short of her career high. She also had 13 rebounds to notch the second double-double of the season.
Junior Janis Peterson added 12 points and seven rebounds for UNT, while sophomore starting forward Acheil Tac also logged minutes in her return from a knee injury. She posted six points and six boards in 22 minutes of play.
“I had no issue with our effort tonight,” UNT head coach Mike Petersen said. “If we play with this kind of intensity and effort for the rest our games, I think will end this season in a good position.”
Despite a quick start offensively by the Mean Green, Charlotte (8-7, 2-0) countered midway through the first half with a 13-0 run that put UNT into an early hole.
Utilizing an effective 2-3 zone, the 49ers limited UNT to only 22 first-half points. But the Mean Green did not fold in the second half.
In a gutsy offensive surge, UNT stormed back to reclaim the lead at 46-45 behind a flurry of drives into the paint and a 3-pointer by Wynn with about nine minutes to go.
The two teams exchanged blows and runs down the stretch resulting in one last chance for the Mean Green with five seconds remaining. Freshman point guard Candice Adams drove the length of the floor and put up a last-second floater from the paint that did not fall.
UNT returns home seeking its first C-USA victory when it plays host to Marshall at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Angelo State 62, TWU 55
The Pioneers fought back from a 19-point deficit to within four, but fell short in a loss to Angelo State on Saturday in San Angelo.
Junior Toree Mason led three players in double figures with a game-high 13 points and had a team-high seven rebounds for TWU (5-8, 1-3 Lone Star Conference). Junior Barbara-Scott Kolb scored 12 points, while sophomore Danielle Westerfield added 10.
Angelo State (8-5, 2-1) built a 10-point lead midway through the first half and extended the lead to 32-13 at 3:50 mark before settling with a 37-21 halftime lead.
Down 14 early in the second half, TWU made its run behind Kolb, who hit four 3-pointers in a span of seven minutes to make it 47-41. The Pioneers cut it to a four-point deficit with 1:14 to go before the Belles sealed the win from the free-throw line.
“We can’t dig ourselves a hole in the first half and expect to win games,” TWU head coach Beth Jillson said. “Barbara-Scott and Toree stepped up and made some big shots. We need to be consistent and put 40 minutes together.”
After shooting just 28 percent in the first half, the Pioneers regrouped to hit 45 percent of their shots in the second.
The Pioneers return to action at Thursday, when they travel to Lawton, Okla., to play Cameron at 6 p.m.