BLOOMINGTON, Ind -- North Texas nearly won despite a first-half deficit Tuesday at Indiana, coming up just short in a 68-63 loss.
The Mean Green trailed by as many as 15 in the third quarter and returned to their defensive identity to pull themselves back and take a two-point lead early in the fourth.
But the slow start and a 1-8 shooting stretch late in the game kept them from pulling off the large comeback at Assembly Hall.
"We didn't play our game in the first half," said UNT coach Jalie Mitchell. "It was more of us not communicating properly. I think we missed some assignments. At the same time, we need to get used to winning and figuring it out in this environment."
Led by Tyra Buss, Indiana (5-4) jumped on the Mean Green (6-2) for a 10-2 lead.
Buss, who was averaging just under 20 points per game, nearly matched that in the first half with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Indiana shot 63 percent from the floor in the first half and scored 41 points -- almost as much as Mean Green opponents were averaging per game.
The second half, however, belonged to Terriell Bradley and the North Texas defense.
Buss scored eight second-half points while Bradley scored 15. The UNT defense forced 13 turnovers, and the Mean Green outscored the Hoosiers 35-27 in the half.
Bradley made acrobatic layups, midrange jumpers and free throws as she finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
For Indiana, Guyer product Bre Wickware scored four points on 2-of-2 shooting. The sophomore forward had two rebounds and an assist in 14 minutes.
North Texas will host La Salle at 3 p.m. Saturday.