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Basketball: UNT women falter late in loss to Illinois-Chicago

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CHICAGO -- North Texas and Illinois-Chicago went blow-for-blow Monday night in the UIC Pavilion.

But the Flames got the final push.

With 18 seconds left in the game and the Mean Green trailing by two, UNT's Terriell Bradley was called for traveling. Frustrated at herself, she slammed the ball on the ground. Her post-travel action earned her a technical foul, which fouled her out of the game and put UIC at the free throw line and gave them the possession following the attempts.

The Mean Green (7-3) got one more chance to tie the game but the Flames (7-3) held on to win, 70-67.

"I think we turned it over too much and weren't focused enough," UNT coach Jalie Mitchell said. "I don't think we were all there. Our two point guards got in foul trouble and never really got into the swing of things and we go as they go."

The late turnover by Bradley was the Mean Green's 18th of the game, the most they've had all year, and was the 14th of the second half.

Bradley finished the game with a career-high 27 points, nine rebounds and tied her career-high with 6 assists.

Bradley was one of three Mean Green players who fouled out in the loss. Freshman point guard Trena Mims and redshirt junior post Micayla Buckner were the other two. Junior point guard Brittany Smith finished with four fouls.

The Flames outscored North Texas 21-12 in the fourth quarter for another double-digit comeback that has become a trend for the fearless UIC team.

They scored 30 points in the fourth quarter earlier this year to come from behind and beat Eastern Michigan despite a double-digit fourth quarter deficit.

UNT entered Monday's game on a nine-day break since their last game and, and it showed as the team couldn't overcome an early fourth quarter 11-2 run by the Flames, who grabbed 16 offensive boards in the contest and scored 17 points off the rebounds.

The 70 points allowed is a season high for UNT. The 14 turnovers forced easily was a season-low and eight fewer than what the Mean Green were averaging prior to Monday.

The lack of turnovers allowed UIC to become the first team this year to take more shots than the Mean Green in a game.

UNT will need to turn the page on Monday's loss quickly as they travel to Eastern Illinois for a 6 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday.