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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

The North Texas women's basketball team will take on Oklahoma Panhandle State this afternoon in its final nonconference game before opening Conference USA play next week.

The Mean Green are off to an 8-3 start and have been playing well.

Here's our advance of today's game:

One other key point here -- Lauren Holmes and Adrianna Henderson will be available today.

Both were dinged up before the Mean Green's nine-day holiday hiatus.

OPSU is an NAIA team that has an 8-2 record. UNT coach Jalie Mitchell said this won't be a cakewalk for the Mean Green.

Stay tuned for updates along the way.

4:36 -- UNT is up 13-9 at the first media timeout of its game against Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Mean Green are just bigger and more athletic. It's easy to see why OPSU is 8-2 on the season. Really well coach and knows where it's trying to go with the ball.

End of the first quarter -- UNT is up 17-14 at the end of the first quarter of its game against Oklahoma Panhandle State. Lauren Holmes has eight points for the Mean Green. OPSU is completely outgunned athletically, but keeps hanging around. UNT  has an 11-5 edge on the glass.

7:54 -- OPSU has opened the second quarter on a 5-0 run and has taken a 19-17 lead. Monti Regier just hit a 3 to put the Aggies up for the first time. Lauren Holmes has eight for UNT, which just took a timeout.

5:35 -- OPSU took 21-17 lead, but UNT has come back to score the last four points and tie up the game at 21-21.

Halftime -- UNT is up 32-29 at halftime of its game against Oklahoma Panhandle State here at the Super Pit. Lauren Holmes has 15 points for UNT. Oklahoma Panhandle is 3-for-6 from 3-point range and has held its own on the glass, where both teams have 14 rebounds . UNT has forced 13 turnovers and has taken 11 more shots than Oklahoma Panhandle State, an NAIA team that has done a heck of a job hanging around on the road against a Division I team.

5:24 -- UNT has opened the second half on an 11-0 run to take a 43-29 lead on Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Mean Green have forced a couple of shot clock violations and have turned up the pressure. The Aggies just took a timeout. 

End of the third quarter -- UNT held Oklahoma Panhandle State to three points in the third quarter and is up 51-32 heading into the final period. The Mean Green opened the third quarter on a 12-0 run. UNT has been in control ever since. Lauren Holmes has 17 points and Deja Terrell 12 for UNT.

6:09 -- UNT is up 56-36 on Oklahoma Panhandle State in the fourth quarter here at the Super Pit. Lauren Holmes has 19 points for the Mean Green, who are cruising to the finish.

Final -- UNT 63, Oklahoma Panhandle State 41