The North Texas women's basketball team will face Louisiana Tech this afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament at the Ford Center.
UNT is the No. 11 seed and upset Charlotte, the No. 6 seed, in the first round. The Mean Green played well defensively and showed better offensive balance in a 58-55 win.
UNT had four players finish with at least eight points. Terriell Bradley scored 16 points to lead the Mean Green and continued her consistent play.
The key for UNT was the fact several other players got into the act. Lauren Holmes came back from going scoreless in a loss to Rice to end the regular season with 11 points. Grace Goodhart scored 10 points and hit a huge 3 late. Micayla Buckner added eight.
UNT is 16-13 in a season the Mean Green have taken another step forward no matter what happens today. It is worth mentioning again that this is UNT's first winning season in 12 years. The Mean Green have also won a conference tournament game for the third straight year under coach Jalie Mitchell.
UNT has not won multiple games in a conference tournament since 2002, when Mitchell was playing for the Mean Green.
Louisiana Tech is the No. 3 seed and is 19-10 on the season. Alexus Malone is averaging 14.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Lady Techsters and was a first team All-C-USA selection this year. Kierra Anthony is adding 14.3 points per game and was a second-team pick.
Louisiana Tech won the regular season meeting between the teams 61-53.
Stay tuned. I will update the blog all day.
Starters for UNT -- Brittany Smith, Trena Mims, Grace Goodhart, Terriell Bradley and Micayla Buckner.
4:50 -- UNT is up 11-9 on Louisiana Tech at the first media timeout of the first half. Brittany Smith and Terriell Bradley each have four points for UNT in the early going. Both teams are shooting 50 percent from the floor.
End of the first quarter -- UNT is up 21-18 at the end of the first quarter. The Mean Green shot the ball really well in the opening 10 minutes. Adrianna Henderson has six points for UNT. Six players are on the board for the Mean Green.
4:51 -- UNT went on a 15-2 run that spanned the first and second quarters to take a 10-point lead. The Mean Green are now up 30-22 and will have the ball coming out of this timeout. Adrianna Henderson has nine points for UNT.
2:25 -- Lauren Holmes bombed in a 3 and Terriell Bradley scored on a breakaway layup to put UNT up 39-24. TO Louisiana Tech.
Halftime -- UNT is up 41-29 at halftime of its game against Louisiana Tech in the Conference USA tournament. That was one of the best halves of basketball UNT has played all season. Adrianna Henderson has nine points for the Mean Green, who have five players with at least five points. The Mean Green went on a huge 15-2 run in the first half that gave them a lead they held on to for the rest of the half.
4:52 -- UNT is up 52-35 midway through the third quarter here in Frisco. Trena Mims has 11 points and six rebounds for UNT. Louisiana Tech went on a mini 6-2 run, but Deja Terrell scored in the lane to give UNT some momentum again.
2:07 -- Louisiana Tech is on an 8-0 run and has cut UNT's lead to 52-43. UNT is struggling to prevent the Lady Techsters from getting the ball into the post and scoring when they get there. A couple of turnovers have not helped matters.
End of the third quarter -- Louisiana Tech has cut UNT's lead to 57-50 entering the fourth quarter. Brittany Smith hit a huge runner for the Mean Green at the buzzer after Louisiana Tech had cut its deficit to five. Louisiana Tech outscored UNT 21-16 in the third quarter. Trena Mims has 11 points for UNT.
3:29 -- UNT is clinging to a 63-59 lead over Louisiana Tech at the final media timeout. Lauren Holmes just drew a charge. UNT will have the ball coming out of this timeout.
1:28 -- UNT is up 65-61. Alexis Malone just scored to pull Louisiana Tech within four. TO LT.
53.8 -- UNT is up 69-65. Louisiana Tech just hit a 3 to keep things interesting. Trena Mims has been clutch at the line, hitting four straight.
36.7 -- UNT is up 71-65 after Grace Goodhart hit two clutch free throws. Louisiana Tech just took a timeout. UNT has hit eight straight from the line.
23.4 -- UNT is up 72-67 and just took a timeout after Louisiana Tech scored. UNT has hit nine of its 10 free throws down the stretch. Trena Mims has 19 points for UNT.
6.5 -- UNT is up 74-69 and just took a timeout. The Mean Green are about to put this one away unless something really historic happens.
4.2 -- UNT now has a 76-69 lead on Louisiana Tech after Terriell Bradley hit a pair of free throws.
Final -- UNT knocks off Louisiana Tech 76-69 to advance in the Conference USA tournament semifinals.