ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — North Texas fought hard until the end Friday, but New Mexico was too strong and won 81-59 in the New Mexico tournament.
North Texas (0-4) was slow out of the gate, allowing New Mexico (5-0) to go on a 11-0 run to start the game. After a timeout, UNT coach Mike Petersen was able to stabilize the team, and the Mean Green fought back to make it 13-11.
A deep, no-hesitation 3-pointer from UNT guard Laura McCoy silenced the Pit with six minutes remaining in the first period.
Petersen utilized a 2-2-1 zone press to slow the UNM attack.
Nine players scored for the Mean Green in the first half, and McCoy hit a half-court buzzer beater to cut the New Mexico lead to 39-35 at halftime.
UNT began the second half with a wide-open trey from the corner by Desiree Nelson.
New Mexico extended its lead to 58-46 with 10 minutes remaining. The Lobos pushed the score to 74-57 with three minutes left and never looked back.
Today at 5 p.m., North Texas plays St. Bonaventure, which fell to Georgia, in the consolation game.
Colorado Christian 78, TWU 71
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — TWU rallied from a 12-point deficit to take the lead in the second half, but Colorado Christian hit crucial 3-pointers to hold off the Pioneers in the CCU Thanksgiving Tournament.
TWU was led by forward Ria Pateraki’s first career double-double. She scored 16 points and cleared a game-high 13 rebounds.
Junior guard Rachel Schlosser led the Pioneers with 17 points. Barbara-Scott Kolb came off the bench and added nine points, while Taylor Swift, Tabbatha Thurmond and Toree Mason scored eight points apiece.
Colorado Christian used a 7-0 run halfway through the first half to take an 18-11 lead. The Cougars led 28-16 with 4:46 left, but TWU closed out the half on a 10-3 run to cut the deficit to five points.
In the second half, the Pioneers scored nine straight points to take a 43-42 lead with 12:29 left.
The Cougars knocked down five of eight shots from behind the arc in the second half to capture the seven-point win.
“We struggled in the first half with 15 turnovers but fought back and played a great second half,” TWU coach Beth Jillson said. “We have to put two halves together to win, and it’s disappointing. We struggled against their press in the first half but did a better job breaking the press in the second and got wide-open layups.”
The Pioneers outrebounded CCU 40-38 but committed 18 turnovers. TWU finished with 43.8 percent shooting.
The Pioneers continue tourney play at 4 p.m. today against Northwest Missouri State.