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Recap: Women’s basketball falls short at the buzzer at Florida International

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On Thursday, North Texas’ women’s basketball team (7-8, 1-2 Conference USA) made a late-game rally in an attempt to come back after falling to an early deficit to Florida International (4-10, 1-2 C-USA). However, the Mean Green eventually lost in a tight game with the final score being 58-56. 

The road loss could’ve been more drastic for the Mean Green as they began the game trailing the Panthers 23-4. 

North Texas fought back to eventually take their first lead of the game after junior guard Trena Mims’ 3-pointer in the third quarter. This sparked the beginning of a Mean Green 9-0 run which gave them their largest lead tall game, 36-29. 

“I was proud of the way that we fought back after getting down early,” head coach Jalie Mitchell said in a press release. “We played good at times, but we allowed them to get on some runs that really hurt us.” 

The Panthers responded with a 13-4 run of their own to conclude the third period with a 42-40 advantage. 

The game came down to the wire as the Mean Green were able to tie the game back up with 1:25 remaining in the fourth quarter after sophomore forward Charlene Shepherd hit a crucial 3-pointer. 

Shepherd knocked down another three with 18 seconds remaining and missed another at the 0:06 mark to go for the win. Senior center Anisha George attempted a put-back on Shepherd’s miss but failed to fall resulting in a win at home for the Panthers. 

Mims led the Mean Green in scoring with 12, while George and Shepherd both contributed 11 points each. 

Next up: North Texas will take on Florida Atlantic (7-7, 1-2 C-USA) on the road in Boca Raton on Saturday. 

Featured Image: Freshman forward Destinee McDowell, after obtaining the ball, runs across the court in an attempt to score on Nov. 20, 2019. Image by Ryan Cantrell.

Article Originally Published by Joshua Paveglio on North Texas Daily

Source: North Texas Daily

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