Haven’t had a chance to mention it on the blog until now, but the UNT women gave one of the country’s elite teams a run last night before falling at Oklahoma.
UNT led for much of the second half, but OU made 20 of its final 23 free throws, and 30 of 40 overall.
You are not going to get the calls on the road at OU if you are UNT, which has never beaten a ranked team. The Sooners are ranked 13th in his week’s AP poll.
Alexis Hyder continued to play well, scoring 15 to go along with 12 rebounds.
Jasmine Godbolt is expected to be back for UNT’s next game on Dec. 18. Her return should make UNT ever better in the paint and allow Hyder to slide over to the power forward spot she was supposed to play all along.
Loryn Goodwin, another freshman, had 14 points.
Don’t forget that two of this team’s best players — TCU transfer Briesha Wynn and Tulsa transfer Taylor Hooker — are both sitting out this season.
Mike Petersen mentioned after the game that if UNT plays like it did against OU, it should be able to hang with anyone in the Sun Belt.
I thought this quote from OU coach Sherri Coale after the game said a lot:
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder of a team in 17 years of doing this. Unbelievable determination and they revealed their mettle and their character. I talk about their character all the time. It’s one thing to talk about it, it’s another thing for however many people got to witness it tonight.”
There’s a reason OU had to show that kind of mettle, and that’s the way UNT played.
It is worth pointing out that we are talking up a team that is 2-6.
But considering the schedule UNT has played, one could make the case that the Mean Green is a really good team even with that record.