Update 41.7 — UNT is down 68-61 and is done. I will be back later.
Update 6:35 — UNT keeps hanging around, but can’t quite make that big run to cut this to a one or two-possession game. MTSU is up 58-49 lead late in the second half.
Update 8:41 — UNT has pulled to within 52-43 with a late run. Jordan Williams has 13 and Roger Franklin 10. MTSU has called a timeout.
Update 11:00 — MTSU has just dropped in three 3s in a 11-0 run to extend its lead to 50-35. This one is getting away from UNT.
Update 11:57 — UNT is down 42-33 midway through the second half. Jordan Williams has 11 points for UNT.
Update 15:53 — UNT is down 34-27 at the first media timeout of the second half. Niko Stojiljkovic hit a free throw to end MTSU’s 6-0 run. UNT is shooting just 36.4 percent from the floor.
Update 16:28 — MTSU is up 34-26 and is on a 6-0 run. Jordan Williams has nine points for UNT. Tony Mitchell has eight.
Halftime — UNT is down 28-23 at halftime. Tony Mitchell hit a baseline jumper to pull UNT a little closer in the closing seconds.
Update 3:32 — UNT is down 23-19 late in the first half. Jordan Williams has six points and Tony Mitchell five for UNT. The Mean Green is 7-for-22 from the floor.
Update 6:02 — MTSU has scored the last four points to take a 21-15 lead. UNT has just taken a timeout. UNT is 5-for-18 from the floor.
Update 7:46 — Tony Mitchell has set UNT’s career blocks record in the early going. UNT is down 17-13 and is just 5-for-17 from the field.
Update 9:49 — UNT is down 15-11 at the second media timeout of the first half. Tony Mitchell has a 3 for UNT.
Update 15:38 men’s game — MTSU is up 8-6 in the early going.
Final — MTSU 60, UNT 47. I will be back with the men’s game.
Update 3:12 — MTSU is on the verge of putting UNT away. The Blue Raiders are up 57-43. Kortni Jones has taken 27 shots for MTSU. She has 21 points. I don’t know if I have ever seen that. Loryn Goodwin has 19 for UNT, which has just 13 points in the second half.
Update 7:43 — UNT is down 50-43 at the third media timeout of the second half. MTSU just drew a charge on BreAnna Dawkins in the open floor. Loryn Goodwin has 19 for UNT.
Update 9:18 — UNT has pulled to within 48-41 with a modest 7-3 run. Loryn Goodwin finally shook free for a 3. UNT just called for time.
Update 11:39 — UNT finally snapped MTSU’s run with an Acheil Tac jumper and just forced a turnover. UNT is down 45-36. Momentum is with MTSU at this point. Ebony Rowe has 18 for MTSU.
Update 12:05 — MTSU has opened up a 45-34 lead here in the second half and is on a 13-0 run. UNT can’t seem to get an open look. Loryn Goodwin has 14 for UNT, which just called a timeout.
Update 14:34 — UNT is still down 37-34 and has gone cold in the second half. UNT caught a break when a Kortni Jones 3 went halfway down and came back out. MTSU is 4-for-18 from 3. UNT has just four points so far in the second half. MTSU is on a 10-4 run.
Update 16:41 — MTSU has taken a 37-34 lead early in the second half and just picked up a turnover on a charge. Kortni Jones has hit two 3s in the second half for the Blue Raiders. She has 12 points for MTSU. MTSU has a 25-19 edge on the glass. The Blue Raiders made some good adjustments at halftime.
Halftime — We have reached halftime with UNT up 30-27 on MTSU. The Blue Raiders came back from a horrible start, but UNT managed to hang on late in the first half. Loryn Goodwin had a monster first half with 14 points. UNT went a remarkable 6-for-10 from 3, including a NBA-range bomb from Goodwin. UNT turned it over 10 times, which wasn’t all that outlandish. Ebony Rowe has 14 points for MTSU.
Update 3:35 — UNT is still hanging on to a 25-21 lead, thanks largely to Loryn Goodwin. The freshman has 14 points for UNT. She hit a big 3 after MTSU pulled to within three. Laura McCoy has three fouls.
Update 7:10 — UNT is still up 18-14, but MTSU is getting back into this one. MTSU is on a 12-3 run. The only points UNT has scored during the run was an NBA-distance 3 from Loryn Goodwin. The freshman has nine points. MTSU is starting to heat up.
Update 9:07 — UNT has gone cold while MTSU has gone on a 7-0 run. UNT is up 15-9.
Update 11:59 — UNT has pushed its lead to 15-5 at the second media timeout of the first half. The Mean Green was up 15-2 before MTSU hit a 3. UNT is playing really well defensively. MTSU is getting good looks, but is rushing them and not hitting a thing. MTSU is 2-for-14 from the floor. Laura McCoy has six points for UNT.
Update 15:47 — UNT is off to a great start and is up 6-0 at the first media timeout. Laura McCoy and BreAnna Dawkins have both hit 3s. MTSU is getting good looks, but isn’t hitting anything. The Blue Raiders are 0-for-6 from the field. UNT has five turnovers, but hasn’[t given up any fastbreak points.
UNT is about to tip off its doubleheader against Middle Tennessee. I arrived a bit late after finishing up some material for the blog on the paper on the football front.
The UNT women have lost nine straight to MTSU. The game is a matchup of Sun Belt division co-leaders. MTSU has won seven straight.
UNT will try to pull the upset in the men’s game. MTSU might be the best team in the league. Tony Benford believes MTSU is a fringe Top 25 team. MTSU handled UNT pretty easily earlier in the year.
The key in both games will be UNT’s ability to handle MTSU’s pressure. Both teams press. The MTSU women press the whole game. That could be tough on UNT, which will be without backup point guard Hannah Christian again tonight.
There is no telling who will play for the UNT men, who are missing half their team at this point.