Update 59.6 — UNT is up 59-49. This is over. I will be back later.
Update 3:35 — USA has pulled to 55-47. It’s getting late.
Update 6:47 — UNT is up 51-36 at the third media timeout of the second half and should be able to cruise the rest of the way. Tony Mitchell has 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Update 9:36 — UNT is up 49-33 despite the fact USA is on a 5-0 run that caused UNT to call a timeout.
Update 11:54 — UNT is up 46-29 midway through the second half. Alzee Williams has 11 points and Tony Mitchell 10 for UNT. The Mean Green has played really well defensively tonight. UNT has held Augustine Rubit in check. He has five points on the night.
Halftime — UNT is up 36-22 at halftime behind a balanced attack. Five players have six or seven points. USA is shooting 21 percent. Augustine Rubit, one of the better post players in the Sun Belt, has just three points and has taken one shot from the floor.
Update 3:48 — We are still at 29-17 at the final media timeout of the half. USA is 5-for-26 from the field.
Update 4:41 — UNT is up 29-17 late in the first half. USA is on a 7-1 run. UNT has lucked out. USA could have really made a dent if it had hit free throws.
Update 7:43 — This game looks like it’s pretty much over already. UNT is up 28-10 at the third media timeout of the first half. Alzee Williams and Jordan Williams both have seven points. USA is 2-for-19 from the floor.
Update 11:58 — UNT is playing maybe the best its has all season and has run out to a 22-6 lead at the second media timeout. Jordan Williams has seven points and Tony Mitchell six for UNT, which is up 22-6. UNT is 8-for-13 from the floor.
Update 15:21 men’s game — UNT is up 12-4 at the first media timeout of the men’s game. Tony Mitchell has six for UNT.
Final — UNT 67-47. Forgot to hit update before I ran to the press conference.
Update 3:26 — We have reached the final media timeout with UNT up 65-37. Sara Stanley, Alexis Hyder and Loryn Goodwin all have nine points for UNT, giving the Mean Green five players with at least nine. USA is 4-for-27 from 3. That’s not good.
Update 3:56 — USA is on an 8-0 run and has closed to within 65-37.
Update 4:01 — UNT has some of its backups in. The Mean Green is up 65-35. BreAnna Dawkins has 16 and Laura McCoy 13.
Update 7:05 — UNT is coasting to the finish. The Mean Green leads 65-29. BreAnna Dawkins has 16 for UNT.
Update 11:04 — UNT is still cruising here in the second half and is up 56-24 about halfway through the second half. Laura McCoy and BreAnna Dawkins are still leading UNT with 13 points each. UNT has four players with at least nine points.
Update 15:57 — UNT is up 47-20 at the first media timeout of the second half. Loryn Goodwin has hit 3s for UNT’s last six points. She has nine points. Laura McCoy still leads UNT with 13. She has hit all but one of her six shots on the day, going 5-for-6 from the floor to go along with two free throws.
Update 17:46 — UNT is up 40-19 early in the second half. USA just called a timeout. Alexis Hyder hit a 3 and Sara Stanley is headed to the line to try to complete a three-point play. UNT is cruising.
Halftime — Laura McCoy just hit a 3 at the buzzer to put UNT up 35-17. How USA left her with a look right before the buzzer is beyond me. The Blonde Bomber has 13, while BreAnna Dawkins has 10. UNT played really well defensively in the first half.
Update 1:30 — UNT just called a timeout while holding a 30-17 lead. BreAnna Dawkins is having a great half with 10 points.
Update 3:47 — UNT is up 25-13 at the final media timeout of the first half BreAnna Dawkins has seven points and Laura McCoy six for UNT. USA has been terrible offensively and is 5-for-26 from the floor. The Jags are 1-for-13 from 3.
Update 7:11 — UNT has pushed its lead to 18-10. Laura McCoy has four points to pace UNT, which has seven players who have scored so far. USA is just 4-for-21 from the floor.
Update 11:17 — UNT is up 14-8 at the second media timeout of the first half. No one has more than three points for UNT, which is playing pretty well defensively. USA is shooting 21 percent from the field. UNT has a 13-9 edge on the glass.
Update 15:35 — UNT is up 9-2 at the first media timeout of the first half. UNT is 4-for-7 from the field. Four different players have scored for UNT, including Loryn Goodwin, who has a 3.
I’m here for the UNT-USA doubleheader here at the Super Pit. The UNT women are on a roll and are in first place in the Sun Belt Conference’s West Division at 4-2. The UNT men are trying to work their way out of a horrible side and have lost five of six — not to mention half the team to injury.
The UNT men 6-11 and 1-5. The UNT women are 5-10 overall.
The USA women are 10-6 overall and 3-2 in league play. The USA men are 8-7 and 5-2.
The headline matchup today is UNT forward Tony Mitchell taking on USA forward Augustine Rubit, who is putting up 19.7 points and 11.1 rebounds a game.
It will be interesting to see if some of UNT’s injured players come back for this game, including Jacob Holmen and Justin Patton, although I doubt they do.
In a side note, UNT’s all-time leader in wins in women’s basketball is here. Tina Slinker came by to see her former player Mansa El play her final college game in Denton. El was recruited by Slinker, played one year for UNT after Slinker left, saw the hand writing on the wall and got out while she had the chance.
Slinker led UNT to the WNIT twice and is quite possibly one of the nicer people on the planet. Great to see her back.