UNT came out of its late season funk in the nick of time tonight, sneaking past Arkansas State 53-51.
Alexis Hyder was terrific, finishing with 20 points and 18 rebounds. She scored nine of UNT’s last 10 points and helped the Mean Green avoid folding down the stretch as it had in a few games recently.
Laura McCoy picked up a key steal on the final possession of the game and dribbled the clock out.
So now UNT will sit and wait to see where it will fall in the Sun Belt tournament bracket while the rest of the teams in the league play on Saturday. It’s an odd time for a bye, but it’s not a terrible time for UNT.
It was a little odd to not see Loryn Goodwin, who has been great all year, fail to score. Desiree Nelson was having a good game and UNT road her at the shooting guard spot. Nelson finished with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Sara Stanley made her final appearance at home for UNT and scored nine points, including a 3 late in the second half in a key spot that tied the game at 43-43.
Stanley also played well defensively while helping hold Jane Morrill and Jalen O’Bannon in check. Morrill had 11. She’s really good, arguably one of the better post players in the league, and was capable of doing a whole lot more damage. O’Bannon was coming off a 20-point game, but UNT never let her get to the rim, where she does most of her damage.
UNT was in position to make a run at the Sun Belt West Division title a few weeks ago, but fell well short of that goal. UNT did finish 10-10 in league play, though, marking the first time since the 2005-06 season the Mean Green has not finished with a losing record in league play.