UNT-FAU running blog

Final — UNT falls 71-60. I will be back later.

2:35 — UNT is down 67-54 and just took a timeout. The Mean Green appears to be toast.

3:10 — UNT is down 63-54 at the final media timeout. FAU has hit two big 3s late and has 11 for the game. Alexis Hyder has 15 points and 13 rebounds for UNT.

5:28 — UNT is down 55-48 late in the second half. FAU has the ball out of the timeout. FAU is getting the ball to UNT killer Chenise Miller here late. She just scored to put FAU up seven. BreAnna Dawkins has 10 for UNT.

5:58 — UNT is down 53-48 as we go down the stretch here in the second half. UNT was down seven before Laura McCoy hit a layup.

10:54 — Takia Brooks just hit a pretty big 3 for FAU to give the Owls a 46-40 lead. FAU has nine 3s, including four in the second half. Alexis Hyder has 15 points and 11 rebounds for UNT. FAU is 8-for-12 from the floor in the second half.

11:14 — UNT was down five, but is back within 43-40.

14:51 — UNT is down 35-34 at the first media timeout of the second half. UNT had gone up 34-32, but Briah Blakely – the sister who plays for FAU — hit a 3. Alexis Hyder has 13 points and 11 rebounds for UNT.

17:39 — FAU has opened the second half on an 8-0 run and has taken a 32-31 lead. The Owls have hit back-to-back 3s. UNT looks a little out of sorts. Alexis Hyder has 11. UNT has let FAU back in it. The Owls look a whole lot more confident.

Halftime — UNT is up 31-24 at halftime. It doesn’t look like Loryn Goodwin will get to 20 for a fourth straight game. She has five at halftime. FAU doesn’t look anything like the team UNT lost to earlier in the year. Chenise Miller, who has two straight 20-point games against UNT and a 17-point game before that, has not taken a shot from the floor.

18.0 — UNT is up 31-24 late in the first half. FAU got to within five at one point. Alexis Hyder has 11.

3:45 — FAU looks like it has finally shown up. The Owls are on a 7-0 run and have cut UNT’s lead to 26-19. UNT is playing pretty well. Alexis Hyder has eight points and seven rebounds for UNT.

7:41 — UNT is up 24-12. Things have been pretty even since UNT ran out to a 13-1 lead. Alexis Hyder has eight points for UNT. Mean Green killer Chenise Miller hasn’t even taken a shot yet.

11:39 — UNT went up 13-1 before FAU started to look like it might show up. UNT is still ahead 18-7, but FAU is headed to the line, where Breanna Turner will look to convert a three-point play. Alexis Hyder has six points. UNT is 8-for-14 from the floor.

15:27 — UNT is up 10-1 at the first media timeout. FAU has missed all six of its shots from the floor and is 1-for-4 from the line. BreAnna Dawkins and Alexis Hyder both have four points for UNT. Sara Stanley has two early fouls.

Round two of the Blakely Bowl is coming up here in a few minutes. UNT and Braylah Blakely will take on Florida Atlantic and Briah Blakely at the Super Pit.

The whole family has turned out and I am camped out on press row.

FAU has lost seven of its last eight, while UNT has lost three of its last four.

UNT really needs to get something going in these last three games of the year if it wants to post a top-five finish in the Sun Belt and earn a first-round bye in the Sun Belt tournament.

Loryn Goodwin has been on fire of late and can become the first UNT freshman ever to score 20 points in four straight games if she can pull it off tonight.

UNT will have to slow down Chenise Miller, who has scored 20 points in each of her last two games against UNT. She has pretty much owned UNT throughout her career.

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