The UNT women had a tough go of it tonight at Middle Tennessee.
We don’t travel with the UNT women, but I thought I would jump on the blog real quick to post a few details.
UNT fell 86-42 at the Murphy Center, a place where teams generally go and get waxed. UNT nearly beat MTSU in Murfreesboro last year, but has been on the wrong end of several beatdowns at the Murphy Center in the past. Tonight was another one of those nights.
UNT head coach Mike Petersen mentioned heading into the game — and Alexis Hyder reiterated the point — that UNT had a plan for MTSU and its star player Ebony Rowe.
For those of you who have not been following along, the bottom line is this — Rowe is arguably the best player in C-USA and came into the game averaging 23 points a game.
Petersen decided that he wasn’t going to let Rowe beat UNT, so he had the Mean Green collapse down on Rowe and leave KeKe Stewart alone at the 3-point line. Stewart fired away and hit a Conference USA record 11 3s on 26 attempts. UNT-MTSU box. That is 42 percent. For a little perspective, there is only one player in C-USA shooting better than 42 percent from 3 on the season — East Carolina’s Jada Payne at 47.8 percent.
You can bet your bottom dollar that MTSU head coach Rick Insell made the point to Stewart that UNT was challenging her.
Rowe still had 14 points and 10 boards and Olivia Jones added 21 points.
Candice Adams and Ash’Lynne Evans led UNT with nine points. UNT turned it over 24 times and shot 19.4 percent from the field in the second half when MTSU outscored UNT 44-22.
Insell didn’t call the dogs off until late and made his point.
I kind of wondered if MTSU might try to stick it to UNT after nearly losing to Mean Green at home last year.
There’s a reason MTSU has a psychological edge on pretty much everyone it plays at home.
Nights like this are why.