Friday afternoon (updated) basketball notes (Hooker hangs it up)

Taylor Hooker, a guard who transferred to UNT from Tulsa, is no longer with with the team.

“She made that decision and is going to do other things,” UNT head coach Mike Petersen said. “She has a lot going on.”

Hooker missed the first half of the season before having a child. She came back, played in 11 games and averaged 1.6 points a game. She scored six points in a game against Tulsa last week when she played 15 minutes.

Hooker appeared as if she had a chance to contribute significantly when she transferred to UNT from Tulsa, where she averaged 11.8 points after starting 26 of 28 games as a sophomore two years ago.

Hooker sat out last season as a transfer.

While Hooker did not contribute in a significant way this season, losing her is another blow for UNT, which is quickly seeing its roster dwindle due to a myriad of injuries and other factors.

BreAnna Dawkins, Candice Adams, Joh’Vonna Darrington and Acheil Tac are all done for the year due to injury. Take Hooker out now and UNT’s options are a whole lot less plentiful.

That is not as big of a factor in women’s basketball as it would be in men’s basketball due to the larger roster size, but it doesn’t help matters.

The good news is that UNT is playing pretty well late in the season and still has several of its key players heading into a game against Louisiana Tech tomorrow. UNT will saddle up Alexis Hyder, Laura McCoy and Janis Peterson and ride them as far as possible while hoping that some young players like Eboniey Jeter can continue to come on.

And in other news …

Dieter Kurtenbach from the South Florida Sun Sentinel has the story on Mike Jarvis resigning at Florida Atlantic.

In an odd bit of timing, I saw the second-to-last game of Jarvis’ tenure. UNT beat the Owls 78-76 last week when FAU had a potential game-tying 3 rattle out in the closing seconds.

Everyone else headed out after Jarvis’ press conference to head to their offices. I hung around to file my stories for the Denton and Dallas papers and sat there with Jarvis for several minutes. We didn’t talk, and to be honest, he always tended to hang around after games. This wasn’t the first time the two of us had sat there at FAU while I was banging away on a story.

It just seemed like Jarvis was having a tough time swallowing that loss.

Jarvis has always been cordial to me and seemed like a good guy. It’s just too bad it didn’t work out for him at FAU.

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