UNT-Louisiana Tech thoughts

UNT had a tough go of it against Louisiana Tech today at the Super Pit, falling 67-54.

If there is one aspect of UNT’s team this year that one can depend on it’s that the Mean Green is consistently inconsistent.

UNT was great while stunning UTEP in its last home game before being hammered at Tulsa. UNT came back to beat Rice handily on the road and was seemingly set up to win consecutive games for the first time since late November.

Yes, it’s been that long. UNT beat Abilene Christian and Bethune Cookman back-to-back.

Louisiana Tech is pretty bad and came into the day 3-11 in conference play on Nov. 23-24.

UNT looked like it was on its way to a win and the elusive back-to-back after running out to a 9-0 lead, but went on a baffling drought. UNT went 10:49 while scoring just three points during a 25-3 La. Tech run.

UNT spent the rest of day trying to scramble back and never quite got over the hump.

Mike Petersen has talked a lot about UNT need to develop competitive maturity this season. He just doesn’t think UNT has it. The idea is that good teams play through adversity and don’t go in the tank when things are not going well.

“I don’t question our want-to or motivation,” Petersen said. “It’s our competitive maturity. It’s not what it needs to be. When things don’t go right and we don’t make shots or we perceive that we are not getting the whistles we need, we get frustrated and frustration is not a luxury competitors have.”

It doesn’t help matters that UNT has lost a ton of key players for a host of reasons this year. UNT only rolled seven players out there against La. Tech. Five of them scored.

Janis Peterson had 16, Alexis Hyder 13 and Laura McCoy 11.

The milestone was somewhat overlooked — and justifiably so after the loss — but McCoy moved into second place on UNT’s career 3s list after hitting three against La. Tech. The “Blonde Bomber” has 160 and passed Nicole Thomas, who had 159.

In another side note, a few lettermen were on hand for the game, including one I remembered. Erika Bobo was on hand. She was a member of UNT’s last really good team, one that won 19 games back in 2005-06.

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