The Sunday leftovers — UNT women pick up a big win

Mitchell

Mitchell

It’s Sunday night, and now that the Super Bowl is over, it’s time for the leftovers. That’s our time to pick back through the events of the weekend, reheat the good stuff — and some of the bad — while hopefully putting it all in perspective.

In case you missed it, I took a stab today at the general direction North Texas might go in terms of finding a new offensive line coach now that Brad Davis has left for Florida.

The big news of the weekend that I haven’t gotten to is the UNT women’s basketball team possibly saving its season with a comeback win at Rice on Saturday.

Jalie Mitchell’s crew trailed by 17 points with just under three minutes left in the third quarter before coming back to force overtime. The Mean Green pulled away in the extra period for a 77-69 win.

Kelsey Criner and Candice Adams made a series of big plays, and Rice helped UNT’s cause with a series of mistakes. The Owls missed 11 of their final 20 free throws.

The game was vital because it lifted UNT to 4-6 in Conference USA play. Rice and UNT came in tied a 3-6. Of the 14 teams in C-USA, 12 make the conference tournament. The Mean Green are now a game up on both Rice and UTEP, which are both 3-7. Marshall and UAB are both 4-7.

There is still a long way to go, but UNT really helped its chances of making the conference tournament with the win.

The UNT men? Not so much.

The Mean Green fell to 0-10 in C-USA play with a 95-80 loss to Rice. UNT came out flat, got down by 21 in the first half and was forced to try to battle back.

The Mean Green never recovered and are now four games behind Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss in the win column. FAU and Southern Miss would be the last two teams in if the conference tournament started today.

UNT has missed the conference tournament in multiple sports the last few years. The Mean Green softball team missed the conference tournament it hosted last year. Two years ago, the UNT women’s basketball team didn’t make it.

It’s starting to look like UNT will make it three years in a row that it has missed out on a C-USA tournament/postseason event, including twice in one of the three key revenue sports — football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.

The good news is it appears as if the Mean Green women will save¬†UNT from having both of its basketball teams miss the conference tournament, which wouldn’t rank high on the highlights list for the recent history of the program.

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