The North Texas women’s basketball team will take on Marshall today at the Super Pit. It’s Senior Day and we are along for the ride here on the blog.
UNT can even its Conference USA record at 9-9 with a win, which would be a big improvement over last season. UNT won just five league games a year ago.
Candice Adams, Terra Ellison and Kelsey Criner will play their final home games today. All three have enjoyed solid college careers. Adams is an inspirational player who has overcome a lot in her career in terms of injuries to become one of the best 3-point shooters in program history. Ellison could end up in the top 20 in program history in scoring. Criner is one of UNT’s all-time best in terms of assists.,
Marshall is 4-13 in conference play and has really struggled.
UNT should be able to send its seniors out on a high note. If the Mean Green manage to do that, they will likely end up as the No. 8 seed in the C-USA tournament.
Starters for UNT — Kelsey Criner, Candice Adams, Terriell Bradley, Tyara Warren and Terra Ellison.
4:22 — UNT is up 15-14 at the first media timeout of the first half. Tyara Warren has seven points already. UNT was up four. Shayne Gore answered with a 3 and then hit two technical shots after Terriell Bradley got hit with the call after a questionable foul call. She thought she was fouled on the way to the basket and might have had a point.
End of the first quarter — UNT is up 19-17 at the end of the first quarter after Tyara Warren hit a clutch jumper at the buzzer. She has nine points already. UNT scored the final four points of the quarter. Marshall went on an 8-2 run in the middle of the period to keep it close.
8:36 — UNT just took a timeout early in the second quarter. The Mean Green are struggling against Marshall’s 2-3 zone. UNT is drawing something up to try to get going again.
1:20 — UNT is down 32-28 late in the first half, but is on a 5-0 run.
Halftime — UNT is down 36-30 at halftime. This is a game UNT needs to win and should win. The Mean Green quit scoring for quite a while there in the second quarter, when Marshall outscored UNT 19-11. Terra Ellison has 10 points for UNT. Marshall shot 54.5 percent in the second quarter.
9:10 — UNT has opened the second half on a 5-0 run. Kelsey Criner just hit a 3. Marshall took a quick timeout. The Mean Green have come out with a look of determination.
3:12 — UNT is down 43-41 late in the third quarter. The Mean Green opened the half on a 9-2 run and was up one before Marshall answered with a 5-0 run. Terra Ellison has 12 points for UNT.
End of the third quarter — UNT was up one late in the third quarter on a Tyara Warren 3, but Shayna Gore scored the last four points of the period for Marshall, which is up 47-44. Warren and Terra Ellison both have 12 points for UNT.
6:18 — UNT tied up its game with Marshall on a Tyara Warren 3, but Marshall came right back down the floor and hit one of its own. UNT took a timeout and is now trailing 52-49. UNT left a shooter wide open.
3:32 — UNT is down 56-55, but is headed to the line coming out of this time out. Marshall guard Logan Fraley is down.
2:20 — UNT is back up 57-56 on a Terriell Bradley runner in the lane. Marshall just took a timeout.
1:03 — UNT is down 58-57 and just took a timeout. Marshall has the ball with 25 seconds left on the shot clock.
6.1 — UNT is down 59-57 and just took a timeout.
3.0 — Terriell Bradley was called for a travel on a drive. Marshall has the ball back with a chance to close this out. UNT needs a steal.
Final — Marshall 60, UNT 57. Tough loss for UNT.