Two of the worst teams in the league took the court to essentially determine the final slot in the conference tournament on Friday.
UTSA used a 22-8 third quarter spurred by a 11-0 run to start the half to pull away from North Texas. Jalie Mitchell’s crew were an awful 15.8% from the field in the third period including 0-2 from deep and 2-4 from the line.
NT never got comfortable on offense all game. Early, there were a lot of missed bunnies as Micayla Buckner got her shots off inside but couldn’t convert consistently.
The players looked confused nearly every time down the floor as they looked to the sideline for instruction on where to go in each and every set. Brittany Smith spent good portion of each posession trying to get everyone set and organized.
This was very concerning as it contributed to NT’s poor shooting. There was no luck and NT weren’t helping themselves by running a crisp offense.
UTSA has the worst defense in the league and NT shot awfully. The referees were calling it very tight, and North Texas never looked comfortable with the pace of the game. UTSA shot 33 freebies an dmade 22 of them (66%) but NT shot a respectable 26 of their own and made only 13 (50%).
This was a missed opportunity to get a win against one of the worst teams in the league. Still, even though Rice is at the top of the standings NT lost by only one to the Owls in Denton.
NT has to figure out the offense before then. At this point in the season the level of execution has to be higher.
Next up NT plays FIU in Florida.