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Onna Charles becomes just the 12th player in program history to score 1,000 career points

DENTON, Texas – A large run by North Texas to open the second half provided for an 11-point lead as the Mean Green was able to hold off Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns 77-58 Saturday evening at the Super Pit.

With the win, North Texas (7-10, 2-3 Sun Belt) snapped its three-game losing streak, while Louisiana (5-11, 1-4 Sun Belt) suffered its sixth straight road loss. It was also Louisiana’s first loss in the series to North Texas since Jan. 7, 2006 (74-47 defeat at the Super Pit).

Despite the loss, senior guard Onna Charles (New Iberia, La.) became the 12th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point career mark. Charles scored seven on the night, increasing her career mark to 1,00x points. Next on the 1,000-point career watch list is senior forward Sonora Edwards (Snook, Texas) who scored nine points against North Texas. Edwards (889) needs 111 points to become the school’s 13th 1,000-point scorer.

Courtney Ratliff (Canton, Miss.) added nine points and nine rebounds.

North Texas fielded six players in double figures led by Amber Jackson’s 16. Erica Howard added 15, while Brittney James chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds.

Much like the conclusion of the first half, North Texas used a large, momentum-changing run to start the second stanza. The Mean Green went on a 15-6 streak to take an 11-point lead, 48-37.

As North Texas held a 16-point edge, McDaniel was charged with a technical foul with 9:58 remaining in regulation which sent the Mean Green to the free throw line.

Less than a minute later, Charles was fouled after a missed shot, sending her to the foul line. Charles made the first one, giving her 999 career points; however, the New Iberia native’s second attempt rimmed out.

North Texas‘ lead would eventually reach 21 points, 67-46 with 5:11 remaining in the game. Nearly three minutes later, Charles finally reached her 1,000-point milestone, draining a three-pointer at the 2:41 mark of the second half.

Louisiana opened the game with a 10-4 run, taking its largest lead of the first half. During the Cajuns’ early stretch, Edwards accounted for five of Louisiana’s 10 points, including a three-point play.

However, the Mean Green answered with an 11-4 run to take a one-point lead, 15-14. That one-point margin wouldn’t last as the Valanette Amie (Tulsa, Okla.) hit two freebies and Edwards followed with an easy lay-in, giving Louisiana an 18-15 cushion.

North Texas would later take its largest lead of the game, 21-18, after a brief 6-0 run but not before Louisiana went on a 7-0 run to take a 25-21 lead at the 7:03 mark.

Another 6-0 run by the Mean Green regained a two-point edge, 27-25. But, as had been the case in the early parts of the first half, the Cajuns responded with yet another rally. Louisiana’s six-point run gave the visitors a 31-27 advantage thanks to a Charles triple in the corner with 3:58 left in the first stanza.

The Mean Green concluded the first half with yet another 6-0 run to take a 33-31 lead into the locker room at the break.

Howard and Edwards each led respective teams with nine points in the first half. McDaniel added seven points and three rebounds for the Cajuns, while both Jackson and Sanders tallied eight points for the Mean Green.

In the first half, the score was tied six different times, while the lead changed sides 12 times.

Louisiana‘s Ragin’ Cajuns return to action Sunday, January 20 when they take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a 3 p.m. Sun Belt Conference contest at Earl K. Long Gym.

McDaniel, Alicia 6-14 0-0 13; Ratliff, Courtney 4-12 0-0 9; Edwards, Sonora
4-13 1-2 9; Dunlap, Whitney 2-6 2-2 7; Charles, Onna 2-10 1-2 7; Rodgers,
Bronson 3-6 0-0 6; Barnes, Jasmine 2-5 0-0 5; Amie, Valanette 0-2 2-2 2;

Bell , Lyndra 0-0 0-0 0; Clay, D’Mya 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-68 6-8 58.

Jackson, Amber 5-6 6-6 16; Howard, Erica 6-13 3-5 15; James, Brittney 6-13
1-1 13; Sanders, Talicia 4-8 2-2 10; Hall, Jo 4-7 2-5 10; Escalera, Yari
4-13 2-2 10; Lee, Tricia 1-6 0-0 2; Koubiteb, Lyza 0-0 1-2 1; Timms, Torrian
0-0 0-0 0; Buckley, Kelli 0-1 0-0 0; Robeson, Kristal 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
30-67 17-23 77.

Halftime: NT 33, UL 31. 3-point goals–Louisiana-Lafayette 6-21 (Charles, Onna 2-4; Ratliff, Courtney 1-4; Dunlap, Whitney 1-5; McDaniel, Alicia 1-3; Barnes, Jasmine 1-1; Rodgers, Bronson 0-3; Edwards, Sonora 0-1), North Texas 0-10 (; James, Brittney 0-3; Hall, Jo 0-1; Escalera, Yari 0-4; Lee, Tricia 0-1; Buckley, Kelli 0-1). A-914


Chris Yandle
Assistant Sports Information Director
Volleyball/Men’s Basketball/Baseball Contact
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns
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