The Lady Bears went to battle at JQH in their home opener, defeating the North Texas Mean Green. 

In the first quarter, the Bears took advantage of the back-to-back turnovers from the Mean Green and used them for fast break scores from senior forward Jasmine Franklin and senior guard Brice Calip. 

The Lady Bears also found themselves in foul trouble in the first quarter.    

These fouls put the Mean Green up on the Bears by two, but senior forward Abby Hipp found an opportunity for three and put the Bears back up 13-12. 

Senior guard Mya Bhinhar had an open shot for a deep three which put the Bears up 20-12.

Calip had an aggressive foul at the end of the first quarter which gave the Mean Green a chance for two, which they converted, ending the quarter 20-14 Lady Bears.

The Lady Bears got into a second quarter slump, making only four of the 18 shots.

The Mean Green recognized the slump and took their chance to up the Bears by outshooting the team with eight out of 12 shots in the second quarter.

As the halftime buzzer sounded, sophomore guard Paige Rocca narrowed the difference, making the score 30-28.

Back-to-back breakaway points from senior guard Sydney Wilson and Franklin gave the Bears some of their regular momentum back, going on an 11-0 run within eight minutes.

Senior guard Mariah White opened the fourth quarter with an early layup for the Bears.

After some back-and-forth basketball, Calip nearly picked up three points the old fashioned way, but kept the score 52-47 Lady Bears.

Within the last minute, Hipp picked up her fifth personal foul and Jackson subbed back in, while both teams used the rest of their timeouts in hopes of finding a way to take home a win.

The Lady Bears had to go to war to pick up this home opener win of 56-50.

“We let our offense dictate how we play sometimes,” Bhinhar said.

The Lady Bears were only shooting at 31% this game but they know that defense is their strong suit.

“Our defense is what makes our offense good,” Franklin said.

“A win is a win for one,” coach Amaka Aguga-Hamilton said. “But obviously that’s not the type of game we want to display, especially at home.”

The Lady Bears have a stretch of away games before their next home game on Dec. 3.

   

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