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Reprinted from UTD Mercury
Written by Zach Hurdle

Women's 2-1 start makes solid statement
The Comets already started the new season off with a bang, with their best three-game start since the 2002-03 season.

The team with five returning starters from last year's first-ever playoff squad won their home opener with a convincing 68-52 victory over Austin College Nov. 20. Head Coach Polly Thomason said "the effort was there" and the team played the best defensively than they had so far this season.

Chelsea Edwards and Jenise Langston both scored double digits with 11 and 13 points respectively, and Erika Baker came off the bench with a 10 point performance of her own.

Despite losing the shot percentage battle in the first half, UTD retook an eight-point lead into halftime at 42-34 after it was narrowed to two with 2:00 left.

The defense stepped up in the second half, holding Austin College to 31.8 percent from the floor and 20 percent from the three-point line.

"Our defense has gotten better with every game," Thomason said after the game.

The only drawback of the game was in the second half when a 22 point lead again shrank in the closing minutes.

"There was about a 10 minute stretch in the second half where we had the big lead," Thomason said. "But then we got complacent. It's something that's been affecting us in all of our games."

The home victory came after a two-game home stretch at the Trinity Tipoff Classic Tournament in San Antonio Nov. 17-18, where the Comets faced host and favorite Trinity University in the first round.

The Comets trailed 40-33 by halftime but never gave up. At one point late in the second half, the Comets only trailed by a basket, thanks to another double-digit effort by Edwards, Langston, and Baker.

"We had a chance to get them, but we fell flat," Thomason said. "We couldn't take advantage of turnovers." Trinity had 32 turnovers, compared to only 18 by UTD, but the Comets couldn't capitalize.

After starting 0-1, the Comets bounced back against Benedictine College out of Illinois. UTD had their best offensive production of the first three games with 77 points behind Edwards' 17 and Langston's 21. The defense again forced a lot of turnovers with 24 in the match.

The Austin College home game was the only one in the middle of two separate three-game away stretches for the team.

UTD does not return home again until Dec. 15 when they play Concordia University Texas.

"2-1. That's a great start," Thomason said with a smile. "I'm very happy with it."

For complete schedule see cometsports.utdallas.edu/WBB/schedule.htm.

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