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Sports
Keith MacPherson
Sports Editor
sports@ntdaily.com
Tennis regains form
By Justin IJmberson
Contributing Writer
The NT tennis team bounced
back from two losses last
weekend with a pair of victories
in Saturday's home matches.
The Mean Green used its first
home court advantage of the
season to crush both Stephen
F. Austin State University and
Midwestern State University
7-0 without losing a set.
Head coach Sujay Lama said
the team loves playing at home
in Denton.
"Now the goal is to take that
same thing on the road," Lama
said. "We'll have a chance to do
that this weekend."
The Mean Green showed off
its potential by shutting out
four of its 12 opponents over
the weekend 6-0, 6-0. Against
SFA, sophomore Madura
Ranganathan overpowered
Sanjana Kapur and sophomore
Amy Joubert defeated Mary
Harrison.
Two other Mean Green
players claimed wins against
MSU as freshman Irina
Paraschiv routed Kaja Banas
and sophomore Narine
Kazarova defeated Faye
D'Hamecourt for the team's
other two shutouts.
"We were working so hard
on just being precise and being
mentally sharp," Lama said.
"We did a great job of putting
it together."
Paraschiv and Ranganathan
were the sole members of the
Mean Green to compete in
singles and doubles in both
matches, but the girls still have
a team first mindset.
"I think every part of the
team is important," said
Ranganthan. "The opportu-
nity just presented itself."
Going into Saturday's
matches, the pair was just
1-2 on the season as a team
in doubles competition, and
did not play together the
previous weekend at Texas Tech
University because members
of the team were fighting the
flu virus.
The duo reunited Saturday
to beat Roxana Enica and
Alina Shazkho of SFA 8-0.
Paraschiv and Ranganthan
carried their momentum into
the doubles match against MSU
to best Alex Odell-Michels and
D'Hamecourt 8-1.
"Now we have played a lot of
matches together," Paraschiv
said. The victories improve the
Mean Green's overall record to
4-2. SFA fell to 1-2 on the season
after its encounter with the
Mean Green. The loss to NT
was MSU's first match of the
season, giving them a record
of 0-1.
The Mean Green hopes to
keep its momentum as the
team goes back on the road
Saturday for a match against
the University of Texas at
San Antonio, and then to San
Marcos to play Texas State
University.
Women's basketball wins
Continued from page 1
minutes left to play.
With less than .10 minutes left
to play, junior guard Brittany
James cut through the Cajuns'
defense and made an acrobatic
layup while being fouled on the
play. James was rewarded a free
throw for the foul, which made
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it a 3-point play and brought the
score to 59-42.
ULL went on an 11-8 run over
the next six minutes, closing the
gap 67-53.
The two teams traded baskets
during the closing minutes and
the Mean Green went on to win
75-63.
James led NT in points with
19. Jackson and senior guard Yari
Escalera both had 12.
"I just took what the defense
gave me," James said. "I tried to
get my teammates more involved.
Good things happen when you
share the ball and I tried to make
sure everyone touched it."
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Freshman Keyth Talley, who broke his own record in the 60-meter dash at the Houston Invitational last week-
end, is pictured here in Lubbock running the 60-meter dash at the Texas Tech Invitational.
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By Christena Dowsett
Contributing Writer
Freshman sprinter Keyth
Talley can't seem to keep his
old records. At the Houston
Invitational on Feb. 7, Talley
ran 6.74 in the 60-meter dash,
beating his previous record by
.07 seconds. This mark tied him
for 22nd in the country and held
his first place record in the Sun
Belt Conference.
Sprint Coach Sammy Dabbs
said Talley hit the provisional
qualifying mark and is now
on the list of possible athletes
for the NCAA National Indoor
Meet.
"For the next five weeks we
need to work on getting him
as close to the automatic mark
as possible," Dabbs said. "6.63
is the automatic mark for 60
meters."
Talley saidheis confident that
reaching that mark is possible
and is already working on ways
to smooth out his finish.
"If I relax my shoulders and
my face more I'd just be able to
flow through the line instead
of tightening up and slowing
down a little bit," Talley said.
Sophomore sprinter Alysha
Adams also stepped up this
weekend to claim a number one
spot in the Sun Belt Conference.
She placed third in the 60 -meter
hurdles with a time of 8.45.
However, the top two finishers
were non-collegiate athletes.
"I'm excited to do more and
get better," Adams said. "What
I ran this past weekend is what
I wanted out of our first meet.
I was just determined to do a
lot better."
Although breaking the school
record of 8.25 is high on Adams'
list of things to do, making it
to nationals comes first, she
said.
"It's always in the back of my
mind. I think that would be a
great accomplishment to have
at the beginning of my sopho-
more track season," she said.
Another top mark came
from senior Toby Edwards who
placed third in the high jump
with 6-08.25.
Sophomore Jordan Wehr
finished second in the pole vault
with a height of 16-00.75.
Half of the team split off to
compete in Oklahoma for the
Sooner Indoor Open. Senior
thrower Alana Tyler placed
second in the weight throw with
a toss of 54-06.75 and soph-
omore Amanda Kean placed
third in the mile with a time
of 5:15.66.
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Fayetteville, Arkansas on Feb. 14
and 15 for the Tyson Invitational
held on the University of
Arkansas campus.
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