The West Division's No. 6 seed, North Texas (5-25) couldn't overcome the hot shooting of the Hilltoppers (13-16), who hit 48.3 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from 3-point. Jasmine Godbolt and Denetra Kellum led four Mean Green players in double-figures with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
North Texas had scored first round upsets in each of the last two Sun Belt Tournaments before falling to the East's No. 3 seed on Saturday. The loss, NT's 11th straight to end the season, ties the Mean Green with the 1983-84 squad for the most in program history.
The Mean Green handled the ball brilliantly against the Hilltoppers, posting just seven turnovers - the year's first single digit turnover tally. NT's 12 assists are the most in a dozen games.
Kellum vaulted the Mean Green out to a 4-0 lead with a couple of fast break layups. The Third Team All-Sun Belt selection scored six of NT's first eight points out of the gate.
Godbolt ended an 8-2 WKU run midway through the first half with a strong offensive board and put back. On the next trip down the floor, Kellum threaded a nifty pass to Godbolt on the right block for the layup that brought NT back to within a bucket at 18-16 with 7:03 left in the first.
Laura McCoy tied things at 19 with a 22-foot 3-pointer, and Godbolt put North Texas on top on the next possession with another layup. NT ends the year with 125 3-pointers on the year, which is just 11 shy of the school record of 134.
Hilltopper guard Amy McNear nailed a buzzer beating 3-pointer to send WKU into the break on top 33-30. She ended the contest with a game-high 15 points.
The Mean Green made four of its first five buckets of the second half, but WKU was even hotter. Western Kentucky responded by making 7-of-10 to open the frame, including a pair of 8-4 runs that opened a 49-40 Hilltopper lead.
Kellum, North Texas' leading scorer at the time, picked up her fourth foul with 11:38 remaining and was forced to the bench. With its biggest weapon on the sideline NT struggled to chip away at the WKU lead, which reached a high of 17 points.