DENTON, Texas (1/1/10) - For the second straight game, the North Texas women's basketball team came up just short after forcing a second-half comeback, falling to Louisiana-Lafayette, 65-54, on New Year's Day at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green loses its third straight, falling to 3-12 overall and 0-2 in the conference. The Ragin' Cajuns improve to 8-7 and 1-1 in the Sun Belt. ULL takes a 15-14 lead in the series between the two teams.
North Texas trailed by as many 21 points, but cut the lead to seven points with four minutes to play in the game. ULL scored six of the final seven points to hold off the Mean Green.
Denetra Kellum and Jasmine Godbolt both posted double-doubles. Kellum led the way with 15 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds. She has scored at least 15 points in the last six games. Godbolt started a new streak, scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. It was her 12th career double-double.
ULL shot 37 percent from the field in the game and forced 20 Mean Green turnovers. The Ragin' Cajuns scored 21 points off turnovers.
With ULL ahead 55-35, the Mean Green went on a 15-2 run to cut the lead to seven points, 57-50, with four minutes left in the game. Ash'Lynne Evans hit a three-pointer at 2:20 to come within six points, 59-53. ULL scored the next six points to seal the win.
Louisiana-Lafayette jumped out to an early lead in the game, 22-7, after holding the Mean Green to just three field goals in the opening 10 minutes.
Down 29-7 at 8:14 in the first half, North Texas scored nine unanswered points to cut the lead to 12 points, 29-17. Kellum scored four points in the run and dished out an assist to Evans after forcing a steal. Kellum hit a three-pointer with under a minute to play to cut the Ragin' Cajuns' lead at the half, 33-23.
North Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Middle Tennessee at 5:30 p.m.