JONESBORO, Ark. (1/2/2010) - The North Texas women's basketball team buried itself in early mistakes, but nearly dug its way back out in a 77-65 loss at Arkansas State on Saturday afternoon.
The Mean Green (4-11, 1-3 Sun Belt) turned the ball over 21 times in the first half and 31 times overall as the Red Wolves (6-8, 1-2 Sun Belt) scored 31 points off turnovers and extended their lead to as much as 22 points two minutes into the second half.
North Texas used full-court pressure and the 3-ball to claw its way back into the game just moments later. NT would go on to force 14 second-half ASU turnovers and hit five shots from downtown to narrow ASU's lead to 12 points. The Mean Green shot 50 percent from the floor and had the Red Wolves reeling at times in the second.
Brittney James tallied the 100th 3-pointer of her career in a season-high 22 point outing. The senior is just the third player in program history to reach the century mark in 3-pointers, and topped the 20-point mark for the eighth time in her career.
Brittney Hudson and Jasmine Godbolt also reached double-figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.
North Texas pushed the tempo out of the gate for a 4-0 advantage, but it was short lived as a four-pack of ASU steals ignited a seven point run for the Red Wolves.
James stopped the bleeding with a line-drive 3-pointer to knot the game at seven apiece, but that's when Ebonie Jefferson and the Red Wolves pulled away. The senior scored nine points in a 15-2 run that put NT in 22-9 hole after just 10 minutes of play.
Raquel Cuffie turned up the intensity for the Mean Green with a powerful drive to the bucket, drawing a hard foul while hitting the layup. She converted the free throw, and spurred a run that brought NT back to within 10 - the closest they would come in the first half.
North Texas wraps up its season-long four-game road swing at Louisiana-Lafayette on Jan. 6. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. from the Earl K. Long Gymnasium.