LAFAYETTE, La. - In a hotly contested game the North Texas women's basketball team came up short as they fell to Louisiana-Lafayette 80-78 at the Earl K. Long Gym. Brittney James had 3-pointer at the buzzer from midcourt but it fell short and the Mean Green (4-12-, 1-4) dropped its fifth straight game. The win snaps the Ragin Cajuns (5-10, 1-3) 21-game conference losing streak.
The game featured eight lead changes and a second half of big runs for both teams.
North Texas opened up its largest of the game at 47-37 with 16:32 left. The Cajuns began to rally with a 16-7 run to make it 54-53 North Texas lead with 10 minutes left in the game.
North Texas regained a three-point lead at 60-57 but that's when the Cajuns exploded for a 14-2 run keyed by Jasmine Barnes who had three straight layups. Leading 71-62 with 4:29 left, ULL left the door open though for the Mean Green.
A Denetra Kellum 3-pointer started the rally. North Texas was able to make it a one-point game at 73-72 follow free throw's from Tamara Torru with 2:27 left.
The Ragin Cajuns pushed their lead back to four at 76-72 after a 3-pointer from Nicole Morris. Godbolt answered with a 3-point play of her own to cut it to a one-point game against at 76-75 with 1:08 remaining.
Alexis Green scored with 30 seconds left to make it 78-75. Brittney James was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left and made two of three free throws.
Morris was fouled with 16 seconds left and made both free throws and it was a 3-point lead for ULL at 8-77. Following a Godbolt free throw with five second left, Morris was fouled again. She missed both free throws but the last second shot by James was short.
James finished with 17 points in game and Kellum had 19 points.
The two teams went back and forth in the first half as the lead changed times seven times in the opening 20 minutes. Kellum and James both had 11 points opening half as North Texas used a late 10-4 run to open up a six point lead at the break 39-33. North Texas shot a season-best 60 percent from the floor in the first half, going 18-for-30.
North Texas returns home Saturday afternoon to face New Orleans at 2 p.m. from the Super Pit.