BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - It was a hard-fought battle in the Bluegrass state but the North Texas women's basketball team fell short 69-64 to Western Kentucky despite four players scoring in double figures. The Mean Green, who led by as many as 11 points in the first half, had a chance to tie the game late but a 3-pointer by Brittney Hudson came up short and WKU (6-9, 3-1) was able to ice the game from the free throw line.
The loss is the fifth straight for North Texas (3-14, 0-4) as they remain winless in Sun Belt play at 0-4.
Down 67-64 with 25 seconds, North Texas dialed up a 3-point shot for Hudson, but it was missed and Hope Brown connected on two free throws for WKU to put the game away.
North Texas raced out to an early 10-point lead on WKU at 18-8 in the first seven minutes of the game. Jasmine Godbolt, who notched her 13th career double-double, had 12 first half points and powered the Mean Green lead to as many as 11 points in the first half.
Western Kentucky rallied late in the first half and cut the North Texas lead to three-points at the break 35-32.
The two teams traded the lead early to begin the second half until WKU was able to break open a tie game at 51-51. Western Kentucky went on an 8-0 run fueled by Keisha Mosley who scored a game-high 18 points off the bench. Trailing 67-58 with 3:22 left, the Mean Green made one final push. Denetra Kellum scored a basket along with Kasondra Foreman and the lead was down to five points at 67-62 with 1:38 left.
Free throws from Desiree Nelson and Jasmine Godbolt made it a three-point game. Amy McNear missed four free throws in the last minute for WKU to keep North Texas alive, setting up the final chance for Hudson.
Tamara Torru led the Mean Green with 16 points while Foreman and Kellum added 12 and 11 points apiece. Godbolt finished the game with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
North Texas is back in action on Thursday as they host FIU at the Super Pit at 5 p.m.