TROY, Ala. - Despite a double-double from freshman Jasmine Godbolt and 23 points from Brittney James the North Texas (5-13, 2-5) women's basketball team came up short as Troy held off the Mean Green for a 86-79 win at the Trojan Arena.
North Texas, trailing by as many as 15 points, rallied numerous times in the second half but could not overcome a late flurry by Troy's Sarah McAppion.
The Mean Green tied the score three separate times in the second half; first at 42, then again at 57, and finally at 63.
With the game tied at 63, McAppion single-handily carried Troy. McAppion scored seven straight points as Troy (10-5, 3-3) opened up a 70-63 lead with 3:36 left. McAppion made it 10 straight points of her own with a 3-pointer to push the Trojan lead back to eight points at 73-65 with 3 minutes to play.
North Texas got as close as four points at 79-75 with 43 seconds left after a 3-point play by James, but the Trojans were able to ice the game at the free throw line.
McAppion finished the game 14 points off the bench and did not miss a shot from the floor.
Troy opened up a big lead in the first half thanks to junior forward Donette McNair. She posted 18 points and 13 rebounds in the opening 20 minutes to power Troy to a 42-38 halftime lead. McNair finished the game with 27 points and 14 rebounds.
With less than four minutes in the half, the Mean Green was trailing 40-25 but turned the intensity up on the defensive end to climb back in the game.
North Texas forced six Troy turnovers in the final 3:40 of the half. The Mean Green went on a 13-0 run in the final 3:18 to make it a 42-38 Trojan lead at the break.
Godbolt finished the game with 15 points and 12 rebounds, tying the school record for most double-doubles by a freshman with five on the season. James topped the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season with 23 to led North Texas.
North Texas is back in action on Saturday night at the Super Pit as they host Arkansas State at 5 p.m.