TROY, Ala. - The North Texas women's basketball team made winning on the road look routine on Saturday afternoon, dispatching Troy 72-57 at Sartain Hall.
The Mean Green (4-14, 2-4 Sun Belt) led by as many as 19 points in dicing the Trojans 2-3 zone defense with a school-record tying 11 three-pointers, and out-hustled Troy (4-14, 1-4 Sun Belt) for its first victory away from the Super Pit this year.
Brittney Hudson led the NT scoring efforts with 18 points, but the Mean Green defense stole the show. NT forced 22 Troy turnovers and turned that into 28 points, and edged the Trojans 8-0 in fast break points.
Tamara Torru wasn't far behind Hudson with 14 points, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Denetra Kellum and Jasmine Godbolt both reached double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Mean Green found its defensive mojo right from the start. North Texas imposed its will on the Trojans early, forcing Troy to miss its first seven shots.
NT, on the other hand, jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to Kellum and Godbolt layups. Laura McCoy hit a pair of three's in the first, the second of which extended NT's lead to 19-14 with just under nine minutes remaining.
NT's defensive hustle forced 11 Troy turnovers in the first, and paid off in the first in the form of a 13-5 edge in points off turnovers and a 4-0 margin in fast break points.
McCoy found Kellum in the left corner for a 3-pointer that extended the NT advantage to 24-18 with six minutes to play. As a team, NT was 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from deep and went into the break with a 35-28 advantage.
NT began the second half with a 7-0 run capped off by a 3-pointer from Tamara Torru. As a matter of fact, it took Troy nearly four minutes to score its first second-half bucket. In the meantime, NT piled up a 42-28 lead.
North Texas returns to action at ULM on Thursday, Jan. 20. Tip time is slated for 5:30 p.m. and can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.