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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - After a week off to savor their win over South Alabama, the North Texas women's basketball team is back in action tonight facing a difficult road test at Western Kentucky. Tip off from E. A. Diddle Arena is at 7 p.m and the game can be heard on 88.1 FM KNTU.
North Texas and Western Kentucky will meet for the 14th time in series history. The Lady Toppers lead the series with the Mean Green 8-5. Western Kentucky has won two straight meetings with North Texas, including last season in Bowling Green by a score of 80-66. The Mean Green is winless on the road against the Lady Toppers, going 0-6 in E. A. Diddle Arena.
Freshman Jasmine Godbolt etched her name into the record books with her sixth double-double of the year against South Alabama. Godbolt has broken the freshman record for double-doubles in a single season, passing the previous mark of five by Freda Deckard set during the 1994-95 season. In the process Godbolt put up career highs in points (19) and rebounds (13) against South Alabama.
She has scored 236 points this season, which is the most by a freshman at North Texas since the 1998-99 season. Godbolt is now chasing the single season rebounding record for a freshman. Talicia Sanders holds the record with 202 rebounds set during the 2004-05 season. Godbolt has 167 rebounds and needs 36 more to break the record.
Tamara Torru has been playing her best basketball in a North Texas uniform the last five games. Torru has scored in double figures in three of the past four games and against South Alabama she had a flawless night from behind the arc.
Torru was a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point land and over the last five games Torru is hitting on 67 percent of her 3-point shots. During that stretch she is averaging just over 10 points a game and connecting on 48 percent shooting from the floor.
North Texas offensively the last five games have achieved a feat never done before in school history. The Mean Green has scored 76 points or more in five straight games, which no team before this one has duplicated. The offense during that stretch is averaging 81 points a game and hitting on 46.6 percent of its shots.
While Godbolt is the top scorer and rebounder among freshman in the Sun Belt Conference, her totals are starting to make their way into the national rankings. Godbolt ranks 12th in the nation in rebounding (8.4) among freshman and with six double-doubles this year she has the eighth most for a freshman this season.