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DENTON, Texas - Following a gutty effort on the road the North Texas women's basketball team is going after two in a row as they host the Denver Pioneers tonight at 5 p.m. from the Super Pit. The Mean Green captured a 70-64 win over New Orleans on Wednesday and is just one game back from third place in the SBC West Division. Tonight's game can be heard on 88.1 FM KNTU and will be televised on the Sun Belt Network.
North Texas has had struggles this season on the road and when trailing at the half this season. The Mean Green picked up only its second road win of the year at New Orleans and the first since knocking off UAB on November 28. The second-half rally was only the second win this season for North Texas when trailing at the half.
The key statistic this season for the Mean Green has been shooting 40 percent or better and holding its opponent to less than 40 percent from the floor. When topping the 40 percent mark this season in field goal percentage, North Texas is 7-6. When shooting less than 40 percent, the Mean Green is 0-12.
When the opponent hits over 40 percent, the Mean Green is 2-17. Holding its opposition to less than 40 percent has been the key as the Mean Green is 5-1 when holding its opponent under 40 percent shooting.
Free throws haven't been a strong point for the Mean Green, especially in crunch time this year. However against New Orleans, the second half free throws were the difference in the game. North Texas went 21-for-23 from the line, good for 91.3 percent.
The best half of free throws this season came against FAU (3-3) , Arkansas State (2-2) , and SMU (1-1), but this was the best percentage in a game this year for North Texas when attempting over 10 free throws in a half. Jasmine Godbolt was a perfect 5-for-5 in the second half after starting the game 2-for-8 from the line.