TROY, Ala. – The North Texas women’s basketball team nearly clawed out of a 12-point halftime deficit, but turnovers and transition buckets proved too much for the Mean Green in a 86-69 loss to Troy on Saturday.
After winning Thursday night’s game at ULM with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and a career-high 28 points, Loryn Goodwin once again led the Mean Green (10-16, 9-8 SBC) in scoring with 20 points. But her efforts were no match for NT’s 30 turnovers that led to 40 points off turnovers and 20 fast-break points for the Trojans (6-19, 3-13 SBC). Her four 3-pointers also broke the North Texas single-season record of 61 treys made held by Jill Medlock. She now sits at 63 with plenty of time left to widen the gap.
Goodwin was joined in double-figures by BreAnna Dawkins and Alexis Hyder, who notched 14 and 10 points, respectively. NT entered the game with a Sun Belt-high 11.0 steals per game, but notched just four on the day compared to 17 from Troy.
Troy took control of the first-half flow with an efficient transition game. The Trojans forced an NT season-high 13 first half turnovers, and notched a 12-0 edge in fast-break points to head into the break with a 43-31 lead. The Trojans, who led by as many as 14 in the frame, shot 55.9 percent as a team thanks to 14 layups in the first half alone.
Goodwin and the Mean Green fought back in the second half and cut the lead to 61-57 on the freshman’s 3-pointer with 10 minutes left in the game, but that’s as close as NT would come. The Trojans would push their game-high lead to 21 with two minutes to play.
The Mean Green returns home on Wednesday to face Florida Atlantic. Tipoff from the Super Pit is slated for 7 p.m.