JONESBORO, Ark. - The North Texas women's basketball team couldn't contain an explosive Arkansas State squad on Wednesday night, falling to the Red Wolves 71-50 at the Convocation Center.
North Texas (5-22, 2-12 Sun Belt) shot just 36 percent in losing its eighth straight game. Arkansas State (15-13, 8-7 Sun Belt) held the Mean Green scoreless in a pair of runs that spanned over 11 minutes, and locked North Texas into the Sun Belt West Division's No. 6 seed in next week's conference tournament in Hot Springs, Ark.
North Texas kept its hunt for the program's single season 3-point record alive. NT entered the game with the 116 from deep - the fifth most in school history - and went 2-of-8 from 3-point to move into fourth place.
Denetra Kellum led North Texas' efforts all around with 12 points, six rebounds and three steals. The senior had two points at the break, but was 4-of-8 from the floor in the second half.
With the victory, ASU head coach Brian Boyer tied the school record for career wins with 196.
Laura McCoy put NT on top 7-6 with a deep 3-pointer from the right wing just four minutes into the game. Ash'Lynne Evans took control from there, scoring five straight points for the Mean Green after an "And-1" drive to the left block between two Red Wolves defenders. Her free throw gave NT a 14-11 edge with 13 minutes remaining.
NT chased ASU's leading scorer, Sherina Scott, to the bench with two fouls midway through the half, but that's when the Red Wolves hunkered down on defense. ASU held the Mean Green scoreless for 4:50 and posted a 19-4 run that opened up a 12-point lead for the Red Wolves.
ASU forced 12 NT turnovers in the first half and went into the break on top 36-22. NT knocked the Red Wolves on their heels out of the halftime break with a 5-0 run, but it was too little too late.
North Texas returns home to face Denver on Saturday's senior night. Tip off from the Super Pit is slated for 5 p.m.