Game 1 • Friday, November 11, 2011 • 7:00 p.m.
North Texas Mean Green (0-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
at UT Arlington Mavericks (0-0, 0-0 Southland)
Arlington, Texas • Texas Hall (2,709)
Radio: KNTU 88.1 FM • TV: None
Series Record: UTA leads 20-19
Last: L, 59-55 (12/30/2004) at NT
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North Texas Opens Aston Era, 2011-12 Season At UT Arlington
North Texas kicks off its 2011-12 season under new Head Coach Karen Aston facing cross-Metroplex rival UT Arlington at Texas Hall. The Mean Green return four starters from last season's team, and have a head coach at the helm, Karen Aston, who took Charlotte to four postseason tournaments in her four years at Charlotte.
North Texas vs. UT Arlington
North Texas takes on Metroplex rival UT Arlington for the 40th time, and the Mean Green look to even the all-time series at 20. For 13 straight years, North Texas and UT Arlington were both in the Southland Conference, but the squads had met just twice since North Texas left the Southland in the 1996-97 season, with North Texas winning in Denton on 11/27/2001 and UT Arlington winning in Denton on 12/30/2004. North Texas has not played at Texas Hall since Feb. 3, 1996. With the expected completion of the College Park Center, this is North Texas' last game on "The Stage."
Godbolt Named Preseason All-Conference
Junior forward Jasmine Godbolt was named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team. Godbolt led the team in both field goal percentage (.476) and rebounding (228 total/7.9 per game) in 2010-11. She finished second on North Texas and 13th in the Sun Belt in points per game with 13.2, ranked fifth in the league in rebounding, and ninth in field goal percentage during 2010-11.
North Texas Faces Daunting Schedule
North Texas' schedule includes 12 home games, plus marquee non-conference showdowns with New Mexico, SMU and Alabama coming to the Super Pit, and games against Oregon State, Arizona and Texas away from home.The rugged schedule contains 13 games, plus a potential 14th in the Rice Tournament, against teams which made the WNIT or NCAA Tournament last season.
North Texas In Season Openers
North Texas is 20-15 all-time in season opening games. North Texas won its opening stanza in 2010-11, beating Stephen F. Austin 78-75 in the Super Pit. Prior to that, North Texas had dropped four straight season opening games, dating back to the 2005-06 win over SFA. Season opening games have sometimes been a good barometer for how a season is going to end up. In the 15 seasons when the Mean Green has lost its season opener, they have averaged just nine wins a season. By contrast, North Texas has averaged 14 wins a year when winning its season opening game.
Last Time With UT Arlington
DENTON (12/30/04) - The Mean Green's second half comeback came up short in a 59-55 loss to UT Arlington on Dec. 30, 2004 at the Super Pit.
After trailing in the first half, North Texas regained the lead with a few defensive plays but was unable to hold the advantage down the stretch. The Mean Green came within two points of UTA, 57-55, with 9.3 seconds left in the game but turned over the ball to the Mavericks who ran out the clock.
Erika Bobo led the Mean Green squad with 15 points. Mian Williams and Erica Howard both chipped in 12 points.
UT Arlington took the lead for the final time, 49-48, with 3:25 on the clock. The Mavericks led by four, 57-53, with 26 seconds left before Edwards closed the gap to two with a layup. UT Arlington led by as much as 11 points in the first half, 20-9, before settling for a 30-23 advantage at intermission.
The Mavericks were 15-for-20 from the free throw line, while the Mean Green connected only 13-of-23 from the stripe.
This Day In Women's Basketball History
North Texas has played twice and has a 2-0 record on Nov. 11, winning 80-75 over Texas Woman's in 1978, and winning 56-45 over Navy in the adidas Winthrop Classic in 2007.
North Texas hosts Oral Roberts on Nov. 16 at 12 p.m., in Denton ISD Elementary School Day game. Four schools from Denton ISD, Poloma Creek, Pecan Creek, Providence and Cross Oaks, have students coming to the game, with a total of close to 700 fifth and sixth grade students coming to the Super Pit. This is the first time the women have hosted a Denton ISD Elementary School game, although the men's program is hosting one on Jan. 18 for the third straight season.
The Super Pit Is It
The Mean Green won all three of its non-conference home games in 2010-11, and have won five of its last six non-conference home games in the Super Pit, dating back to 2009. Since 1998-99, North Texas is 102-54 (.654) in all games at The Super Pit.
NT Records At Home Since 1998-99
Mean Green Voted Fifth
North Texas recieved one first place vote and was picked to finish fifth in the West Division in the preseason coaches poll. Denver was picked to finish first in the West, and Middle Tennessee was picked to win the East division.
Defense Wins Championships
One area of emphasis for head coach Karen Aston will be on the defensive side of the ball. North Texas has allowed over 70 points in each of the last three seasons, as they allowed an average of 74.3 points a game during that stretch. In her last two seasons at Charlotte, Aston's team allowed an average of just 60.2 points a game while its opponents shot under 35 percent from the floor.
NT Defense the last 3 years.
Year Points FG%
2008-09 71.5 43.8
2009-10 78.5 43.8
2010-11 73.3 41.9
Charlotte defense the last 2 years
Year Points FG%
2009-10 60.3 32.4
2010-11 60.1 35.6
Draining It From Downtown
North Texas is enjoying its best run of 3-pointers in school history. The last three seasons has seen the Mean Green hit a combined 382 3-pointers, which is the most in school history over a three year period. The last three seasons rank No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 all-time in a single season at North Texas in 3-pointers. North Texas had a school record 450 3-point attempts last season.
Bolting Into The Record Books
Entering her junior season, Jasmine Godbolt has a chance to enter the record books in numerous offensive categories. Godbolt is only 258 points away from becoming only the 13th player in school history to score 1,000 points. She needs 35 more rebounds to enter the top-10 all-time school history in rebouds and is 277 away from the school record. Godbolt has 199 free throws for her career, 23 away from the top-10 in school history, while she already ranks seventh all-time with 374 free throw attempts.
Torru Shoots The Three
Senior Tamara Torru led North Texas with 28 3-pointers last season and has a chance to break into the top-10 all-time at North Texas. Torru has 44 3-pointers for her career and needs only 19 more to enter the top-10 all-time.
Breaking The Streak
The Mean Green enters the 2011-12 season looking to end an 11-game losing streak, which is the third longest in school history and the longest since the 1984-85 season. The longest losing streak in school history is 17 games, set during the 1983-84 season. The second longest losing streak is 12 games, set during the 1984-85 season.
Hot Hoops In Hot Springs
For the fourth consecutive season, the Sun Belt Conference Tournament will be held in Hot Springs, Arkansas at the Summit Arena & Convention Center. The format features all 12 teams going to Hot Springs. The top two teams from each division will earn bye's into the quarterfinals. The rest of the field will be seeded by finish in their respective division. The women's tournament will be held from March 3-6. North Texas' Coaches Show is on the day preceding the tournament, March 2, from Lucky's in Hot Springs.
North Texas On The Tube
The Sun Belt Network televises three North Texas women's basketball conference games this season. The Jan. 15 game at ULM game begins at 2 p.m. on the Sun Belt Network. The network televises a home double-header with the men's basketball team against Arkansas State on Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., which will also be live on Cox Sports Television (CST) and Comcast Sports Southwest (CSS). A home double-header against Louisiana-Lafayette tips off 1 p.m. followed by the men's game at 3:30 p.m, both televised on the Sun Belt Network.
North Texas returns 10 players from its squad a year ago, which includes most of its production from 2010-11. The Mean Green return 74.9% of its scoring (1444 out of 1927), 77.9% of its individual rebounds (853 out of 1095), 83.9% of its assists (255 out of 304), 79.5% of its steals (178 out of 224), and 75.0% of its blocks (48 out of 64). North Texas returns Jasmine Godbolt, who was named Preseason All-Sun Belt Second Team.
North Texas has four newcomers this season, in addition to a transfer who is eligible in 2012-13. Sara Stanley comes to North Texas as a junior college transfer from McLennan, where she was a two-time all-conference pick. Barbara-Scott Kolb was named the Lay Witnesses For Christ Female Christian Athlete of the Year in 2011, and was twice an all-district pick at Argyle High School. Atavia Blake was named as an All-Tampa Bay selection out of high school before coming to Texas to play for Karen Aston. Braylah Blakely, a McDonald's All-America nominee prior to her senior year, set school records at Cedar Hill, and was named ESPN Rise Regional Player of the Week for a 24-rebound performance against MacArthur. BreAnnaDawkins, a Wichita State transfer, is eligible starting in 2012-13, and was an All-Missouri Valley Conference Freshman Team pick at WSU.
North Texas Inks Five
North Texas signed five players in the early signing period, including two guards, Briana Brooks and Loryn Goodwin, and three forwards in Eboniey Jeter, I'Tiana Taylor and Acheil Tac. Brooks (Tyler Robert E. Lee HS), was named first-team all-district in her junior year, posting 15.5 points and five assists per game. Goodwin (Cypress Falls HS) was named was named TGCA All-State and TBCA All-Region, All-Super Centex team, academic all-district team, and was the District 12-5A Offensive MVP in 2010-11. Jeter (Harker Heights HS) averaged 13.9 points and 16 rebounds a year her junior year, en route to being named first team all-district. Tac (Sasche HS) is one of the leading rebounders in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for a forward and was named All-District 10-5A in 2011. Taylor (Pflugerville HS) ranks as the 52nd best power forward in the country by Dan Olsen Girls Basketball Report.