ARLINGTON, Texas - The Karen Aston era as head coach of the North Texas women's basketball began with a bang as the Mean Green (1-0) routed UTA 66-47 at Texas Hall. The Mean Green won its season opener for the second straight year and Aston is just the second head coach to win their coaching debut in school history.
The 19-point margin of victory is the biggest road win to start the season in school history and the biggest win to start a season since 1997.
Tamara Torru notched her second career double-double and Brittney Hudson scored a game-high 16 points and had five steals as North Texas busted open a close game late in the first half.
North Texas, leading 22-21 with 4:03 remaining in the first half, went on a 10-1 run to open up a 10-point lead just before the break.
The Mean Green pushed its lead to 18 points midway through the second half at 52-34 thanks to strong play from Hudson, Torru, and Jasmine Godbolt. UTA (0-1) got no closer than 15 points as the Mean Green held the Mavericks to just 34 percent shooting from the floor.
Godbolt finished the night with 15 points and eight rebounds. The five steals in the game for Hudson tie her career-high.
North Texas held UTA to just 47 points, the lowest point total allowed by North Texas since 2009. The 19 point margin of victory is the biggest for the Mean Green since 2010.
North Texas returns to action on Monday night in the home opener as they host the New Mexico Lobos at the Super Pit at 7 p.m.