DENTON, Tex. - The North Texas women's basketball team gets an early challenge in the young season as they face the 10th ranked team in the land, the Texas Longhorns tonight at the Erwin Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m as the Mean Green are in search of their first win of the season.
The game can be heard live on www.kntu.com and tape delayed on 88.1 FM KNTU following the high school football coverage.
North Texas has not fared well against Texas as the Longhorns own a perfect 9-0 mark against the Mean Green. The series first started in 1978, the second year of basketball for North Texas. The Mean Green is 0-7 against Texas in Austin with the closest encounter coming in 2005, the last time North Texas played Texas. That was a 69-49 win for the Longhorns.
North Texas has never beaten a Top 25 team in school history. Texas will be the 10th Top 25 team that the Mean Green has faced since the 2003-04 season. The biggest near miss of an upset for North Texas over a Top 25 team came in 1999 when the Mean Green hosted No. 2 Purdue and fell short 79-68.
Freshman Jasmine Godbolt burst onto the scene for North Texas against George Washington with 15 points and nine rebounds, leaving her one shy of a double-double. Godbolt was just one rebound away from recording the earliest double-double in school history for a true freshman.
Godbolt, just two games into her career, still has one more game to get the record which is held by Rosalyn Reades who notched a double-double in just her fourth game as a freshman in 1998. Godbolt unofficially recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds in the exhibition game against Newman. She has two games to either break or tie record held by Reades.
Senior Brittney James notched another 20-point game against George Washington. That makes six 20-point games for her career and the third game of 20-points or more for James her last 27 games played. She buried three 3-pointers against GW and vaulted to fifth all-time in school history. With just three more 3-pointers, James will pass current assistant coach Jalie Johnson (Mitchell) and move into fourth place. She currently has 85 3-pointers for her career.
Junior Niq'ky Hughes will be returning to Austin for the first time since transferring from Texas to North Texas last summer. Hughes spent two seasons in Austin before deciding to head up the road to Denton. At Texas her sophomore season, she saw action in 16 games. In her freshman season, Hughes averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds while playing in just under 14 minutes a contest. She had two starts and played in all 32 Longhorn games.