Women's Basketball Travels To Texas State

Game 5 • Friday, November 25, 2011 • 7:00 p.m.
North Texas Mean Green (3-1, 0-0 Sun Belt)
at Texas State Bobcats (3-1, 0-0 Southland)
San Marcos, Texas • Strahan Coliseum (7,200)
Radio: KNTU 88.1 FM • TV: None
Series Record: Texas State leads 17-8
Last: W, 86-61 (11/21/1998) at Texas State

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North Texas Travels To San Marcos To Face Texas State
North Texas, looking for its first 4-1 start since 2005-06, travels to Texas State for its second road game of the season. The Mean Green have won its last three against Southland Conference foes and four of its last five against the SLC. The Mean Green have a seven-game winning streak in Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos, but have only faced Texas State in one of those games. North Texas is 3-1 under first-year head coach Karen Aston, the best start for the Mean Green since 2008-09.

Mustang Savvy
North Texas came away with s 50-46 win over SMU on Nov. 22, marking the first win for North Texas over the Mustangs since 2005-06. Prior to the 2011-12 academic year, no North Texas program had beaten SMU since football's 24-6 win over the Mustangs in 2006, but soccer and women's basketball have pulled out wins against the Mustangs this year. Karen Aston is now 2-0 against SMU boss Rhonda Rompola, with Aston winning a 2008-09 season game with Charlotte.

North Texas vs. Texas State
North Texas trails in the all-time series against Texas State, 8-17, but has won the last two meetings, in 1996 and 1998, with current North Texas assistant coach Jalie Mitchell scoring 15 points in the 1998 contest. North Texas is on a seven game winning streak in San Marcos, with those wins all coming in different iterations of Texas State's tournament in Strahan Coliseum. The series took a hiatus after North Texas left the Southland Conference following the 1995-96 season, with the only meeting since then coming in the CenturyTel/SWT Classic in 1998-99. North Texas' last games in San Marcos against any opponent were in 2002 in the SW Texas Century Tel Classic.

Last Time Against Texas State
SAN MARCOS, Texas (11/21/1998)- Ashley Norris and Jalie Mitchell put on a veritable clinic while boosting North Texas to a 86-61 victory over Texas State to capture the championship of the CenturyTel/SWT Classic for the second consecutive year.

Norris was voted the tournament's MVP after racking up 20 points, and Mitchell added 15 to propel the Mean Green to their first 3-0 start in nine years.

North Texas rolled to a 23-13 lead, and a subsequent 36-18 run, capped by Nicole Thomas' three-pointer at the buzzer, gave North Texas a 59-33 advantage at the half. The Mean Green shot 47.1 percent from the field, including 57.9 percent in the first half, and shot 52.6 percent on 3-pointers.

North Texas has held opponents to 50 points or fewer three times this season, which is the most times an opponent has been held to the half-century mark or less since 2007-08. North Texas held opponents to 50 points or fewer just three times in the span from 2008-11. North Texas held its opponents to 50 or less seven times in both 2004-05 and 2005-06, which is the school record.

No Need To Be (Mc)Coy About It
Laura McCoy had one of the best games of her career as North Texas downed the Mustangs 50-46 on Nov. 22. McCoy had career-highs in rebounds (8), assists (4), and set a season-high in points (9). McCoy hit a three pointer at the start of the second half that gave North Texas its first lead of the game, and moved to 12-of-12 on the season on free throws, including making two late free throws to ice the game. McCoy seems to enjoy playing the Ponies, her career-high in points was also set against SMU, scoring 12 points against them in 2010-11.

It's Not How You Start, It's How You Finish
Despite going without a point for the first 9:32 of the game, and digging a 9-0 deficit, North Texas came back to beat SMU 50-46 on Nov. 22. The win is the biggest comeback victory for North Texas since it overcame a 13 point deficit to beat Nicholls State on Dec. 13, 2010. North Texas first took the lead in the game at 19:25 of the second half, when Laura McCoy made a 3-pointer to go up 23-22.

Nien, Nien, Yes!
Jasmine Godbolt picked up her 18th career double-double on Nov. 22 against SMU, scoring 11 points and picking up 10 rebounds against the Mustangs. Godbolt just missed on picking up a double-double in the two games prior to SMU, picking up double-digit points and nine rebounds in both games. Godbolt has come one rebound away from picking up a double-double eight times in her career.

Hudson Steals The Show
Brittney Hudson is leading the Sun Belt Conference with 3.5 assists per game, and has 14 steals so far in the season, over halfway to her career high of 23, set in 2009-10. In addition, she ranks 17th in the conference in points per game, and 15th in the league in free throw percentage. She leads all North Texas players in plus-minus so far this season. She is on pace to nab 105 steals this year, which would set the North Texas single-season record.

They're Free For A Reason
North Texas has two players who are perfect from the free throw line so far this season. Laura McCoy is 12-for-12 from the line, including a 6-for-6 peformance at UT Arlington. Ash'Lynne Evans is 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, and Desiree Nelson has missed just one free throw, sitting at 7-of-8 for the year. As a team, North Texas ranks 3rd in the Sun Belt and has a .725 free throw percentage.

Crashing The Boards
Through two games, North Texas is owning the offensive glass, having a 42.6% offensive rebounding percentage (67 offensive rebounds, 90 defensive rebounds allowed), which ranks third in the Sun Belt Conference.. The Mean Green have scored 55 second-chance points on 67 offensive rebounds, and have only allowed 28 second-chance points on 48 offensive rebounds allowed.

Mean Green Off To Fast Start
North Texas had its first 2-0 start since 2005-06, and first 3-1 start since 2008-09, with Karen Aston taking over the reins of the program. Aston joined Tina Slinker as the only two coaches in North Texas program history to win a debut game, with a 66-47 road win. The Mean Green allowed 97 points in its first two games, the fewest amount of points allowed through two games in program history. The Mean Green are looking for its first 4-1 start since 2005-06.

Torru Seeing Double-Double
Tamara Torru had the second double-double of her career at UT Arlington (13 pts, 12 reb) on Nov. 11, helping the Mean Green to a 66-47 victory. Torru grabbed 12 rebounds at UTA, just one short of her career-high 13, and reached 10+ rebounds for only the third time in her career. Torru is the first North Texas player since Erika Bobo in 2005 to open the season with a double-double. She also tied a career-high with three assists.

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.

The Super Pit Is It
The Mean Green won its five of its last six non-conference home games dating back to the start of 2010-11, and have won seven of its last nine non-conference home games in the Super Pit, dating back to 2009. Since 1998-99, North Texas is 104-55 (.654) in all games at The Super Pit.

NT Records At Home Since 1998-99
1998-99: 10-0
1999-00: 11-2
2000-01: 9-2
2001-02: 12-0
2002-03: 5-6
2003-04: 6-6
2004-05: 9-3
2005-06: 11-3
2006-07: 6-5
2007-08: 9-6
2008-09: 4-7
2009-10: 6-7
2010-11: 4-7
2011-12: 2-1

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 Charlotte defense the last 2 years
Year Points FG% Year Points FG%
2009-10 78.5 43.8 2009-10 60.3 32.4
2010-11 73.3 41.9 2010-11 60.1 35.6

2011-12 53.2 37.8

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 196 points away from becoming only the 13th player in school history to score 1,000 points. She ranks 10th at North Texas in career rebounds and is 241 away from the school record. Godbolt has 214 free throws for her career, 8 away from the top-10 in school history, while she already ranks fifth all-time with 400 free throw attempts.

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.

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.

2011-12 Sun Belt Preseason Poll
West Division Points East Division Points
1. Denver 62 (6) 1. Middle Tennessee 68 (9)
2. Arkansas State 56 (1) 2. FIU 58 (1)
3. UALR 53 (3) 3. Western Kentucky 48 (1)
4. Louisiana-Monroe 29 4. South Alabama 38
5. North Texas 28 (1) 5. Florida Atlantic 23 (1)
6. Louisiana-Lafayette 24 (1) 6. Troy 17

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 47 3-pointers for her career and needs only 16 more to enter the top-10 all-time.

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 byes 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 on Feb. 18 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 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, 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.

Game Time Changed For Tulane
North Texas' Dec. 7 home game against Tulane has been moved to 7:30 p.m., from its original game time of 7 p.m. The game time has been pushed back to accomadate fans who want to attend both the football banquet earlier that evening, and the women's basketball game.



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