Saturday, December 1, 2012 5:00 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (3-3, 0-1) at North Texas Mean Green (1-5, 0-0)
Denton, Texas The Super Pit (10,032)
Radio: KNTU, TV: None
Series Record: Tied at 16-16
Last Meeting: NT 78 Louisiana-Lafayette 40
DENTON, Texas - The North Texas women's basketball begins Sun Belt Conference play Saturday night as they host Louisiana-Lafayette at 5 p.m. at the Super Pit. North Texas and Louisiana-Lafayette are meeting for the 33rd time in series history.
The two teams have battled to a draw over the years, as the series is tied at 16-16. Last season the Mean Green swept the Ragin Cajuns. North Texas has won four of the last five matchups against Louisiana-Lafayette in Denton, including a 78-40 rout last season.
North Texas opens its 13th and final season of Sun Belt Conference play against Louisiana-Lafayette. North Texas is moving to Conference USA next season, and begins its final stretch of league games Saturday. North Texas has a record of 87-108 in 12 seasons of Sun Belt play since joining the league in 2000. In Sun Belt Conference openers the Mean Green has a record of 10-2.
North Texas has lost four of its five games by five points or less. The Mean Green has lost leads twice this season with under five minutes to play in the game. Despite lead at the half this season in four of the six games, North Texas has lost that halftime lead three times.
Against Arizona, the Mean Green allowed 54 second half points, which is the most points allowed in a half since giving up 56 points to Drake in 2010. North Texas has held second half leads in three of six games.
Freshman Loryn Goodwin has shown her offensive prowess through the first six game, averaging 9.5 points a game which is fourth on the team. But Goodwin has been even more impressive on the defensive end, where the leads the team with 23 steals and is second on the Sun Belt Conference through six games.
Goodwin had six steals against Arizona and in the last three games has 15 steals. She is on pace to shatter the all-time single season steals record, which stands at 92 and was set in 1978-79 by Lisa Risinger. The freshman record for steals in a single season was set by Ramona Black in 1987-88 with 82 steals.
Laura McCoy has now hit a 3-pointer in a career-best eight straight games dating back to last season. She knocked down a season-high four 3-pointers against Arizona and is hitting 40 percent from behind the arc this season. In the last two games McCoy is 7-for-15 from 3-point range.