HOUSTON- North Texas women's basketball beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 72-58, to win the Gene Hackerman Invitational at Rice's Tudor Fieldhouse. The Mean Green win an In-Season Tournament for the first time since the 2002-03 Southwest Texas CenturyTel Classic.
Jasmine Godbolt recorded one of two double-doubles for the Mean Green tonight, and was named Tournament MVP. Tamara Torru was also named to the All-Tournament Team after scoring in double-figures.
The Mean Green (6-2) exceed their 2010-11 win total with the victory over the Islanders (3-6), who had already exceeded their 2010-11 win total by reaching the semi-finals with a victory over Rice.
North Texas led wire-to-wire for the first time in the Karen Aston era, and the game was never within five points after the first 4:45 of play.
North Texas opened the game on a 9-0 run, their best run to open a game this season. The Mean Green used the hot start to open up to a lead that went as large as 25-7 after a 10-0 run midway through the first half, and continued their to a 41-27 halftime lead.
For the second-straight game North Texas did not trail in the second half, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi only was able to close the lead to six during the second half. The Mean Green pulled away with an 11-0 run that made the score 69-50 with 5:02 left to play, before winning the game with a final margin of 72-58.
Sara Stanley had a breakout performance for the Mean Green in the game, posting career-highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds for her first senior college double-double.
Jasmine Godbolt recorded her third double-double of the season, and scored in double figures for the 55th time in her career. She had a team-high 15 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high five steals.
Tamara Torru reached double figures for the Mean Green for the seventh time this season, scoring 13 points and recording six rebounds.
Atavia Blake saw her first career minutes tonight, and scored her first two career points on a late bucket, which saw the Mean Green bench explode in cheers.
The Mean Green return home to host Alabama on Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. The Crimson Tide are the first SEC opponent to visit North Texas since 2002-03.