TUCSON, Arizona - Despite a career-high 25 points from Jasmine Godbolt, the North Texas women's basketball team fell short and Arizona (8-2) defeated the Mean Green 88-73 at the McKale Center. Denetra Kellum poured in 24 points for North Texas as well but Arizona had four players score in double figures and was able to pull away from the Mean Green late in the second half.
North Texas (3-10) started quickly as they raced out to a 10-5 led on Arizona in the first half. Arizona countered with a 12-1 run to take a 17-11 with 13:56 left in the first half. North Texas cut the lead to three points at 24-21 with 10 minutes left in the half off a Jacquelyn Hearne put-back.
Arizona answered again with a 20-9 run to push the lead to 14 points at 44-30 late in the first half.
Led by Davellyn Whyte and Ify Ibekwe, who combined to score 42 points, Arizona opened up a 58-40 led in the second half. Whyte finished the game with 22 points while Ibekwe had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
North Texas began to claw its way back into the game led by Godbolt and Kellum. North Texas cut the Arizona lead to single digits at 68-59 with seven minutes left after a Kellum basket. Arizona had one final run to put North Texas way. A 15-2 late by Arizona opened up an 84-63 lead with 2:10 left in the game.
Kellum and Godbolt combined for 49 of the 73 North Texas points and the pair both shot 10-for-15 from the floor.
North Texas has nine days between games as they will play again until December 30 as they host UALR to begin Sun Belt Conference play.