BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The North Texas women’s basketball team went punch-for-punch with Western Kentucky in one of the Sun Belt’s toughest venues, but couldn’t overcome a career evening from WKU’s Alexis Govan in an 82-80 loss to the Lady Tops.
The WKU (11-2, 4-0 SBC East) sophomore poured in 40 points, including 24 in the first half, in leading the Lady Tops offense that shot 47 percent on the night. The Mean Green (2-10, 1-2 SBC West) answered with a career-high 22 points from BreAnna Dawkins, but ultimately fell to 0-9 all-time in WKU’s historic E.A. Diddle Arena.
Laura McCoy made her first bucket of the evening count, cutting the WKU lead to 73-72 with 2:13 on the clock. She sliced the lead to a bucket once again with a pair of free throws with 49 seconds on the clock, and made it a one-point game with a layup with 4.2 remaining. Dawkins had a contested look at the game winner at the buzzer, but it fell short.
The Mean Green went 25-of-27 (92.6 percent) from the stripe, which was the third-best outing in school history.
Loryn Goodwin had three steals in the game’s first eight minutes, and seven overall, which gives her at least two takeaways in five straight games. The freshman now has 46 steals on the year, and is on pace to challenge for the school record of 103.
Both teams got off to a blistering start. NT and the Lady Tops combined to hit 11 of their first 13 shots over the game’s first three minutes, as the Mean Green raced out to a 13-11 lead.
WKU was able to keep its foot on the accelerator, while the Mean Green cooled off from the floor. After hitting 7-of-10 to open the game, NT went 7-of-29 for the remainder of the half.
Dawkins put North Texas back on top, 47-46, with a three-point play six minutes in the second half. Her “And-1” play capped off a 11-2 North Texas run. The Mean Green lead wouldn’t last much longer, as WKU answered with a 7-0 run of their own.
North Texas now returns home to face Troy (Jan. 2) and ULM (Jan. 5) at the Super Pit.