Women's basketball: UNT wins on road to take first place

Comments () A Text Size

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The showdown for the top spot in the Sun Belt West Division was a classic battle that saw North Texas outlast Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday to pick up a 68-65 win.

The win vaulted the Mean Green into sole possession of first place in the West.

The loss was only the 10th for UALR (11-4, 4-3 Sun Belt) in Sun Belt action at the Jack Stephens Center. Two of those losses have come to UNT (5-10, 4-2).

“We didn’t start the second half with same intensity as the first, but we found a way to get that energy back and it came from a lot of people,” UNT coach Mike Petersen said.

UALR erased a 31-17 halftime deficit and tied the game at 47 midway through the second half. The Trojans took their first lead and went up 55-50 with 5:10 left.

That’s when UNT answered behind Loryn Goodwin and Alexis Hyder. Goodwin scored five straight points to tie the game at 55. A Goodwin 3-pointer made it 61-55, and the 14-0 run was capped by a 3-pointer from Desiree Nelson to make it 64-55 with less than two minutes to play.

UNT iced the game at the free throw line to pick up its third straight win.

Laura McCoy led UNT with a career-high 23 points and hit six 3-pointers. She became the fourth UNT player with 100 career 3-pointers, as she now has 103.

The Mean Green raced out to an early 17-11 lead as McCoy hit two treys. Goodwin capped a 10-0 run with a 3 to make it 29-13.

UNT will host South Alabama at 5 p.m. Saturday.


DentonRC.com is now using Facebook Comments. To post a comment, log into Facebook and then add your comment below. Your comment is subject to Facebook's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service on data use. If you don't want your comment to appear on Facebook, uncheck the 'Post to Facebook' box. To find out more, read the FAQ .
Copyright 2011 Denton Record-Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.