TROY, Ala. — Loryn Goodwin’s trip to Troy’s brand-new arena — likely to be the only such visit in her career — was made memorable for her when she drained a record-setting 3-pointer.
That was about all that went right for UNT in an 86-69 loss on Saturday.
Goodwin hit four 3’s for the Mean Green, pushing her season total to 63 and breaking the previous school record of 61 set by Jill Medlock in the 2003-04 season.
That milestone turned out to be a footnote for UNT (10-16, 9-8 Sun Belt), which saw its chances diminish of running down Arkansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock in the Sun Belt Conference West Division standings.
UNT came into the night a game behind ASU (10-6) and half a game behind UALR (9-6). Both won their games on Saturday, which turned out to be another bitter point on a night when the Mean Green didn’t do itself any favors with its performance against the Trojans (6-19, 3-13).
Troy ran out to a double-digit lead by the midway point of the first half and was up 15 in the second half before UNT made a run and cut its deficit to three.
Troy quickly answered and pulled away from UNT to send the Mean Green to its third loss in its last four games. The game was likely the first and last UNT will play at Trojan Arena, which opened this year.
The Mean Green will make the move to Conference USA next season.
“Our effort was unacceptable,” UNT head coach Mike Petersen said. “The group that was on the floor in the second half when we made a run played hard. If we had played that way the whole game, we would have had a chance.”
UNT struggled all night offensively and went just 8-for-24 from 3-point range. Goodwin continued her hot streak offensively and led UNT with 20 points, her third straight 20-point game. BreAnna Dawkins added 14 points and Alexis Hyder 10.
Another big night from Goodwin wasn’t enough to help the Mean Green keep pace with Troy, which shot 55.9 percent (19-for-34) from the floor in the first half, when the Trojans set the tone.
Joanna Harden and Ashley Beverly-Kelly both scored 24 points for Troy. Jasmine Pitts added 15 points and Sarah McAppion 12.
UNT finished with 30 turnovers that Troy converted into 40 points. Several of those points came in the open floor, where the Trojans scored 20 fastbreak points.
“We turned the ball over too many times and gave up too many layups,” Dawkins said. “We let them get into the open floor.”
UNT’s struggles defensively overshadowed another good shooting night from Goodwin, who came into the night off consecutive games in which she hit seven 3’s, a program record for a freshman.’
Goodwin went 7-for-10 in a loss to Florida International and came back to go 7-for-12 in a win over Louisiana-Monroe in which she hit the game-winner in the closing seconds.
Goodwin wasn’t quite as hot against Troy, but still finished 4-for-11.
“When we lose, I don’t care about anything else,” Goodwin said of the record.
UNT appeared as if it were in for a long night when Troy ran out to a 43-31 lead at halftime behind a hot start from its starting backcourt.
The Trojans started four guards who all scored at least eight points in the first half and combined to go 17-for-28 from the floor. Beverly-Kelly scored 12 and McAppion added 11, while Harden and Pitts each scored eight.
Troy trailed just once in the first half after Alexis Hyder hit a layup that put UNT up 2-0.
Troy answered with an 11-2 run and led by as many as 14 points in the first half.
The Trojans went up 38-24 on a Kourtney Coleman layup at the 3:11 mark. UNT pulled to within 38-29 on layups from Hannah Christian and Sara Stanley and a Dawkins free throw, but would get no closer in the first half.
Jasmine Pitts hit a key 3 and Troy went back up 43-29 before Ash’Lynne Evans hit a layup to get UNT to within 12 at halftime.
UNT struggled offensively early and hit just two of its 14 3-point attempts in the first half.
Goodwin hit one of those shots and etched her name in UNT history in the second half, which turned out to be one of the few bright spots for the Mean Green.
“Loryn is making shots, playing hard and doing her job,” Petersen said. “She has delivered for us.”
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Troy 86, North Texas 69
NORTH TEXAS (10-16, 9-8) — Stanley 4-6 0-0 8, Hyder 4-7 1-2 10, McCoy 2-11 0-0 6, Dawkins 5-9 3-4 14, Goodwin 5-17 6-10 20, Christian 2-5 0-0 4, Evans 2-2 1-1 5, Blakely 1-2 0-0 2, Tac 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-60 11-17 69.
TROY (6-19 3-13) — Ross 0-4 5-6 5, Harden 10-21 0-1 24, Beverly-Kelley 9-16 6-6 24, McAppion 5-9 2-3 12, Pitts 6-9 0-0 15, Bowie 0-1 0-0 0, McCloud 0-1 0-0 0, Coleman 2-6 2-2 6. Totals 32-67 15-18 86.
Halftime — Troy 43-31. Three-point goals — UNT 8-24 (Hyder 1-1, McCoy 2-8, Dawkins 1-1, Goodwin 4-11, Christian 0-2, Nelson 0-1), Troy 7-23 (Harden 4-9, Beverly-Kelley 0-7, Pitts 3-5, Bowie 0-1, Coleman 0-1). Fouled out — McAppion. Rebounds — UNT 39 (Goodwin, Evans, Blakely 6), Troy 36 (Ross, McAppion 7). Assists — UNT 13 (Christian 4), Troy 22 (Pitts 12). Total fouls — UNT 18, Troy 15. A 745. Technical fouls — McCloud.