DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — North Texas forced 29 turnovers en route to one of the best defensive performances in program history Thursday afternoon.
The Mean Green defeated Coastal Carolina 50-34 in their first game of the San Juan Shootout. The 34 points scored by the Chanticleers is tied for the second-fewest by a Mean Green opponent ever.
"We were all one unit today on defense," junior Grace Goodhart said. "We were all in sync and we played well together."
The 29 turnovers forced by UNT turned into 36 points the other way. It's the most forced turnovers forced in a game by the Mean Green since they forced 31 against St. Bonaventure on Nov. 24, 2012.
UNT improved to 3-1 on the year with the win, its best start since the 2011-12 season.
Redshirt junior Terriell Bradley led all scorers Thursday with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting.
Goodhart, a transfer from Loyola University Chicago, scored 10 points -- her best output with UNT -- and had five steals, three assists and no turnovers in the win.
"We came out quick on the defensive-end and carried the wave from there," Goodhart said.
North Texas held Coastal Carolina (3-2) scoreless for the first 7:40 of the game.
Coastal cut the Mean Green lead down in the second quarter, but a 14-2 UNT run to end the first half gave it a double-digit lead at the midway point. UNT forced 15 first-half turnovers, which they scored 20 points off of.
Bradley's 20 points is a season-high. ... Sophomore Jada Poland has four blocks through four games. She only had three all of last year. ... Point guard Brittany Smith returned after missing the previous two games due to a death in her family. Smith didn't start but played 23 minutes and scored 2 points and had a game-high 4 assists. ... UNT has held two of its four opponents to under 40 points this season.
UNT takes on Detroit Mercy at 3:15 p.m. Friday in their final game of the San Juan Shootout.