DENTON, TX (ASU) — Arkansas State got double-digit scoring efforts from three players, but the North Texas Mean Green (13-9, 6-3) avenged a Jan. 7 loss to ASU with a 68-54 decision over the Red Wolves Saturday afternoon in Sun Belt Conference women's basketball action at the Super Pit.
Junior Andi Watson tied her career high with 14 points to lead Arkansas State and senior Meghan Lewis and junior Ashley Olvera each added 11. Watson also led A-State on the boards with seven rebounds. The Red Wolves, which defeated North Texas 70-64 in Jonesboro in the first meeting of the season, slipped to 8-14 overall and 2-7 in SBC action with the loss.
"North Texas was playing so much more aggressively than we were today," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "They weren't necessarily playing any harder, but their intensity lever was higher, they attacked the boards harder and their cuts were faster. It felt like we were just on our heels right from the start."
Arkansas State fell behind 35-24 at the half. The Red Wolves trailed by just three at 21-18 with 7:58 remaining in the period, but North Texas outscored ASU 14-6 the rest of the period to take its 11-point lead at the break. Olvera led A-State at halftime with nine points while Watson had eight points and five rebounds, including four on the offensive glass.
North Texas pulled away after halftime and opened up a 20-point lead when Tamara Torru scored with 5:48 remaining to make it 63-43. Jasmine Godbolt led the Mean Green with 15 points, Brittney Hudson added 12 and Torru finished with 11.
Arkansas State finished the game shooting .310 from the floor (18-58) and .778 from the line (14-18). North Texas shot .484 (30-62) on the day from the floor, .625 (5-8) from the charity stripe and won the battle on the boards 43-33.
The Red Wolves will now return to the ASU Convocation Center for a Feb. 1 matchup with the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe.
Tipoff for Wednesday's SBC-West contest is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.