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UNT loses despite freshman’s effort
Tim Cato / Senior Staff Writer
Freshman guard Loryn Goodwin’s seven three-pointers were not enough for the women’s basketball team to beat Florida International University on Saturday, as the team fell 72-63.
Goodwin fell one three-point shot shy of Allison Clark’s all-time UNT record. Clark made eight three-pointers on Nov. 21, 1997. Goodwin finished with 26 points playing all 40 minutes.
“This was a really big game, and I like playing in big games,” Goodwin said. “I like the pressure. I like not knowing what’s going to happen next so I just played my hardest. I think this might have been the most important game of the season so far.”
Head coach Mike Petersen said the previous game against Western Kentucky University was the Mean Green’s worst effort all year. Although he said the effort improved against FIU (15-9, 9-6), it was not enough for the victory.
“I thought our energy and effort and focus were pretty good tonight,” Petersen said. “I thought we played pretty hard. We just didn’t play well enough to beat a good team. We’re the best free throw shooting team in the conference and we went 8-18.”
Ten misses from the free throw line were uncharacteristic from the UNT team (9-15, 8-7), which has only one player shooting under 65 percent from the line.
“For myself, I just couldn’t make one,” freshman forward Alexis Hyder said. “We have to knock those down, stop turning the ball over and finish.”
The loss dropped UNT two games behind Sun Belt West Division-leading Arkansas State University (13-11, 10-5). For the Mean Green to have a chance to win the division, Arkansas State will have to lose a game prior to its rematch against UNT in the final game of the regular season.
FIU junior guard Jerica Coley, who leads all of Division-I women’s basketball in scoring with 25.5 points a game, matched Goodwin with 26 points of her own and hit several big shots down the stretch as the Panthers pulled away in the second half.
“Things like this happen to teams all the time in February,” Goodwin said. “It’s just about what we’re going to do next. We lost two games at home and it’s disappointing with the big crowd tonight, but we play on the road. What are we made of? I guess we’ll see.”
The Mean Green travels to face the University of Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday. The game will tip off at 5:15 p.m.