Dec. 9, 2011
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Missouri State Lady Bears (4-3/0-0 MVC) vs. North Texas Mean Green (7-2/0-0 Sun Belt)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011
Tip: 1:05 p.m. (Central)
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: JQH Arena (11,000)
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM
Live Audio: RadioSpringfield.com
Live Video: Bears All-Access
The Missouri State Lady Bears (4-3, 0-0 Missouri Valley Conference) close their busiest week of the season Sunday at 1:05 p.m. when they play host to the North Texas Mean Green (7-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) at JQH Arena.
It will be Missouri State's third game in six days. The week began with an 81-70 victory over East Tennessee State on Tuesday before the Lady Bears fell 80-57 Thursday at Oklahoma State.
Following the North Texas game, Missouri State will have a week off from competition before hosting Morgan State on Dec. 18 and traveling to Arkansas State on Dec. 20 for the final non-conference game of the regular season.
Missouri State has never played North Texas in women's basketball as the Mean Green represent MSU's second first-time opponent of the week after the Lady Bears played East Tennessee State on Tuesday.
Missouri State is 21-11 against current Sun Belt Conference members, including a 73-50 win over UALR on Nov. 29. In all, the Lady Bears have won their last four games against Sun Belt opponents.
Scouting North Texas
Off to its best start since 2005, North Texas was 7-2 overall entering a Dec. 9 home game against Tulane. The Mean Green exceeded their 2010-11 win total with a Dec. 3 win over Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, and only a 10-point loss to Oral Roberts and seven-point setback at Arizona blemished their record through nine contests.
North Texas outscored opponents 62.6-55.4 on average while shooting 36.6 percent from the floor and holding the opposition to 35.6, including a 24.8 mark from three-point range.
Senior guard Tamara Torru led the club with 14.0 points per game, shooting 54.2 percent from long range and averaging 8.3 rebounds. Junior forward Jasmine Godbolt averaged 13.1 points with a team-high 8.8 boards to help UNT hold a +7.1 rebounding margin.