Women’s Basketball Concludes 2010-2011 Season With Loss to UTEP

March 10, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

SMU women’s basketball fell to the UTEP Miners Wednesday night in round one of the Conference USA Tournament. With the victory, UTEP moves on to the quarterfinals where they face Conference USA Champions Houston. SMU concludes its 2010-2011 season at 14-16.

SMU’s Christine Elliot led the Mustangs, earning her third double-double of the season. Elliot led all scorers with 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Sophomore Alisha Filmore reached double-figure points with 15 and Samantha Mahnesmith had a team-best six assists.

Ninth-seeded UTEP went 46 percent from the field, including nine three pointers to take the 75-57 victory. SMU was held to 30.8 percent from the field, including shooting 1-for-21 the three-point line.

SMU Stumbles against UAB in Second Round of C-USA Tournament

March 9, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The women’s basketball team fell to the University of Alabama-Birmingham, 64-55, Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the Conference USA Championship tournament at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla.

SMU (20-10, 10-7 C-USA) jumped to an 18-6 lead midway through the first half following a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Heidi Brandenburg, but the Blazers (16-14, 10-8 C-USA) went on a 12-0 run to tie the game.

Senior post Alice Severin led the Mustangs with eight first-half points, and SMU took a 25-22 lead into halftime.

After missing all five three-point attempts in the first half, however, UAB improved to shoot 3-for-6 from beyond the arc in the second half and take the lead with over 17 minutes to play.

“They’re a very good team,” head coach Rhonda Rompola said of the Blazers in a post-game radio interview. “We just ran into some unforced errors.”

Three UAB players combined to score 60 of the team’s 64 points – senior forward Tamika Dukes (21 points) and freshmen guards Amber Jones (23) and Jala Harris (16).

The Mustangs were led by 13 points apiece from junior guard Haley Day and senior guard Jillian Samuels.

Severin finished with 10 points while sophomore post Christine Elliot scored eight points with a game-high 16 rebounds.

Senior forward Brittany Gilliam scored just four points and committed four turnovers before fouling out with 8:01 left in the game.

“When you have somebody of Brittany’s caliber sitting on the bench,” Rompola said, “it’s very difficult because it takes away some leadership, and we were missing that a little bit.”

The team will find out Monday if it is selected for the 2010 Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

Samuels Sets 3-Point Mark in 69-61 Win

February 25, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The women’s basketball team, playing shorthanded while senior post Alice Severin recovers from a knee injury, needed just seven players Thursday to beat the University of Central Florida at Moody Coliseum, 69-61.

SMU (18-9, 8-6 Conference USA) was led by 17 points from senior guard Jillian Samuels, who tied and broke the school record for career three-pointers during the game against the Knights (8-15, 5-9 C-USA).

With her first trifecta of the night, Samuels tied the record of 236 set by Andrea Cossey from 2000-2004, and she moved ahead with another three-pointer at the 5:29 mark in the first half.

“Everybody kept talking about it, but I was trying not to think about it,” Samuels said.

“It was a relief that she got it in the first half,” head coach Rhonda Rompola said. “It’s nice to break the record, but with something like that you want to follow it up with a victory.”

Samuels added another three-pointer in the second half (No. 238), and SMU shot 7-for-19 from behind the arc in the game while UCF was just 2-for-13.

Senior guard Brittany Gilliam and junior forward Haley Day each had 13 points for the Mustangs, and Day also grabbed 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

Sophomore post Christine Elliot pulled down eight rebounds while freshman forward Sarah Shelton went a perfect 4-for-4 shooting and contributed eight points with six rebounds in her third career start.

Without the 6-foot-3-inch Severin in the lineup, SMU was out-rebounded 48-34 by UCF, and the Knights scored 34 points in the paint to the Mustangs’ 26.

“Rebounding was a huge concern,” Rompola said. “Even though [the Knights] are small, they’re very athletic. And they’re strong, very strong under the board.”

The Mustangs remain in a third-place tie with the University of Houston (14-13, 8-6 C-USA), and they can clinch a first-round bye in the conference championship tournament with a victory Saturday against Southern Miss.

Tip-off against the Golden Eagles (9-18, 5-9 C-USA) is set for 2 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Samuels, Gilliam Lead SMU to 74-64 Win

February 21, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The women’s basketball team bounced back from Thursday’s loss at Tulsa with a 74-64 win on the road Sunday against Marshall University.

Senior guard Jillian Samuels scored a game-high 21 points for SMU (17-9, 7-6 Conference USA) while senior guard Brittany Gilliam added 17 points with six assists.

The pair also shot 50 percent (8-for-16) on three-pointers, where the Mustangs had a sizeable advantage over the Thundering Herd (14-12, 6-7 C-USA) at 52.2 percent to 21.1 percent.

Sophomore forward Christine Elliot picked up a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for SMU while guards Haley Day and Samantha Mahnesmith each scored eight points.

The Mustangs led at halftime, 36-29, and trailed Marshall just once in the second half.

Four players scored in double figures for the Thundering Herd, who were led by 16 points and nine rebounds from junior forward Tynikki Crook.

SMU will return home for the final three games of the regular season beginning Thursday against the University of Central Florida Knights (8-14, 5-8 C-USA).

Tip-off against UCF is set for 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

SMU Falls on Road to Tulsa, 57-54

February 18, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

Despite having four players score 10 or more points, the SMU women’s basketball team fell short in its comeback attempt against Tulsa on Thursday, falling 57-54.

Junior forward Haley Day led the Mustangs (16-9, 5-6 Conference USA) with 14 points while senior guard Brittany Gilliam just missed a double-double with a team-high 13 points and nine rebounds, but the Golden Hurricane (10-13, 4-8 C-USA) took a 27-21 halftime lead and never gave it up.

Tulsa stretched its advantage to 38-25 before Day pulled SMU to within one point on a fast break layup at 1:58, but the Golden Hurricane’s Larissa Williams hit two straight free throws to seal the win.

The Mustangs also received 12 points from sophomore guard Samantha Mahnesmith and 10 points from sophomore post Christine Elliot, who fouled out of the game with 12:29 left to play.

SMU will play its final regular-season road game on Sunday against the Marshall Thundering Herd (14-11, 6-6 C-USA) in Huntington, W.V.

The team returns home for a match-up with the University of Central Florida (7-14, 4-8 C-USA) on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Tip-off against the Knights is set for 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Mustangs Let Lead Slip Away, Lose 73-67

February 14, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The women’s basketball team could not build on Friday’s win over Rice, falling to the University of Houston Cougars Sunday afternoon at Moody Coliseum, 73-67.

The Mustangs (18-8, 6-5 Conference USA) led for much of the game but saw their field-goal shooting drop from 50 percent in the first half to 27.3 percent in the second half, which let Houston (13-11, 7-4 C-USA) outscore them 38-28 after the intermission.

“We let their pressure get to us,” head coach Rhonda Rompola said. “We were a little rattled, and we played rattled.”

Senior guard Jillian Samuels led SMU with 17 points and sophomore post Christine Elliot grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds.

Junior Haley Day and senior Brittany Gilliam each scored 15 points for the Mustangs, and Gilliam picked up her third double-double of the season with 10 rebounds, but the pair also combined for 10 turnovers.

Houston scored 18 points off of 17 SMU turnovers in the game.

“I made some bad passes into Christine [Elliot],” Day said. “We were in control most of the game, and when it started getting closer we were all on our heels. They pretty much took us out of our offense.”

The Cougars were led by 25 points from guard Brittney Scott (including five three-pointers) and 10 rebounds from forward Lesslee Mason.

Houston also used an 18-for-21 performance from the free throw line to complete its second-half comeback.

“We can’t afford to lose any more games,” Samuels said. “We shouldn’t have lost this one. We just need to pick it up, make sure we keep on pressuring teams and don’t ever let up.”

The team now prepares for an extended weekend road trip to face Tulsa (9-13, 3-8 C-USA) on Friday and Marshall (14-11, 6-6 C-USA) next Monday, Feb. 21.

SMU will return home to take on the University of Central Florida Knights (7-13, 4-7 C-USA) on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Women’s Basketball Improves to 7-1

December 3, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

The SMU women’s basketball team took the lead early and never looked back on its way to a 80-58 win over in-state rival North Texas Wednesday in Denton, Texas.

Sophomore Christine Elliot earned her first double-double of the season with 18 points and ten rebounds. The Mustangs had two other players in double digits, Haley Day with 16 points and Raquel Christian added ten.

SMU got off to a quick 14-7 lead connecting on three 3-pointers. The Mustang defense held the Mean Green to one point over the next six minutes, as SMU took a 24-8 lead.

The Mustangs hit a cold streak and allowed North Texas to cut the SMU lead to six at halftime.

Led by scoring by Day, the Mustangs shot 50 percent in the second half from the field to seal the 22-point victory.

SMU returns to Moody Coliseum to take on crosstown rival TCU Wednesday Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

A Great ‘Day’ For Women’s Basketball

February 26, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

SMU Head Coach Rhonda Rompola has been waiting for sophomore forward Haley Day to play as well as she did Thursday.

“We’ve been waiting for this game,” Rompola said. “I’ve been telling the team that she needs to shoot more.”

Day’s 20 points and 14 rebounds helped the Mustangs (18-10, 11-4 C-USA) get their second straight win beating Tulane, 61-49, at Moody Coliseum.

Day was only one of two Mustangs to earn a double-double Thursday. Freshmen Christine Elliott earned a piece of the spotlight with a school record 21 rebounds and 16 points.

“Most players can’t stay with her,” Rompola said. “When she goes out there, she goes hard.”

SMU led by eight midway through the first half before falling into a shooting drought to end the half tied at 25. Tulane (16-13, 8-7 C-USA) led as late as 15:04 in the second half before Day hit two free throws to give SMU the lead for good.

“We knew we needed this win,” said Day, whose second double-double this season helped SMU maintain its share of the top spot in C-USA.

SMU, Southern Miss, and UTEP are tied atop the conference at 11-4. The Mustangs take on UTEP this Saturday, for atleast a share of the regular season conference championship.

“Saturday is just as important as this game was,” Day said.

“I hope she (Day) can’t forget what she did today,” Rompola said. “She needs to repeat it Saturday.”

Mustangs Extend Winning Streak to Six

February 1, 2009 by · Comments Off 

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LaShandra Hill goes up strong down low to help the Mustangs beat the Rice Owls 68-52 on Saturday afternoon. (THE DAILY MUSTANG / ALAN H. ROSE)

LaShandra Hill goes up strong down low to help the Mustangs beat the Rice Owls 68-52 on Saturday afternoon. (THE DAILY MUSTANG / ALAN H. ROSE)

By Alan Rose
arose@smu.edu

Riding a five-game win streak, the SMU Mustangs came out strong, starting the game on a 13-7 run in their 68-52 victory over the Rice Owls (5-16, 0-8 Conference USA) Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

SMU shot 48 percent from the field and outrebounded the Owls 47 to 37. Christine Elliott had nine rebounds and eleven points.

“I just played my game. Scoring in the paint…I think I could be more physical. I wasn’t that physical,” said Elliott.

SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola said,? “I told her to get out there and use her physical ability and that the team needs her.”

SMU has won the last three meetings between the two teams dating back to last season. This is Rompola’s 326th career win and the eighth six-game win streak in program history all under Rompola’s tenure.

The Mustangs (14-7, 7-1 Conference USA) take on Southern Miss Lady Eagles (14-7, 7-1 Conference USA) in a battle for first place on February 5th.