SMU Women’s Basketball Falls in Regular Season Finale

March 4, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

SMU women’s basketball concluded their regular season Thursday night with a loss against the Rice Owls of Houston. The final score was 73-63 in Moody Coliseum where the Mustangs finished out the season eighth in Conference USA.

Senior Haley Day put forth a strong performance in her last home game as a Mustang, posting double-double figures with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

“Haley really did a good job of hitting the boards,” said Mustang Head Coach Rhonda Rompola. “Her pursuit of the basketball is so good. I wish we could have 15 players that go after the ball like Haley Day.”

Senior Raquel Christian also performed strong bringing in 10 points for the Mustangs. Sophomore Alisha Filmore also provided a strong offensive front for the Mustangs with her 14 points.

The SMU defense held Rice to just 39.3 percent from the field, but the Mustangs where unable to stop the Owl’s Jessica Kuster. The 10-time C-USA Freshman of the Week scored 23 points and brought down 13 rebounds.

The Mustangs will play ninth-seeded UTEP at 8:30 p.m. in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament Wednesday, March 9, in El Paso, Texas.

Women’s Basketball Sets Record in Victory over UTEP

February 27, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

SMU women’s basketball(14-14, 7-8 C-USA) defeated the UTEP Miners(14-13, 6-9 C-USA) in El Paso Sunday night. The 70-64 victory completed the Mustang’s season sweep of the Miners.

SMU’s Raquel Christian led the Mustang attack setting a new school record. Christian set the SMU single-game record in 3-pointers with eight 3-point field goals, scoring a career-high 32 points. The senior went 11 for 16 from the field and a precise 8 for 12 from behind the three point arc. Christian’s 32 points is the 10th most in the program’s history.

The Mustangs went 24 for 52 in the game shooting 46.2 percent from the field. The game was close to the final seconds when junior Samantha Mahnesmith recorded 3 of 4 free throws in the final 20 seconds the take the victory. Mahnesmith scored 13 points on the night.

Senior Haley Day continued to impress, reaching double figures for the third-straight game with 10 points.

SMU concludes there regular season play this Thursday, March 3 against Rice at home in Moody Coliseum. Prior to the game the seniors will celebrate their last home game with Senior Day activities.

SMU Women’s Basketball Completes Season Sweep of Tulsa

February 14, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Mia Castillo

SMU’s women’s basketball team (13 – 11, 6 – 5 C-USA) completed their season sweep of Tulsa (5 – 14 , 1 – 10 C-USA) at yesterday’s home game.

Junior post Christine Elliott played a big part in Sunday’s win, posting her second double-double of the season for her 12th career double-double.

Another victorious Mustang was senior guard/forward Haley Day. Day scored a team high of 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Throughout the first half of the game the Mustangs played hard, staying in the lead and only allowing the Golden Hurricane to score 12 points.

During the second half of the game, Tulsa cut their way into the lead making 19-of-36 shots, but the Mustangs recovered their lead sinking 54.5 percent of their shots in the second half. The ‘Stangs remained victorious, keeping their double-digit lead until just 13 seconds were left in the game.

Two other Mustangs that added to the group of players in double digits were senior forward Delisha Wills, who finished with 15 points, and junior guard Samantha Mahnesmith who finished with 11 points.

SMU will hit the court against East Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 17, and will return home to play UAB on Sunday, Feb. 20th at 2 p.m.

SMU Women’s Basketball Falls to Southern Miss

January 30, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Mia Castillo

SMU women’s basketball team fell 75 – 63 at Southern Miss Thursday night. The Mustangs are now 10–9 and 3–3 in Conference USA. Southern Miss’s Golden Eagles improved to 9–11, 4–3 C-USA after Thursday night’s game.

Senior guard/forward, Haley Day recorded her first double-double with 10 points and a a season-high 12 rebounds. Junior guard, Samantha Mahnesmith, also scored 10 points in Thursday night’s game.

The Golden Eagles had five players in double-figures, led by Jamierra Faulkner’s 19 points. Southern Miss started out the second half with a 7-0 run. After that the Mustangs were never able to catch the Eagle charge.

SMU shot 36.9 percent for the game ( 24-of-65), while the Golden Eagles made 47.5-percent from the field (29-of-61). The Mustangs ended their three-game winning streak.

SMU’s next game will be on the road against Houston on Sunday at 2 p.m.

SMU Women’s Basketball Claims Victory over UTEP

January 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Mia Castillo

SMU women’s basketball (10-8, 3-2 C-USA) team defeated UTEP (11-6, 3-3 C-USA) yesterday afternoon in Moody Coliseum with a final score of 81–79.

Four Mustangs finished Sunday’s game in double figures including senior guard/ forward Haley Day, junior post Christine Elliott, junior guard Samantha Mahnesmith and sophomore guard Alisha Filmore.

The game was close until the finish. UTEP cut the Mustangs lead down to 68–67 with 5:09 left to play and went on to take a 71-70 lead with only 4:20 left on the clock.

With the game tied with only 11 seconds to go on the clock, Filmore hit a pair of clutch free-throws to give the Mustangs the victory. SMU has now improved to 3–2 in Conference USA.

Day lead the Mustangs in points with a season-high 17, going 3-for-3 from the 3-point line.

The Mustangs hit the court again this Thursday, January 27, against Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Mississippi at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Hands Out Season Awards

April 28, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

After leading the Mustangs to their third straight 20-win season, Rhonda Rompola presented the women’s basketball 2009-2010 season awards Monday.

Senior Alice Severin won the “Defense” and “Mustang” awards. She was an Academic All-Conference award winner after averaging 6.1 points, five rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game.

Brittany Gilliam, who recently signed a training camp contract with the Tulsa Shock, won the team’s “Offense” award. Gilliam averaged 14.7 points, 5 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game in 2009-2010. She also earned a first-team All C-USA honor.

Rompola awarded junior Haley Day the “Hustle” award. Day will be an instrumental part of next year’s team as she will be the only starting senior. She scored 9.6 points per game and averaged 6.5 rebounds.

The only underclassman to win an award was sophomore Christine Elliott who earned the “Rebounding” award after pulling down over eight rebounds per game while averaging eleven points per game.

SMU Women Fall In First Round of WNIT

March 18, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

The SMU women’s basketball team lost their second consecutive postseason game, 66-51, Wednesday to New Mexico in the first round of the WNIT in Albuquerque, NM, after shooting 28 percent from the field.

The Mustangs trailed by only five at halftime but were outscored 34-24 in the second half.

New Mexico (19-12, 9-7 Mountain West) finished sixth in their final conference standings, while SMU finished third in the C-USA final regular season standings.

After receiving a bye in the first round of the C-USA tournament, SMU (20-11, 10-6 C-USA) lost to UAB in the semi-finals, 64-55. The Mustangs were riding a four game win streak to finish the regular season with 20 wins for the third consecutive year, but that winning play discontinued in their next two games.

The loss marks the final game for SMU’s senior leader Brittany Gilliam, who led the Mustangs in scoring with 14.7 points per game. She scored 14 in the loss to New Mexico.

Sophomore Christine Elliot, who sat the last regular season game with an injury, earned her sixth double-double of the season with eleven points and eleven rebounds. Haley Day added 12 points and Jillian Samuels scored eleven.

The Lobos shot over 48 percent in the second half to secure the win as the Mustangs only made 35 percent of their shots in the second period. New Mexico used its hot shooting to open up a ten point lead in the first three minutes of the second half. SMU shot a near season low 28 percent for the game.

The Mustangs, who often rely on their three point shooting, finished a season worst 0-17 from behind the arc. New Mexico was knocked down eight of its 17 three-point attempts.

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

March 9, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

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.

Gilliam, Samuels Lead SMU to 71-52 Win Over Tulsa on Senior Night

March 3, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

The women’s basketball team, having secured a first-round bye in next week’s Conference USA Championship Tournament, won its 20th game of the season Wednesday with a 71-52 victory over Tulsa at Moody Coliseum.

Senior guard Brittany Gilliam led the way for SMU (20-9, 10-6 C-USA) with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, good for her fifth double-double of the year.

Junior forward Haley Day also picked up her third double-double this season with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Golden Hurricane (12-15, 6-10 C-USA) shot just 24.7 percent on field goals in the game, including 0-for-12 on three-point attempts in the second half.

Freshman guard Alisha Filmore scored a career-high 12 points and senior guard Jillian Samuels finished with 11 points and two assists in 31 minutes.

“You rely on them,” head coach Rhonda Rompola said of her two active seniors. “They have to take over, and they did.”

Senior post Alice Severin is coming back from an injury and did not play against Tulsa, though she is expected to return for the C-USA tournament.

With Severin and sophomore post Christine Elliot unable to play, Rompola turned to sophomore Heidi Brandenburg and freshman Sarah Shelton to create an inside presence.

In her first career start, Brandenburg scored nine points with five rebounds while Shelton came off the bench for eight points and eight defensive rebounds.

“They didn’t play like two players who hadn’t played much,” Rompola said. “I saw Sarah mature as a player today. She actually rebounded with an attitude today, and that was something different.”

Gilliam, Samuels and Severin were each honored before Wednesday’s game as part of SMU Senior Night activities.

Together, the seniors have compiled 82 wins during their time on the Hilltop, tying them with the class of 2000 for the most victories over a four-year span. That was also the only other class at SMU to reach 20 wins three years in a row.

“I think that just shows what we’ve done to help this program out,” Gilliam said. “We’re just winners, you know … We don’t like to lose.”

Depending on the outcomes of two conference games Thursday, the Mustangs will enter the 2010 GMC Sierra C-USA Championship in Tulsa as the second, third or fourth seed, though their first-round bye is guaranteed.

Matchups and game times will be announced on Friday.

SMU Downs Southern Miss at Moody, 81-66

February 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

The women’s basketball team earned a first-round bye in the 2010 GMC Sierra Conference USA Championship Tournament with an 81-66 victory Sunday over the University of Southern Mississippi at Moody Coliseum.

SMU (19-9, 9-6 C-USA) was led by 22 points from junior forward Haley Day and 11 rebounds from senior guard Brittany Gilliam, who also scored 19 points against the Golden Eagles (9-19, 5-10 C-USA) for her fourth double-double of the season.

The Mustangs received 15 points from senior guard Jillian Samuels, 10 from sophomore guard Samantha Mahnesmith and a career-high 11 points and six rebounds from sophomore post Heidi Brandenburg.

“We just played better team basketball,” head coach Rhonda Rompola said. “We made the extra pass a couple times, we got a couple of three [pointers] off the extra pass, and I thought it was just a good team victory.”

SMU played with a short roster as posts Christine Elliot and Alice Severin recover from injuries, and at 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-2, respectively, their presence near the basket was missed.

The Mustangs had a better shooting rate (25-for-55) than Southern Miss (22-for-68), but the Golden Eagles pulled down more rebounds and scored more points in the paint.

“We knew we had to pick it up because Chris [Elliot] puts up a lot of numbers,” Day said. “And so we knew with her hurt, everybody had to step up.”

Despite the limited roster, SMU led 42-32 at halftime and never trailed in the game.

“We’re a good team at home, and I don’t want our girls to ever forget that,” Rompola said. “It may not always be pretty, but we find ways to win at home, and that’s what good teams have to do.”

The Mustangs will try for their third consecutive 20-win season when they host Tulsa University in this year’s final regular-season game on Wednesday, and Rompola hopes for a better outcome against the Golden Hurricane than the 57-54 road loss on Feb. 18.

“Our start was really poor against Tulsa,” she said. “We just didn’t play well there, we didn’t hit our shots.”

Tip-off against the Golden Hurricane (12-13, 6-8 C-USA) is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Moody Coliseum.

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