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

March 10, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

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.

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 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.

Samuels, Gilliam Lead SMU to 74-64 Win

February 21, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

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

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.