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SMU Women Fall In First Round of WNIT

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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.

Women’s Basketball Earns Postseason Bid

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By Nate Regan

One week after a disappointing 64-55 loss to the University of Alabama-Birmingham in the Conference USA Championship tournament, SMU will have another shot to advance Wednesday against the University of New Mexico in the first round of the 2010 Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

The Mustangs (20-10, 10-6 C-USA) have won two of the previous three games against the Lobos (18-12, 9-7 Mountain West Conference), including a 53-45 victory over New Mexico in the 1999 Western Athletic Conference Championship tournament.

This marks the third consecutive postseason appearance for the Mustangs, who lost to Notre Dame in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and fell short against Louisiana Tech in last year’s WNIT.

“It’s important to establish a mentality that you feel like we should be in the postseason at the end of the year,” head coach Rhonda Rompola said in The Dallas Morning News.

Tipoff against the Lobos is set for 8 p.m. Wednesday at University Arena in Albuquerque, N.M.

The winner will then move on to Eugene, Ore. to face the winner of Thursday’s game between the Oregon Ducks and Eastern Washington University Eagles.

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