The Daily Update: Monday, April 4

April 4, 2011 by · Comments Off 

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SMU Women’s Basketball Completes Season Sweep of Tulsa

February 14, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Mia Castillo
mcastillo@smu.edu

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 Claims Victory over UTEP

January 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Mia Castillo
mcastillo@smu.edu

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.

SMU Women’s Basketball Takes On North Texas Tonight

December 7, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan
kryan@smu.edu

The SMU women’s basketball team is set to host North Texas tonight at 7 p.m in Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs are 27-15 all-time against North Texas.

Look out for SMU senior Delisha Willis and North Texas’ Jasmine Godbolt and Dentra Kellum on the court as big scoring threats.

Tonight’s game is $1 hot dog night. As well, American Airlines is giving away one voucher for air travel in the U.S. during a half-time contest.

For live stats and streaming during the game, visit SMUMustangs.com.

Gilliam Receives Contract from WNBA Team

April 26, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

Following a two-day open tryout, former SMU standout Brittany Gilliam received a training camp contract from the Tulsa Shock of the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Gilliam was one of five players invited to training camp out of 30 participants at the tryout last week in Tulsa, Okla.

As a senior, Gilliam led the Mustangs with 14.7 points per game and placed third in Conference USA with an average of 5.0 assists per game.

She also recorded a team-high five double-doubles and scored 20 or more points six times during the 2009-10 season.

Gilliam will begin training camp with the Shock on Sunday at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

VIDEO: Full Court Press – Women’s Basketball Falls in WNIT

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Women’s Basketball Earns Postseason Bid

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By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

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.

VIDEO: Full Court Press – Women Defeat Southern Miss 81-66

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SMU Downs Southern Miss at Moody, 81-66

February 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

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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