SMU (6-2) takes on Warhawks in first game since Dec. 1
Mustangs are 5-1 at home; Game is first of four-game homestand
SMU is 5-1 this season led by senior Alisha Filmore
SMU will face either Clemson or Montana State Saturday
SMU plays fourth home game in 10 days after 3-0 start
"Having Shawna back on the Hilltop is great for our program. She has performed well at every level, from playing at SMU to working as a head coach," Rompola said. "Her knowledge and experience will make our program better, and I could not be more excited about her decision to return to her alma mater."
Lavender posted a 149-111 record overall at ACU, and led the Wildcats to seven Lone Star Conference tournament appearances and two NCAA Tournament berths. During her tenure at ACU, Lavender coached 17 All-Lone Star Conference selections, eight All-Region honorees and three All-Americans. She led the Wildcats to a 20-10 record during the 2004-05 season, the program's first 20-win season since 1999.
After graduating from SMU, Lavender attended graduate school at Abilene Christian, working as a graduate assistant for the women's basketball team. She then spent the next four seasons as an assistant before taking over as head coach prior to the 2003-04 season.
As a point guard at SMU from 1993-97, Lavender led the Mustangs to a 76-41 overall record, and scored a career-high 42 points, second most in school history, in a historic four-overtime victory over TCU during the 1996-97 season. As a senior, she led the Mustangs with 130 assists and 46 3-point field goals made. She scored 313 points, averaging 10.4 per game during her final season. She was also a team captain for two seasons.
Lavender's duties as Director of Basketball Operations will include overseeing team travel, equipment, assisting with the budget and other day-to-day operations of the program.
She is married to Mark Lavender and has one son, Austin.