DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's basketball team dropped a 70-63 decision to the visiting Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Thursday evening at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU. With the loss, SMU falls to 12-3 overall (3-2 WAC) while Hawaii improves to 6-5 overall (2-2 WAC).
In the first half, SMU relied on three-point baskets to build up a lead to as many as eight points, but the lead was never safe as Hawaii found a way each time to hang around and not let the game out of reach. SMU shot 42.1% from the field in the first half compared to Hawaii's 34.4%, with the Mustangs clinging to a 39-31 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, SMU could not extend its lead as Hawaii patiently chipped away the lead and went ahead, 58-53, at the 8:05 mark. From that point on, SMU did not regain the lead for the remainder of the game. SMU connected on only 27% of its second-half shots while Hawaii hit 41.7% of its shots. The Mustangs were outrebounded, 50-45.
The game's top scorer was Hawaii's Jade Abele with 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Leading the Mustang scoring was freshman Janielle Dodds with 16 points and eight rebounds. Junior Kendall Shead posted her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
SMU continues its homestand with a Saturday matinee game against San Jose State (9-5, 2-2 WAC) who lost to Louisiana Tech Thursday night by the score of 66-52. Tip-off on Saturday at Moody Coliseum is 2:00 p.m.