DALLAS (SMU) - It wasn't the highest scoring game by either team, but the SMU women's basketball team got a badly-needed victory Saturday afternoon over the visiting San Jose State Spartans, 58-37, at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU. With the win, SMU snaps a two-game winless streak and improves to 13-3 overall (4-2 WAC) while San Jose State drops its second straight game and falls to 9-6 overall (2-3 WAC). The SMU win also matches the entire win total of last season (13).
In the first half, the basketball rims were not kind to either team as the score remained 0-0 until the 14:59 mark when junior guard Kendall Shead connected on a three-point field goal for the game's first points. Both teams had difficulties finding the bottom of the net for a majority of the game, but SMU took advantage of San Jose State miscues off Mustang pressure and closed out the first half, with a two-point lead (19-17) - the fewest first-half points totaled by SMU this season.
In the second half, SMU slowly but effectively began to pull away from the Spartans, intensifying the defensive pressure and allowing one shot by San Jose State each time down the court. SMU eventually built up a lead to as many as 20 points (53-33) with less than five minutes remaining in the game and held on for the victory. SMU outrebounded San Jose State, 60-20.
The game's top scorer was SMU sophomore Katie Gross with 14 points while freshman guard Sharee Shepherd posted her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Mustangs did not allow any Spartan players to score in double figures. Lamisha Augustine and Anetero Uiagalelei each scored nine points. SJSU's Amber Jackson was held to five points and seven rebounds.
SMU will use the next week to prepare for Louisiana Tech (9-4, 5-0 WAC) who holds first-place in the WAC standings. The Lady Techsters visit Moody Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 2:00 p.m.