Jan. 23, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 24, 2013
Filmore Becomes 20th Player To Score 1,000 Points At SMU
HOUSTON (SMU) - Senior Alisha Filmore scored nine points to become the 20th player in SMU history with 1,000 career points, and Keena Mays finished with 15 points, but Houston matched its season high with eight 3-pointers to take a 65-58 win in Hofheinz pavilion Sunday.
The Mustangs conclude a stretch of three out of four games on the road Saturday at Houston at 2 p.m. on the American Digital Network. SMU is 11-7 overall, while the Cougars are 4-14, and have lost seven straight in conference play. Keena Mays
continues to lead the league in scoring, averaging 19.5 after a 20-point performance against No. 5 Louisville. Akil Simpson
is third in the league, shooting 56.8 percent from the field, and ninth in points, 13.6 per game.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - HOUSTON
The Cougars are 4-14 overall, 0-7 in the American Athletic Conference, and have lost 10 of their last 11 games. Te'onna Campbell leads the team with 10.1 points per game, and is second with 7.1 rebounds. Yasmeen Thompson grabs a team-high 7.8 rebounds, and Marche' Amerson scores 9.1 per contest. Houston is getting out-scored by opponents 65.1-56.1, ranking last in the league in scoring offense.
Series History: The Mustangs are 19-29 all-time against Houston, but are 19-10 since Rhonda Rompola took over the helm in 1991. SMU has won three of the last four, but split the season series last year, winning 58-54 at home before falling 65-58 in Houston. The American is the third different conference the two schools have both been members of together (Southwest Conference and C-USA).
LAST TIME OUT - NO. 5 LOUISVILLE
The SMU Mustangs led at halftime against the fifth-ranked Louisville Cardinals, 35-33, but Louisville pulled away in the second half, defeating SMU 81-66 at Moody Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
Keena Mays finished with 20 points, recording her second consecutive 20-plus scoring effort and ninth of the season. She also totaled six rebounds, five assists and four steals, leading SMU in each category. Korina Baker finished with a season-high 14 points with four three-pointers, while Kiara Perry added 12 points with five rebounds to score in double-digits for the fourth straight game. Akil Simpson scored eight points, and Mallory Singleton added nine points with seven rebounds.
UP NEXT - CINCINNATI
The Mustangs host Cincinnati on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Bearcats are making the trip to Moody Coliseum for the first time after SMU won the first meeting of the season 54-43 on New Year's Day. Cincinnati is 8-10 overall, 1-6 in The American, with a 59-50 win at Houston. Dayeesh Hollins leads the team with 13.3 points per game, and Jeanise Randolph is nearly averaging a double-double with 12.0 points and a team-high 9.1 rebounds per game, fourth in the league.
Series History: The Mustangs are 1-1 all-time against the Bearcats, winning at Cincinnati 54-43 on Jan. 1 behind double-digit point performances by Keena Mays and Akil Simpson. Cincinnati won the first meeting of the series 61-53 in the first round of its home tournament on Nov. 23, 1979.
Rhonda Rompola has led the Mustangs against 36 different conference opponents during her time as head coach. The American Athletic Conference is the fourth the SMU women's basketball team has been a member of, competing in the Southwest Conference (8 opponents) until joining the Western Athletic Conference (18 opponents, 16 new) prior to the 1996-97 season. The Mustangs became members of Conference USA (11 opponents, 7 new) in 2005-06. The Mustangs have played conference games in 21 different states, as far west as Hawaii and as far north as Idaho. By the end of this season, SMU will add one more schools and one states to its list of conference opponents.
LEADING THE LEAGUE
Keena Mays leads the American Athletic Conference and ranks 45th in the NCAA with 19.5 points per game, and is one of only two players in the conference with multiple Player of the Week awards, earning her third on Dec. 9 after scoring a career-high 34 points in a five-point loss at UTEP, and broke 30 for the second straight game with 32 at North Texas. She has eclipsed 20 nine times this season, and also ranks among the league's leaders in assists (6th-3.9/game), steals (5th-2.1/game), and three-point percentage (6th-34.2 percent).
SIMPSON IS A STAR
Akil Simpson is one of two Mustangs with at least 10 points in 16 of the first 18 games, including a season-high 22 against Memphis. The senior posted her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds at Rutgers, and has 22 during her career, recording nine as a sophomore. She scored 11 points against No. 3/4 Tennessee and had 14 at No. 7/7 Louisville. Simpson leads the team, is third in the conference and ranks 26th in the NCAA, shooting 56.8 percent from the field. She is averaging 13.6 points, ninth in The American, with 7.9 rebounds, ranking eighth in the conference.
BATTLING THE BEST
The Mustangs played their third game against a ranked opponent this season (Tennessee and Louisville twice), and have two game on the schedule against No. 1 Connecticut. SMU played five ranked opponents during the 2003-04 season, but just two games against a team ranked in the top 10 at the time of the game. This season, all five opponents are currently in the top 10.
REACHING A MILESTONE
Akil Simpson made the reopening of Moody Coliseum on Jan. 4 against USF a day that will live forever, becoming the 21st player to score 1,000 points during a career at SMU. The senior entered the game needing seven points to reach the milestone, and finished with 12 points, reaching double digits for the seventh straight game.
GRAND AND A-MAYS-ING
Keena Mays scored the 1,000th point of her career at Cincinnati. The senior guard scored 331 points in 42 games at Kansas before transferring to SMU. In 41 games on the Hilltop, Mays has scored 755 points. She would need to average 20 points for the rest of the season to get to 1,000 points at SMU.
A LITTLE EXTRA
The Mustangs have played three overtime games this season for the first time during the regular season, and matching the most overtime games in a season. SMU played two regular-season overtime games during the 1997-98 and 2003-04 seasons, and had an overtime contest in both conference tournaments during those seasons. SMU is 3-0 in overtime games for the first time in program history, beating TCU and North Texas in overtime and Memphis in double overtime. The Mustangs have never played more than four overtime periods in a season, something they have done four times (1989-90, 1996-97, 2010-11, 2013-14), despite playing four overtimes in one game at TCU in a 127-125 win on Jan. 25, 1997.
GET THE BALL
The Mustangs have forced 323 turnovers on the season, and are averaging 18.9 points off turnovers per game, five more than opponents. SMU ranks fourth in the conference with a +2.17 turnover margin. SMU has 141 steals this season, averaging 7.8 per game. Five players have at least 15 steals, led by Keena Mays' 37.
PASSING THE ROCK
The Mustangs have recorded 287 assists on 458 field goals this season, ranking fourth in The American with 15.9 assists per game. SMU is fourth in the league with a 1.0 assist/turnover margin. Keena Mays leads the team with 71 assists, including a season-high eight at Eastern Washington and again at SFA, and ranks sixth in the league with 3.9 per game. Korina Baker has 61 assists, ranking 11th with 3.4 per game. Freshman Kiara Perry has 39, and forward Mallory Singleton has 31 with a career-high seven against Southeastern Louisiana.
MOODY GETS A FACELIFT
The $47 million renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum, which opened in December 1956, will be completed in December, and the Mustangs will host all conference games on campus. The renovated Moody Coliseum will provide many new and improved features, including a renovated main entry lobby, expanded concourses with raised ceilings, club seats, loge boxes, private suites, group suites, new event space, offices, team locker rooms and meeting space. SMU will play its first basketball games with a men's and women's doubleheader on Jan. 4. The women will play USF at 3:30 in ESPN3.
NEW HEIGHTS IN BROADCAST COVERAGE
For the first time in program history, SMU women's basketball fans will have the opportunity to watch all 29 regular-season games live this season. The Mustangs will have two games on ESPNU this season, Dec. 29 at Louisville, and again when SMU hosts the Cardinals on Jan. 19 in the newly-renovated Moody Coliseum. ESPN will broadcast two games live on its digital channel, ESPN3, including the first game of the season in Moody Coliseum, a Jan. 4 matchup against USF. The Memphis game on Feb. 22 in the FedEx Forum will also be on ESPN3. SportsNet New York will carry both games against Connecticut. SMU will also play seven games on the American Digital Network, and the other eight home games will air on PonyUp TV.
Head coach Rhonda Rompola and associate head coach Lisa Dark have been together on the sidelines since Rompola took over the reins of the program 23 seasons ago. Assistant coach Deneen Parker is in her 19th season with the Mustangs. The SMU staff has the second longest active tenure of any staff at one school. Danny Hughes is in his fifth year with the program.
Rhonda Rompola has led the Mustangs to the NCAA Tournament seven times and the WNIT five times in 22 seasons. The Mustangs have captured two conference tournament championships, winning the Western Athletic Conference tournament in 1999 and the C-USA tournament in 2008, and three regular season titles under her leadership. She has coached three All-Americans, three Conference Players of the Year, two Conference Defensive Players of the Year and 34 All-Conference selections. Rompola has also earned six Coach of the Year honors during her career.