DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's basketball team struggled from the field but a 12-4 late second-half run solidified the 64-55 victory for SMU over visiting Nevada Thursday evening at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU. With the win, SMU improves to 16-4 overall (7-3 WAC) while Nevada drops its sixth straight game and falls to 5-15 overall (1-9 WAC).
Each team had its difficulties shooting from the outside but found easy baskets in the paint. SMU would build up a lead - only to see Nevada chip away at it and tie the game at 10-10 at the 12:25 mark in the first half. But SMU extended its lead to as many as 11 points (24-13) with 6:59 left in the half. Once again, SMU's defense let up as Nevada outscored SMU, 9-0 in the next two minutes. Three-pointers by Sarah Davis and Sharee Shepherd gave SMU more of a cushion but a Mustang foul as the half expired cut SMU's lead to three, 33-30, at intermission.
In the second half, SMU kept Nevada at arm's length and did not relinquish the lead, but the Wolf Pack worked hard and did not let the game get away from it. Still struggling to find consistent shooting, SMU relied on Nevada misses and transition buckets to hold off the Wolf Pack. As Nevada cut the lead to one point (52-51) with 5:32 remaining, the Mustangs' Janielle Dodds scored the next five SMU points as the Mustangs went on for their 11th home win of the season.
The game's top scorer was SMU junior Sarah Davis with a season-high 19 points, adding eight rebounds and three blocks. Freshman Janielle Dodds scored 14 points and also grabbed eight boards. Junior guard Kendall Shead hauled in 13 rebounds and added seven assists. The Wolf Pack's leading scorer was freshman Meghan McGuire with 16 points and six rebounds.
SMU continues its brief homestand with a contest vs. Fresno State (12-7, 4-6 WAC) Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Moody Coliseum. The Bulldogs are coming off an 86-76 loss at Louisiana Tech Thursday night.