DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's basketball team dropped a 70-62 decision to visiting Fresno State Saturday afternoon at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU. The loss snaps SMU's three-game winning streak as the Mustangs fall to 16-5 overall (7-4 WAC) while Fresno State improves to 13-7 overall (5-6 WAC).
SMU quickly jumped out to an 8-2 lead early into the game but Fresno State extended its defensive pressure and had strong rebounding presence, allowing very few Mustang offensive boards on missed shots. Fresno State tied the game, 16-16, with 9:49 remaining in the first half and took the lead 45 seconds later - a lead the Bulldogs would not relinquish for the remainder of the contest. SMU shot only 26.9% from the field while Fresno State hit 41.9% of its shots in the first half. The Mustangs were down by two, 29-27, at intermission.
In the second half, SMU improved its shooting (43.3%) but so did Fresno State (56%). The Mustangs turned the ball over 14 times in the second half as the Bulldogs scored 15 points off those turnovers. SMU did not give up, chipping the lead down to as few as two points on several occasions, but Mustang defensive breakdowns and turnovers allowed Fresno State to build the lead back up.
For the game, SMU posted a season-low 28 rebounds and a season-high 28 turnovers. Top scorer for the Mustangs was freshman post Janielle Dodds with 14 points, five rebounds, and two blocks. Junior Kendall Shead added 13 points while Katie Gross went 4-of-8 from three-point range and finished with 12 points. The game's leading scorer was Fresno State's Amy Parrish with 22 points.
SMU embarks on a two-game road swing next week with games at San Jose State (Thursday, 9:00 p.m. CT) and at Hawaii (Saturday, 11:00 p.m. CT).