San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State's Lamisha Augustine hit a soft jumper in the paint with 2.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Spartans a 63-62 victory over the visiting SMU women’s basketball team Thursday night in San Jose. The loss, SMU's second straight loss, gives SMU a record of 16-6 (7-5 WAC) while the Spartans capture their sixth straight victory and now post a 15-6 record (8-3 WAC).
In the first half, SMU came out smoking, building up a lead to as many as 10 points (12-2) in the first five minutes of the game. The Spartans posted a number of turnovers early. Junior Sarah Davis shot 6-of-13 from the field in the first half with 14 points. Despite outrebounding San Jose State, 28-18, the Mustangs went into the intermission with a slim 27-26 lead. SMU shot only 31.4% from the field while the Spartans hit 41.4% of their shots.
In the second half, SMU battled back after San Jose State extended its lead to 13 points, 54-41, with 6:23 remaining in the game. The Mustangs went on a 10-0 run during the next four minutes, cutting the lead to three points. SMU got clutch baskets from Kendall Shead, Katie Gross, and Katy Cobb to knot the game at 58-58, forcing the game into overtime.
The Mustangs took the lead and held the lead until the final seconds of the game. Erica McGlaston stole the SMU possession and dished to Augustine who hit the game winner with 2.9 seconds remaining.
SMU struggled from the field as well from the free throw line, hitting 30.3% and 50%, respectively. SMU, though, outrebounded the Spartans, 57-40.
SMU's Sarah Davis matched her career high with 24 points and added a season-high 14 rebounds. Kendall Shead posted a season-high 14 rebounds,six assists and seven points. Janielle Dodds added 10 points and six boards for SMU. Augustine topped the Spartan scoring with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Amber Jackson recorded 17 points and 14 rebounds.
SMU's task doesn't get any easier with a contest at Hawaii Saturday evening. Tip-off is slated for 11:00 p.m. CT.