Honolulu, Hawaii - Despite four players sick with the stomach flu, the SMU women's basketball team pulled out a gutsy 52-50 victory over Hawaii Saturday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. In addition to snapping a two-game losing streak, it was the first-ever Mustang win on the Island and lifts SMU to an overall record of 17-6 and 8-5 in the WAC while Hawaii falls to 9-10 overall (5-7 WAC).
In the first half, Hawaii zoomed to a quick six-point lead (8-2) at the 15:33 mark. SMU then went on an 8-0 run to take the lead, 10-8, at the 11:51 mark. SMU steadily extended its lead and went into intermission with a 27-18 lead. SMU posted 27 first-half rebounds (including 12 offensive boards) and shot only 25% from the field. Hawaii didn't fare any better in shooting, hitting only 24% of its first-half shots. SMU capitalized on nine Rainbow Wahine turnovers with 11 points.
In the second half, Hawaii's defense and rebounding improved, but SMU maintained its composure and kept the lead at bay until Hawaii went on a 6-0 run midway through the half, tying the game at 39-39. Sarah Davis and Janielle Dodds combined for SMU's next nine points, but the Rainbow Wahine did not give up the fight, knotting the game at 50-50 with 1:19 remaining. Kendall Shead's jumper with 1:02 remaining proved to be the game winner as the Mustangs tightened up their defense for the final Hawaii possession, came away with the rebound and ultimately the win.
SMU shot a season-low 28.8% from the field and went 3-of-12 from three-point range. The last time SMU shot under 30% and still came out with a victory took place on Dec. 28, 2003, when the Mustangs shot 28.6% from the field and still defeated Maine by the score of 44-43 at Maine. SMU's 52 points was also the fewest scored by SMU in a game this season. On the flip side, SMU shot a season-high 93.8% from the free throw line - the second-best percentage in the Mustang record book for a single game.
The game's high scorer was Janielle Dodds with 18 points and 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the year. Sarah Davis added 12 points and six rebounds. Leading the Rainbow Wahine was Milia Macfarlane with 15 points. Amy Sanders added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Mustangs conclude their three-game road swing with a contest at Louisiana Tech (15-6, 11-2 WAC) next Saturday in Ruston. Tip-off is slated for 3:00 p.m.