Feb. 22, 2013
The Last Meeting
January 31, 2013
Mustangs Extend Streak To Seven With Last-Minute Win Over Houston
DALLAS (SMU) - Keena Mays scored six points in the last 1:11, and SMU forced Houston into four turnovers in the final 45 seconds to edge out the Cougars 58-54 in Moody Coliseum Thursday night. With the win, the Mustangs improved to 15-4 overall, 6-0 in Conference USA, and stretch the win streak to seven games, tying the fifth longest streak in school history.
Fresh off of her 400th win, head coach Rhonda Rompola leads the Mustangs to Houston to battle the Cougars on Sunday at 2 p.m. SMU will then have a two-game homestand, hosting Tulane on Thursday and UTEP on March 3 in the final two games in Moody Coliseum before the renovation. The Mustangs play the final regular season game at Rice on March 7.
SCOUTING THE TEAMS
SMU: The Mustangs are to 20-5, 11-1 in C-USA, and hold a three-game lead in the conference with four games left. Keena Mays scored 29 points agaisnt Tulsa for her ninth 20-point performance in 17 games, and is averaging a league-best 20.1 points per game, shooting 43.1 percent from 3-point range. SMU leads the conference and ranks eighth in the country in 3-point percentage, 37.5, and the Mustangs are scoring 69.6 points per game, second in the conference.
HOUSTON: The Cougars are 11-14 overall, 5-7 in C-USA, and have an 8-6 record at home after dropping their last four in Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston is sixth in the league in scoring offense, 63.7 points per game, led by Porsche Landry, who is averaging 16.6 points, but the Cougars are 11th in scoring defense, allowing 65.3 points per game.
SERIES HISTORY: The Mustangs are 19-28 all-time against the Cougars after winning the first meeting this season 58-54 in Dallas to make it three straight over Houston. Alisha Filmore scored 14 points to lead three Mustangs in double-figures. SMU got its first win against the Cougars during the 1991-92 season, Rompola's first as head coach, and the Mustangs are 19-9 during her tenure. The first game between the two schools took place on Jan. 13, 1981 with Houston taking a 77-71 win in Dallas.
UP NEXT - TULANE
The Green Wave is tied for second in Conference USA at 8-4 in the league, 19-6 overall. Tulane is third in scoring offense, averaging 66.4 points per game, led by Whitney Bibbins, who is averaging 12.7 points. Danielle Blagg is second in the conference, shooting 38.8 percent from 3-point range, and averages 10.4 points. Tulane is second from behind the arc, shooting 33.2 percent.
SERIES HISTORY: The Mustangs are 13-15 all-time agaisnt the Green Wave. The two teams split the season series with each team winning its home game each of the last three seasons before SMU won in 62-56 in New Orleans in the first conference game this season. Keena Mays had 27 points, eight rebounds and five assists in her C-USA debut, and Alisha Filmore scored 11. SMU first played Tulane on Jan. 26, 1980, but the Green Wave won 72-62 in Dallas.
LAST TIME OUT - TULSA
SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola earned her 400th win with a 69-60 victory over Tulsa in Moody Coliseum Thursday night, more than any other head coach of any sport on the Hilltop. Rompola, who is the single season record holder at SMU with 683 during the 1981-82 season, has led the Mustangs to nine 20-win seasons during her 22-year career at the helm of the SMU women's basketball program as the Mustangs improved to 20-5, 11-1 in Conference USA.
Keena Mays and Alisha Filmore made sure the long-time coach accomplished the milestone in her first attempt, combining for 16 field goals in 33 attempts, including seven 3-pointers. Mays scored 29 points, going 5-for-7 from behind the arc, eclipsing 20 points for the ninth time in 17 games. Filmore scored 16 points to get within eight points of becoming the 20th 1,000-point scorer in program history.
The Mustangs received votes in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Sports Coaches' Top 25 Polls for the third straight week after stretching the win streak to 10 games and improving to 9-0 in C-USA. SMU is receiving votes for the first time since Feb. 1, 2010.
Junior transfer Keena Mays has established herself as a candidate for Conference USA Player of the Year after scoring at least 20 points in nine of her first 17 games at SMU, including a career-high 33 points against Stephen F. Austin. She scored 29 points to lead SMU to a triple-overtime win against UAB, earning her fourth C-USA Player of the Week Award, and finished with 29 at home against Tulsa. Mays is averaging 20.1 points per game, which would lead the conference and rank 17th in the NCAA if she met the 75 percent of the team's games minimum. Her 3-point percentage, 43.1, would also lead the conference and rank 12th nationally.
CHASING 1,000 POINTS
Senior Alisha Filmore has scored at least 10 points in 19 games this season, including 11 of the last 14, with a season-high 22 in the win over Harvard. She is 15th in C-USA, averaging 12.4 points per game and is sixth in the league, shooting 34.7 percent from 3-point range. She has 992 points in her career, needing to eight with four games left in the regular season to become the 20th player in program history with 1,000 career points.
TAKE IT AWAY
SMU is 47th in the country, averaging 10.8 steals per game, and is 39th in the NCAA in turnover margin, forcing opponents into 4.0 more turnovers per game. Alisha Filmore leads the team with 55 steals, and is tied for ninth in the league with 2.3 per game. Korina Baker has 43 steals, and is also 87th in the NCAA in assists/turnover ratio. Keena Mays has 42 steals, and freshman Gabrielle Wilkins has 37 steals on the season, with a C-USA record-tying 10 against SIUE.
RUNNING THE POINT
Korina Baker has a team-high 92 assists and is sixth in the league with 3.7 per game. She handed out a career-high nine assists against Montana State, and has had at least four nine times. She also scored a career-high 17 points against UCF, and has reached 10 points five times this season, averaging 5.5 points.
DOMINANT OUTSIDE THE ARC
The Mustangs lead Conference USA and are eighth in the NCAA, shooting 37.5 percent from the perimeter, making 139 of 371 3-point attempts. Korina Baker is third in C-USA, going 29-for-80 from distance, 36.3 percent. Keena Mays, who doesn't meet the minimums for rankings, is shooting 43.1 percent, which would lead the conference and rank 17th nationally. Mays has made 53 of 123 attempts in 17 games, including a career-high six against Rice. SMU is also first in C-USA and 13th in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 25.5 percent.
In conference games, the Mustangs are scoring a league-high 70.4 points. Three of SMU's starters rank in the top 20 in the league in scoring in C-USA games, averaging at least 10 points. Keena Mays leads the team with 18.3 points per game, second, and has scored at least 25 in four of the last nine games. Alisha Filmore is 15th with 12.1 per game, and Akil Simpson is 20th with 10.8. Destynee Hives-McCray is tied for 27th in the league with 9.6 points in C-USA games.
SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola has led the Mustangs to the NCAA Tournament seven times and the WNIT four times in 21 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 two regular season titles under her leadership. She has coached three All-Americans, two Conference Players of the Year, two Conference Defensive Players of the Year and 31 All-Conference selections. Rompola has also been named Coach of the Year six times during her career.
ROMPOLA CLOSING IN ON 400 WINS
SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola earned her 400th win with a 69-60 victory over Tulsa in Moody Coliseum Thursday night, more than any other head coach of any sport on the Hilltop. Rompola, who is the single season record holder at SMU with 683 during the 1981-82 season, has led the Mustangs to nine 20-win seasons during her 22-year career at the helm of the SMU women's basketball program as the Mustangs improved to 20-5, 11-1 in Conference USA. Rompola has guided the Mustangs to 12 postseason appearances, including seven trips to the NCAA Tournament.
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 22 seasons ago. Assistant coach Deneen Parker is in her 18th season with the Mustangs. The SMU staff has the second longest active tenure of any staff at one school. Danny Hughes joined the staff prior to the 2009-10 season and is in his fourth year with the program.
SMU put up 94 points against UAB in a triple-overtime win, the most since beating UT-Arlington 97-66 on Dec. 8, 2007. The Mustangs scored 88 points against Harvard, the most in regulation since Dec. 28, 2008 when they scored 92 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and have scored at least 70 in 14 games, including six of the last nine. SMU had two players eclipse 20 points in consecutive games and had multiple 20-point scorers for the third time this season in the 82-73 win at UTEP. The Mustangs are averaging 69.6 points per game, which ranks 47th in the NCAA. Keena Mays leads the league with 20.1 points per game, and Alisha Filmore is scoring 12.4 per game. Akil Simpson is averaging 10.4 per game, and the trio has each had at least 20 points in a game. Sophomore Destynee Hives-McCray became the fourth Mustang to eclipse 20, scoring a career-high 22 at Southern Miss.
THREE OF A KIND
SMU's three starting guards each have at least 25 3-point field goals, led by Keena Mays, shooting what would be a league-high 43.1 percent, 53-of-123. Korina Baker is third in the conference shooting 36.3 percent from behind the arc, making 29 of 80, and is shooting 40.7 percent in C-USA games. Senior Alisha Filmore has made 33 3-pointers, and is sixth in the league at 34.7 percent from behind the arc. As a team, the Mustangs have made at least five in 16 games, including 10 of the last 14. SMU made a season-high 10 in 16 attempts at TCU and hit 10 of 20 against Rice.
Akil Simpson has scored at least 10 points 14 times this season, including seven of the last nine, and scored a season-high 20 points at San Diego State. The junior is seventh in Conference USA, shooting 46.2 percent from the field. She leads the team averaging 8.4 rebounds, seventh in C-USA, and grabbed a career-high 17 at Memphis with 13 points for her sixth double-double of the season.
SMU has had two players score at least 20 points in the same game three times this season. Keena Mays and Akil Simpson first accomplished the feat with 26 and 20 at San Diego State. Mays and Alisha Filmore then teamed up for 25 and 22 in the next game against Harvard. Mays scored 26 and Filmore finished with 21 in an 82-73 win at UTEP.
Out of 343 NCAA Division I women's basketball teams, SMU is ranked in the top 55 in eight categories. The Mustangs are eighth in the country in 3-point field goal percentage, 37.5, and 13th in 3-point field goal defense, holding opponents to 25.5 percent. Winning 80.0 percent of its games, SMU is 27th in the country in win-lost percentage.
SMU IS DALLAS' TEAM
The new SMU marketing slogan "SMU is Dallas' Team" is a very accurate description of the women's basketball program. Since the start of the program in 1976, 72 of 105 letter winners were natives of Texas. This season, 12 of 14 players are Texas natives, and all 12 list hometowns in or around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Of the four coaches on staff, head coach Rhonda Rompola, a New Jersey native, is the only one not from Texas.
NOT EVEN CLOSE
SMU has earned 11 of its 20 wins by at least 10 points, including five by more than 20. The Mustangs are second in C-USA and 55th in the NCAA in scoring margin, out-scoring opponents by an average of 9.2 points per game. SMU leads the league, out-scoring conference opponents by 9.2 points. The Mustangs doubled up UT-Pam Am, 71-35, for the largest margin of victory, 36, since beating Memphis 93-49 on Feb. 14, 2008.