DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's basketball team connected on six second-half three-point field goals to put away the visiting UTEP Miners Saturday afternoon at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU. With the win, SMU improves to 19-7 overall (10-6 WAC) while the Miners fall to 11-16 overall (6-11 WAC). The win was also the 13th home victory for SMU - a program record.
In the first half, both teams struggled with their respective shooting, but SMU's defense gave UTEP grief as the Miners were held scoreless from the 11:43 mark to the 2:47 mark as the Mustangs increased its lead to 14 points (25-11). That period of time led to the Miners' downfall with a double-digit deficit. UTEP also posted 18 first-half turnovers. Despite shooting only 23.5% from the field in the first half, SMU went into halftime with a 26-18 lead.
In the second half, SMU regained its shooting touch, hitting 50% of its shots, including 6-of 10 from three-point range. UTEP shot better themselves (48.1%) from the field, but could not muster a comeback. SMU walked to the free throw line 18 times more than UTEP, connecting on 11 more free throws.
Freshmen Katy Cobb and Janielle Dodds each scored 16 points for the Mustangs while junior Sarah Davis added 11 points and eight boards. Dodds just missed out on a double-double with nine rebounds. Top scorer for UTEP was Charnette Phelps with 10 points.
SMU closes out the regular season next week with road games at Tulsa on Thursday night and at Rice next Saturday evening.