Tulsa, Okla. - The SMU women's basketball team fell behind to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane early and could not make up a significant deficit, falling at Tulsa by the score of 90-67 Thursday night at the Reynolds Center. The loss gives SMU a 19-8 overall record (10-7 WAC) while Tulsa improves to 18-9 overall (10-7 WAC). The loss also gives SMU and Tulsa a tie for third place in the WAC standings.
SMU knew it was going to be a long game when the Golden Hurricane quickly jumped out to a 7-0 lead with less than two minutes into the game. Halfway through the first half, SMU was down by double digits and it got worse as the game progressed. Tulsa connected on seven three-point field goals in the first half, shooting 51.5% from the field compared to the Mustangs' 27.5% shooting. One bright spot was freshman Janielle Dodds' 14 points and nine boards she totaled in the first 20 minutes of the game. At the half, SMU found itself down by the score of 43-27. It was the most first-half points SMU has allowed a WAC opponent this season.
In the second half, it was more of the same. Tulsa came out smoking, hitting nine of its first 13 shots and extending its lead to over 20 points. The Golden Hurricane capitalized on transition scoring while SMU struggled to find its shot. Tulsa hit a sizzling 58.1% from the field in the second half.
Dodds finished the game with 17 points and 11 boards for her 11th double-double of the season. Freshman guard Katy Cobb added 11 points while Sharee Shepherd and Shonte Roberts each posted 10 points. For Tulsa, Jillian Robbins came on strong in the second half and finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Teammate Megan Moody tallied 22 points.
For SMU, the task at hand is even tougher with third place in the WAC standings on the line. The Mustangs travel to Houston to face Rice (20-8, 13-4) Saturday evening. The Lady Owls picked off first-place Louisiana Tech Thursday night by the score of 83-69. Rice needs the win for a shot at first place. Saturday's game tips off at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on KFCD-Radio (990AM).