Springfield, Mo. - The SMU women's basketball team saw its season come to an abrupt end Thursday night with a 83-56 loss at Southwest Missouri State in first-round action of the Sportsview.tv WNIT before an enthusiastic crowd of 4,674 fans in Springfield, Mo. SMU closes out the 2004-05 campaign with a record of 19-11 while SMS continues its postseason with a record of 21-8.
The SMS Lady Bears put on a three-point shooting clinic, hitting 12 treys in the contest with nine of those threes taking place in the first half. The Lady Bears went on a 16-0 run midway through the first half, giving the Mustangs a nearly impossible task for the remainder of the game. SMU found itself down by 21 at the intermission, 43-22. SMS shot 43.8% from the field (including 64.3% from three-point range) in the first half compared to SMU's 38.5% shooting.
In the second half, it was more hot shooting by SMS. The Lady Bears went 14-of-25 from the field (56%) while SMU cooled to 32.4% from the field. SMU's defense could not stop the Lady Bears.
The game's leading scorer was SMS' Jenni Lingor with 23 points. Kari Koch added 19 points for the Lady Bears. SMU's top scorer was freshman guard Katy Cobb with 13 points. Junior Sarah Davis added 11 points for the Mustangs.