DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's basketball team shot over 50% from the field with five players scoring double figures enroute to a 99-77 victory over Mercer Friday evening in day one of the SMU Hoops for the Cure Classic at Moody Coliseum. In the day's first game, Ole Miss defeated McNeese State by the score of 74-62. Saturday's contests will feature Mercer (1-2) vs. McNeese State (0-3) at 5:00 p.m. in the consolation game followed by the championship game featuring Ole Miss (2-1) vs. SMU (3-0) at approximately 7:00 p.m.
As done in the previous two wins, SMU created offense off its defense. It took about five minutes into the game before the Mustangs began to take control and pull away from the Bears. In fact, SMU went on a 12-0 run in a four-minute span midway through the first half, building a lead to as many as 20 points (44-24) at the 3:26 mark. In the second half, SMU's shooting remained hot, hitting 50% of its shots. The Mustangs extended its lead to 27 points (66-39 with 15:06 remaining). But credit the Bears who hit 60% of their second-half shots and kept hanging around, keeping SMU on its toes. Five SMU players scored in double figures led by senior forward Shonte Roberts with 21 points, going 9-of-15 from the field, and added seven rebounds. Freshman Katy Cobb poured in 16 points with Katie Gross saw her first action of the season with 15 points. Both Joslyn Greenard and Kendall Shead added 13 points each. Leading scorer for Mercer was Sarah Russell with 15 points.
Ole Miss found itself down by as many as 12 points in the first half to McNeese State, but the Lady rebels tightened up their defense and chipped away at the lead, tying the game at 31-31 at halftime. In the second half, Ole Miss took its first lead less than one minute into the second half and never relinquished it, building up a lead to 16 points with four minutes remaining. Lady Rebel Amber Watts posted 23 points and 13 rebounds while Armintie Price and Ashley Awkward each scored 13 points. Top scorer for McNeese State was Courtney Colmer with 19 points and four steals.