Denver, Colo. - The SMU women's basketball team overcame a slow start in the first half to overtake the UTSA Roadrunners and earn its seventh victory of the season Saturday afternoon in game one of the DU Wells Fargo Classic at Magness Arena in Denver. With the win, SMU improves to 7-1 on the season while the Roadrunners fall to 3-5 on the year.
It took nearly the entire first half for the Mustangs to get into a rhythm and run its game plan. The Mustangs posted 11 turnovers in the first half which luckily led to only five UTSA points. At the 4:59 mark, SMU was down by seven points (24-17), but the Mustangs chipped away at the lead and went into halftime with a 29-24 lead.
In the second half, SMU took advantage of strong post position play by freshman Janielle Dodds and junior Sarah Davis, scoring 20 points in the paint. SMU outrebounded the Roadrunners with a season-high 55 boards.
Dodds scored 12 second-half points and recorded a career-high 23 points to lead all scorers. She added 11 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double (and fourth of the season). Davis also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Mustangs will play in the DU Wells Fargo Classic championship game Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. CT against host Denver (3-6) who defeated Tennessee-Martin by the score of 64-41. The game will be broadcast live on KKGM Radio (1630 AM).