Women's Basketball

Mustangs Host In-State Rival Stephen F. Austin

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Dec. 18, 2012

Radio: KAAM 770AM Ray Canevari (Play-by-Play)
Location: Dallas, Texas (Moody Coliseum)
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The Mustangs, 7-2 for the second time in the last five years, take on Stephen F. Austin in Moody Coliseum Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game will be the second in three days for SMU. The Mustangs conclude the three-game homestand Saturday at noon against Wichita State, and fans are being asked to wear white to the game. SMU wraps up the non-conference schedule with a pair of games at the San Diego Surf 'N Slam Classic at San Diego State on Dec. 28 and 30.

The Last Meeting
Stephen F. Austin66
December 30, 2011
Moody Coliseum
Mahnesmith Scores 17 In 66-60 Loss To Stephen F. Austin
DALLAS (SMU) - Samantha Mahnesmith was one of three Mustangs in double figures, scoring 17 points to lead SMU for the fourth time in the last five games, but it wasn't enough as Stephen F. Austin took a 66-60 victory in Moody Coliseum Friday night.

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STEPHEN F. AUSTIN: The Ladyjacks are 4-5, 1-4 in road games, coming off a 60-41 loss at Rice Sunday. The Ladyjacks have lost four of their last five games after starting 3-1. Porsha Roberts leads the team in both points, 13.1 per game, and rebounds, 7.1, and four other players are scoring at least seven points per game. Stephen F. Austin is scoring 63.9 points per game, while opponents are averaging 62.7.

COMMON OPPONENT: The Ladyjacks and Mustangs have a common opponent in Louisiana-Monroe. SFA took an 80-55 victory in the first game of the season over the team SMU defeated 76-56 in its last game.

SERIES HISTORY: The Mustangs are just 5-10 against the Ladyjacks all-time, but have won five of the last eight and three of the last four. The two teams first met on Dec. 17, 1982 in Dallas, but have played just five times in the last 12 years, with SMU going 3-2.

TIE THAT BINDS: SMU assistant Deneen Parker was a standout player at SFA, graduating in 1994. She was a two-time Kodak All-American, advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 four times, and was inducted into the SFA Hall of Fame in 2010.

The Shockers are 5-5 on the season, losing three neutral site games before winning three of their last four. Jessica Diamond leads the team with 135 points, averaging 13.5 in 10 games, and Alie Decker is averaging 13.5 points in the last two games, scoring 27 points in her first two games of the season. Wichita State is averaging 56.5 points per game as team, but the Shockers are holding the opposition to just 49.0 points per contest.

SERIES HISTORY: The Mustangs are 1-1 all-time against Wichita State, winning the first meeting 67-60 in the first round of the Bahamas Tournament on Dec. 19, 2009. The Shockers took a 63-43 victory at home on Dec. 3 last season. Christine Elliott scored her 1,000th career point in the game, leading SMU with 13 points.

Junior transfer Keena Mays scored 23 points with 11 rebounds in her first game at SMU to lead the Mustangs (7-2) to a 76-56 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Moody Coliseum Monday night. By the time the first half ended, Mays, a Mansfield Timberview graduate, was out-scoring the Warhawks 15-14. The Mustangs held the Warhawks (2-7) scoreless from the field until the 10:45 mark of the first half, giving up just two free throws in the first nine minutes to build a 20-2 lead. SMU stretched the lead to 25, taking a 39-14 lead into the locker room at halftime. Louisiana-Monroe never got within 18 points the rest of the way as SMU cruised to its fourth win in the last five games and improved to 7-1 at home.

The Mustangs started the season 7-2 for the second time in the last five years, advancing to the WNIT in 2010 after a 10-2 start...Alisha Filmore scored at least 10 points in eight of nine games this season, including 20 points against Montana State...SMU has scored at least 70 points in five games, including the last four...Six different Mustangs have been the top scorer through nine games this season...

Senior Alisha Filmore has scored at least 10 points in eight games this season, with a season-high 20 in the win over Montana State. She is 11th in C-USA, averaging 12.9 points per game. After spending most of her first two seasons on the Hilltop playing the point guard position, Filmore was second on the team in scoring last season, averaging 10.2 points per game. She scored at least 10 points in 15 of the Mustangs' 31 games, including a career-high 29 points against TAMU-CC on Dec. 18, 2011. Filmore also had 26 points against Houston. She was the leading scorer in nine games last season.

Freshman Gabrielle Wilkins is fourth on the team, averaging 7.7 points per game. She has scored at least 10 points in three games, scoring 11 points in her debut against North Texas. She finished with 12 and 13 points in the two SMU Classic games. She tied a C-USA record and set the SMU single-game record with 10 steals against SIU-Edwardsville. She has 20 steals on the season, and is sixth in C-USA and in the top 50 in the NCAA with 2.9 steals per game.

The Mustangs lead Conference USA, shooting 35.6 percent from the perimeter, making 42 of 118 3-point attempts. Kristin Askew is shooting a league-high 53.3 percent, making seven 3's in the last two games. Korina Baker is sixth in the conference, going 13-of-33 from distance for a 39.4 percent clip, and Alisha Filmore is ninth in C-USA with a 36.4 percentage. SMU also leads C-USA and is in the top 25 in the country in 3-point field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 22.9 percent behind the arc.

Playing in her first game since transferring to SMU from Kansas in Jan. 2012, junior Keena Mays scored a career-high 23 points with 11 rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. It was the second double-double of her career after scoring 12 points with 10 assists against Michigan as a freshman. Her previous career-high in points was 21 against Alabama on Dec. 4, 2011. She has scored at least 10 points 14 times in 43 games.

Keena Mays and Destynee Hives-McCray became the first tandem to post a double-double in the same game since Janielle Dodds and Sharee Shepherd accomplished the feat against UAB on Feb. 17, 2008. Mays had 23 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs, in her SMU debut, while Hives-McCray scored 11 points with 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

SMU is third in C-USA, shooting 67.3 percent from the free throw line. Destynee Hives-McCray is third in the conference making 23 of 28 attempts this season, 82.1 percent. Alisha Filmore is shooting 71.8 percent, 11th in the league, and Mallory Singleton is hitting 73.3 percent.

In the past six seasons, the SMU has had three 20-win seasons, won a Conference USA Tournament Championship, a C-USA Regular Season title, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and made two WNIT appearances.

Head coach Rhonda Rompola and associate head coach Lisa Dark have been together on the sidelines since Rompola took over the reins of the program 22 seasons ago. Assistant coach Deneen Parker is in her 18th season with the Mustangs. The SMU staff has the second longest active tenure of any staff at one school. Danny Hughes joined the staff prior to the 2009-10 season and is in his fourth year with the program.

SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola has led the Mustangs to the NCAA Tournament seven times and the WNIT four times in 21 seasons. The Mustangs have captured two conference tournament championships, winning the Western Athletic Conference tournament in 1999 and the Conference USA tournament in 2008, and two regular season titles under her leadership. She has coached three All-Americans, two Conference Players of the Year, two Conference Defensive Players of the Year and 31 All-Conference selections. Rompola has also been named Coach of the Year six times during her 21-year career.

SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola has won 387 games during her career at SMU. With 13 more wins this season, Rompola would get her ninth 20-win season and reach 400 wins in her career, something only 40 NCAA Division I coaches have accomplished in their careers. Last season, Rompola passed former SMU men's soccer head coach Schellas Hyndman for most wins by a coach at SMU with the 369th win of her career, a 47-38 victory over TCU on Nov. 17, 2011. She earned her 350th career win on Feb. 25, 2010 with a 69-61 win against UCF.

When the latest NCAA stat rankings were released Monday, the Mustangs were 23rd in the NCAA, holding opponents to 23.1 percent on 3-point shooting. SMU has allowed just 27 3-pointers through eight games. SMU is also 26th in the nation with 12.8 steals per game. SMU has swiped 19 twice, and Gabrielle Wilkins had a C-USA record-tying 10 steals against SIUE, and has 20 on the season, ranking 36th in the country with a 3.3 per game average.

Head coach Rhonda Rompola called the 2012-13 freshmen class one of best in the history of the SMU program. The class features three players from the DFW area and an All-Arkansas selection from Little Rock, Ark. Farrin Bell averages 20 points and five rebounds per game at Richardson High School. Nia Jackson scores 13 points with eight rebounds per contest at Argyle Liberty Christian High School in Keller, Texas. Gabrielle Wilkins leads Garland High School with 17 points and eight rebounds, and Lexus Williams puts up 12 points and 10 boards at North Little Rock High School. Combined with transfers Korina Baker, Brittney Hardy and Keena Mays, the seven-player class was rated as one of the top 20 classes in the country by Dan Olsen's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

Nine Mustangs have scored in double-figures 27 times over the first eight games, including two freshmen and transfers Korina Baker and Keena Mays. Freshman Farrin Bell scored 12 points in the season opener against Alcorn State, and finished with 12 in the win over North Texas. Gabrielle Wilkins also hit double-digits in her collegiate debut, earning C-USA Freshman of the Week honors after scoring 11 points with five rebounds against North Texas. Wilkins scored at least 10 in three games this season, scoring 12 and 13 in the SMU Classic. Baker scored 12 points against Texas Southern, and added 12 at TCU, making four 3-point shots. Keena Mays scored 23 in her SMU debut against Louisiana-Monroe.

Akil Simpson was named to the All-C-USA Second Team after finishing the regular season averaging 10.6 points per game, and tied for ninth in the league with 7.3 rebounds per game. She had seven double-doubles in the regular season and scored at least 20 points three times. She scored a career-high 25 points at Tulane and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds against Houston. Simpson was named to the All-Freshman Team last season. She was also selected to the C-USA All-Preseason Team this year.

The new SMU marketing slogan "SMU is Dallas' Team" is a very accurate description of the women's basketball program. Since the start of the program in 1976, 72 of 105 letter winners were natives of Texas. This season, 12 of 14 players are Texas natives, and all 12 list hometowns in or around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Of the four coaches on staff, head coach Rhonda Rompola, a New Jersey native, is the only one not from Texas.

SMU fans will have plenty of opportunities to see the Mustangs in Moody Coliseum this season. SMU has 10 of its 13 non-conference games on the Hilltop, and hosts eight of the 16 Conference USA games during the regular season. Over the last eight seasons, the Mustangs posted a 92-33 record in Moody Coliseum, and SMU is 317-194 all-time when playing at home. This season, SMU is 6-1 in Moody.



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