Denver, Colo. - The SMU women's basketball team claimed the Wells Fargo Classic championship title with a 60-42 victory over host Denver Sunday afternoon at Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver. With the win, SMU improves to 8-1 on the season while the Pioneers fall to 3-7 on the year. The win was SMU's fourth consecutive victory, matching a season-high mark. It was also the fourth consecutive game in which SMU has held its opponents to under 50 points.
In the first half, SMU applied smothering pressure defense which took Denver out of its comfort zone. The Mustangs created 10 Denver turnovers and scored 10 points off of those turnovers. Neither team shot very well in the first half (SMU - 24.1%; Denver - 35.1%), but SMU capitalized on Pioneer missed shots and grabbed 25 first-half rebounds. SMU held Denver scoreless in the final 6:03 of the first half. SMU went into intermission with a 27-17 lead.
In the second half, SMU methodically extended its lead and didn't look back. SMU's Kendall Shead posted 15 second-half points to ignite the Mustang offense. SMU posted a season-low six turnovers and also collected 10 steals.
The game's high scorer was Shead with a season-high 18 points. Post Janielle Dodds just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. For her efforts, Dodds was named MVP of the Wells Fargo Classic, joining Shead on the All-Classic team. Besides Shead and Dodds, the Wells Fargo Classic All-Tournament team consists of Denver's Venice Adams, UTSA's Richelle Parks, and UTM's Danielle Page.
SMU closes out the non-conference portion of the 2004-05 season with a home game Wednesday night against San Diego State at 7:00 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.