DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's basketball team made it look easy Wednesday night with an 80-36 win over visiting San Diego State at Moody Coliseum. With the win, SMU goes into the Christmas break with a 9-1 record - a program-best mark. San Diego State falls to 3-5 on the season. The game also marked the fifth straight game in which SMU has held an opponent to under 50 points.
Right from the opening whistle, SMU ran its offense to near perfection, utilizing the high-low game. The Mustangs held an eight-point lead with five minutes into the game and never looked back. SMU forced 13 SDSU turnovers in the first half, scoring 12 points off of those turnovers. The Mustangs went into intermission with a 40-18 lead - the second time this season SMU has scored 40 or more points in the first half.
In the second half, it was all SMU with SMU extending its lead to as many as 44 points - its largest game lead this season - with the score reading 78-34 with just under two minutes to play. In fact, SMU's winning margin of 44 points tied the mark for the largest winning margin by an SMU women's basketball team at Moody Coliseum - the previous mark was set on Jan. 30, 1997, when SMU defeated Tulsa by the score of 97-53. SMU outrebounded the Aztecs, 58-28.
SMU sophomore Katie Gross had a career night with 26 points (in 25 minutes of play), hitting 6-of-7 from three-point range and collecting six steals. Teammate Janielle Dodds posted her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Sharee Shepherd also put in a stellar performance with a career-high 11 rebounds and three blocks. Top scorer for San Diego State was Lindsey Casey with 11 points.
SMU opens Western Athletic Conference play on Thursday, Dec. 30, when Rice visits Moody Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.