Tenth straight win
Women’s basketball stampede over Marshall 67-50
Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 11:02
Sporting their pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness day at Moody Coliseum, the Lady Mustangs extended their win-streak to ten games, beating Marshall 67-50.
Following a thrilling 3OT-win against UAB on Thursday, the Mustangs (18-4, 9-0 C-USA) pulled away in the second half of Sunday’s game against Marshall, helping them remain undefeated in Conference USA.
Keena Mays, in front of the third-largest crowd of the season, led the way for SMU scoring 17 points while dishing out five assists and pulling down five rebounds.
Akil Simpson also had another big game, recording her fifth double-double of the year, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Neither team played a stellar first 20 minutes. The Mustangs shot 39 percent from the field while Marshall shot a mere 29 percent in the first half.
Mays, however, was the lone bright spot for the Mustangs, scoring 13 of her 17 points on 5-8 shooting from the field in the first half.
Marshall (7-15, 1-8 C-USA) hung tough with the Mustangs for the first ten minutes of the half, mostly trading shots. After that however, the Mustangs closed out the first 20 minutes on an 18-10 run to give them an eight-point lead going into halftime.
Marshall came out of the gates fast in the second half scoring eight of the first ten points to cut the Mustangs’ lead down to 33-31.
The Mustangs did not quit though. SMU held the Thundering Herd to just five points over the next ten minutes to take a commanding 60-36 lead. That run also included a 13-0 streak by the Mustangs, spanning nearly four minutes.
SMU finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field, including seven of 16 from 3-point range. The Mustangs had 16 assists on their 24 made shots.
Marshall made just four of their 22 attempts from three-point range and shot 29 percent from the field for the entire game. The Thundering Herd also only shot 50 percent from the free throw line.
The Mustangs were able to force the Thundering Herd into 15 turnovers, which led to 18 points. Marshall also became the seventh team that SMU has held to 50 or fewer points for the season.
The Mustangs will have a couple of days off before heading to East Carolina to kick off a quick two-game road trip at 6 p.m. Thursday.