Coach Rompola notches 400th victory
Published: Friday, February 22, 2013
Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013 00:02
With a 69-60 win over Tulsa Thursday night, SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola joins 45 other Division 1 coaches with 400 career wins.
The Mustangs claimed their 20th win of the season (20-5)are now 11-1 in Conference-USA play, marking the fifth time in eight seasons they have had 10 wins or more.
Keena Mays along with Alisha Filmore paced the Mustang offense combining for 45 of the Mustangs’ total points.
Tulsa’s Ashley Clark scored a-team-high 20 points and added four rebound and two assists in 35 minutes of play. Clarks play in the final minutes kept the score close and forced SMU to make plays.
In the second half Tulsa tied the game at 51-51 before four-time C-USA Player of the week Mays hit two consecutive three pointers.
After Tulsa tied the game, Mays scored 13 of her second half points in the final eight minutes. Filmore and Mays finished with 29 points six rebounds five assists, three steals,and one block. Filmore added 16 points three assists, and three steals on the night — she now needs only eight points to become the 20th 1,000-point scorer in SMU history. She has scored at least ten points in 19 games this season.
The only sad thing about the Mustangs performance is that it was in front of a paltry crowd of 556 at Moody Coliseum.
Up next for SMU are the Houston Cougars. The ladies will look to make it three straight against the Cougars. Houston is led by Porsche Landry who is averaging 16.8 points. The Cougars are sixth in the league in scoring offense and but are 11th in scoring defense.
However, the Mustangs are second in C-USA and 52nd in the NCAA in scoring margin and leads the league in out-scoring conference opponents with an average of 9.2 points.
SMU will hope to win C-USA within the coming week.