SMU tops MU women
DALLAS -- Kansas transfer Keena Mays connected on four three-pointers on the way to a 17-point effort to lead SMU to a 67-50 win over Marshall in women's Conference USA basketball Sunday at Moody Coliseum.
Mays also grabbed five rebounds and had five assists for the league-leading Mustangs (18-4, 9-0 C-USA), who extended their winning streak to 10. That's the second longest streak in school history. They have received votes in the Associated Press and USA Today polls.
Sunday's game was part of the Play4Kay initiative for breast cancer awareness.
Akil Simpson added 15 points and 11 rebounds for SMU for a double-double. SMU averages 70.6 points a game, No. 1 in C-USA.
Chukwuka Ezeigbo and Suporia Dickens finished with 12 points each for the Thundering Herd (7-15, 1-8 C-USA). Erica Woods added 10 points. Dickens grabbed 11 rebounds to get her first career double-double.
Marshall again struggled on offense. The Herd shot 29.7 percent from the floor (19-of-64), 18.2 percent from behind the arc (4-of-22) and 50 percent at the foul line (8-of-16). The Herd won the rebound battle, 46-41, its second-best total of the season.
SMU held a 31-23 lead at halftime. Five minutes into the second half, Marshall cut the lead to 33-31. Then the Mustangs responded with an 11-2 run to extend the lead to 44-33 with 12 minutes left. The Herd then managed just three points over a seven-minute stretch and SMU expanded its lead to 60-36.
The Mustangs now lead the all-time series 9-1.
Marshall will return to action Thursday at home against UTEP. Game time is 7 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center.