Nov. 25, 2011
DALLAS, TX - Kristin Hernandez came off the bench to score 14 points to lead a group of four SMU players in double figures and the host Mustangs shot a blistering 52 percent from the floor Friday night, leading them to a 75-63 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the second game of the Hoops for the Cure Tournament at Moody Coliseum in Dallas.
The loss was the first of the year for the Titans (3-1 overall), who were held to just 39 percent shooting for the game. Senior Megan Richardson scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-15 from the floor and senior Lauren Chow added 11 more, moving her to within nine points of 1,000 for her career in the loss.
SMU improved to 4-1 overall with the win on a very efficient shooting night. Sabrina McKinney joined Hernandez off the bench with 12 points, helping the Mustangs reserves to a 41-15 advantage over their Fullerton counterparts. Starters Akil Simpson and Alisha Filmore added 10 points apiece in the win.
The Titans came out of the gate quickly with a 7-2 run over the first four minutes, but the advantage didn't last long as SMU exploded for a 14-2 burst over the next three minutes to build a nine-point lead it would never relinquish. Fullerton, which had trailed for a grand total of only 10 seconds this season, would close to within a point midway through the half, but another lengthy run by the Mustangs - this one an 11-0 spurt - pushed the lead back to 12 points and they eventually carried a six-point, 36-30, lead into the locker room at the break.
Richardson hit the first basket of the second half to shrink the Mustangs' lead back to four points, but SMU eventually pulled away with a 10-3 run to rebuild the lead back to double-digits and it cruised from there. The Mustangs led by as many as 21 points with 8:50 remaining in the game.
Sophomore Mya Olivier, who entered the weekend averaging 8.3 points and 12.0 rebounds per game over the first three contests of the year, was held to without a point or rebound in 15 minutes. Freshman Kathleen Iwuoha led the Titans with six rebounds to go with her eight points.
SMU outrebounded Fullerton, 38-32, despite a 14-9 advantage on the offensive end for the Titans. Fullerton forced 24 turnovers, turning those into 25 points, but committed 22 of its own for the game, leading to 20 Mustang points.
With the loss, Cal State Fullerton falls into the consolation game on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 25) at 3 p.m. PT as the Titans will take on Tennessee State. The Tigers fell to Fresno State, 83-66, in the tournament opener earlier Friday afternoon.