SMU Rolls Over Northwestern State in Season Opener

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DALLAS (SMU) – Four Mustangs scored in double figures as the SMU women’s basketball team defeated Northwestern State, 74-36, in the 2015-16 season opener Sunday evening at Moody Coliseum. SMU shot 40 percent from three-point range, matching its season high from last season with eight made 3-pointers.

smu-14-mast-logoThe Mustangs (1-0) had nine different scorers with sophomore Stephanie Collins leading all scorers and setting a career-high with 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Sophomore Alicia Froling and junior Ashley Gibson both posted 13 points, Gibson going 5-of-7 from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from outside the arc. Freshman Dai’ja Thomas inked 12 in her first collegiate game, going 4-of-6 from the field with nine rebounds.

Under the new NCAA rules that changed the timing of the game to four, 10-minute quarters, the Mustangs found themselves with a commanding 24-4 lead at the end of the first period, holding the Lady Demons (1-1) scoreless for over seven and a half minutes to end the first.

SMU went on to outscore NSU 18-13 in the second quarter behind nine points from Froling. The Queensland, Australia, native recorded her sixth career double-double, leading all scorers with 13 points and 10 rebounds entering the break. Thomas scored eight of her 12 in the opening 20 minutes.

The Mustangs returned from the break and never looked back, draining 18 points in the third quarter, before adding another 14 in the fourth to seal the victory.

SMU out-rebounded the Lady Demons 62-37, including 22 on the offensive glass. The 62 rebounds marks the fourth highest during a game all-time in SMU history. The Mustangs forced 17 turnovers, including six blocked shots in the game.

The Mustangs continue their season-opening homestand Wednesday, Nov. 18, against rival TCU. SMU and the Horned Frogs are slated to tip off at 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.