Nov. 29, 2003
DALLAS, Texas - Michigan post player Jennifer Smith scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the first half in helping the Wolverines open up an insurmountable lead on the way to a convincing 51-68 victory over Texas-Arlington in the consolation game of the SMU Hoops For the Cure Classic.
For the first time all season, UTA got on the scoreboard first when senior LaToya Lewis knocked down a three-pointer.
The lead, however, was the only one of the game for UTA as UM went on to score the games next eight points and being to open up its lead. The Lady Mavs tried to keep the game close as Rola Ogunoye scored five straight points for UTA in trimming the lead to 15 points with 6:22 to play in the half.
That is as close as UTA would get in the half as the Wolverines continued to pound the ball inside in taking a 42-23 advantage into recess.
The second started out the same as the first in that UM kept pounding the ball inside to Smith in quickly opening up a 23-point lead.
Ogunoye then began to put the team on her back and carry them through the second half. She scored 10 of her team-high 19 points in the second half to pulling UTA to within 15 points with 2:45 left in the game, the closest they had been since the 6:22 mark of the first half.
For the game, UTA only shot .320 (17-54) while the Wolverines shot .520 (26-50).
The Lady Mavs return to action on Dec. 2 as they head down I-30 to Fort Worth to take on TCU. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.