Elliott’s 18 lead Southern Methodist past Loyola Marymount
DALLAS â€“ Christine Elliott dominated in a lopsided contest in Southern Methodistâ€™s first game of the season. The reigning Conference USA champions never trailed in the 78-58 victory over Loyola Marymount on SMUâ€™s home court in Dallas at Moody Coliseum.
While SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola said that Elliot â€œis going to be double and triple teamed,â€ the 6â€™3â€ sophomore also managed to grab six rebounds.
â€œShe is our go to player inside,â€ said Rompola. â€œWe have to find ways to isolate her because she finishes around the hoop.â€
The Mustangs overwhelmed the Lions opening the first half with a 26-5 run. LMU started slowly and never recovered. At the half SMU had a 45-21 lead.
Rompola went to the bench often in the second half giving starters Elliot and Alice Severin a break.
â€œWe were able to get Christine and Alice rest in the second half,â€ said Rompola â€œand it gave us a chance to play Heidi [Brandenburg] and Sarah [Shelton] which was good.â€
Renahy Young led LMU with 14. Candice Nichols had 11 and Jenna Sybesma added 8.
Next up for SMU is a Wednesday game when they host the University of Arkansas at 7 p.m. CT.
LMU heads back to southern California to complete their season-opening two-game road trip on Monday night at Long Beach State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.