Rhonda Rompola retiring after 35 seasons with SMU women

DALLAS (AP) SMU coach Rhonda Rompola is retiring after 35 seasons in the program, the last 25 as head coach for the Mustangs.

Rompola announced her decision Monday. The Mustangs (12-14) have three regular-season games left, including her final home game Saturday against Houston after Wednesday's game at No. 1 UConn.

The 55-year-old Rompola has been part of 35 of the 40 seasons SMU has had women's basketball, getting to the Hilltop after transferring from Old Dominion. Rompola played one season (1981-82), helped the coaches for a year while finishing school and then was an assistant for eight seasons before becoming head coach in 1991.

Rompola has a 438-314 record as head coach, including seven NCAA Tournament berths. The last was 2008, when the Mustangs had a program-record 24 wins.

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