Mustangs crash against the Green Wave of Tulane
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 00:03
The Lady Mustangs (20-7, 11-3 C-USA) looked like they were going to get back to their winning ways but let a late lead slip away and lost for the second straight game to Tulane (21-6, 10-4 C-USA) 73-68.
The Mustangs were led by junior guard Keena Mays who was 6-12 from the field and had 14 of her 15 points in the second half.
Destynee Hives-McCray had the best shooting night for SMU, shooting 7-11 from the field to finish with 14 points.
Tulane had three players score in double figures. Danielle Blagg, Jamie Kaplan and Olivia Grayson scored 16, 15 and 10 points respectively.
The Mustangs, once again, started the game off on a sluggish note, shooting wise, hitting only 33 percent of their shots in the first half (11-33).
Korina Baker led the way for SMU in the first half with eight points. She was 2-3 from three-point range and made both of her free throw attempts.
Mays, who has struggled shooting the ball recently, was 0-3 on the night and only had one point in the first half. She was however able to turn it around in the second half.
Tiffany Dale led the way for the Green Wave, shooting 4-6 from the field and finishing the half with eight points.
Despite being out-shot and out-rebounded by the Green Wave, SMU went into half time only being down 33-30.
In the second half, the Mustangs shot considerable better, making 16-29 shots in the half (55 percent).
The Mustangs were led by Mays in the second half and the Green Wave was led by Grayson who had all 10 of her points in the second half.
SMU got their first lead of the second half when Akil Simpson made a lay up with just over 17 minutes left in the game.
The Mustangs then held the lead for six minutes as they traded buckets with the Green Wave.
Then with 5 minutes left, the Mustangs got another easy lay up to put them back on top 56-54.
The Mustangs expanded their lead to as many as six, but were never able to put the Green Wave away.
After SMU gave away the lead with about 1 minute left, The Mustangs were able to tie it up with a clutch jumper by Mays with 38 seconds to go.
On the next possession Tulane was able to grab an offensive rebound and, with 11 seconds left, Jamie Kaplan capped off her 15-point effort with a three pointer to seal the deal for the Green Wave.
Despite the tough loss, the Mustangs still have a chance to win the Conference USA title.
SMU will play their last game in Moody Coliseum before the commencement of the renovations this Sunday against Rice at 2 p.m.
Last time these teams faced each other SMU won 73-51. The Owls were led by Jessica Kuster’s 16 points and five rebounds.