Claiming a victory over an undefeated rival is never easy, but when the SMU Mustangs (2-0) offense has as many players in double digits as they did in a 72-68 overtime win Wednesday night, even the Texas Christian Horned Frogs can’t stop the attack.
SMU took a five-point lead into the start of the second half at 27-22, but TCU was able to respond in a high-scoring frame.
With just under seven minutes to go and facing a 12-point deficit at 57-45, the Mustangs’ situation looked dire, but the reigning American Athletic Conference player of the week guard Keena Mays took over in scoring nine of the Mustangs next 14 points to get the game into overtime at 59-59.
The Mustangs were led by Mays’ game-high 25 points along with another three rebounds and six assists, but the senior from Arlington, Texas was helped by a large cast.
For the second game in a row, junior forward Destynee Hives-McCray registered a double-digit rebounding performance and added five points to the cause, while Gabrielle Wilkins registered the only double-double of the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds of her own.
In overtime, SMU scored 13 points to the Horned Frogs’ nine, and kept its undefeated record intact against a solid opponent.
Although this game will be hard to top for drama’s sake, the Mustangs will have to prepare themselves for a long road trip, as the team travels to Cheney, Wash. for a battle against Eastern Washington University.