Lady Mustangs look to rebound against Rutgers

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SMU guard Kenna Mays (Courtesy of SMU Athletics)

The near-impossible task of defeating the University of Connecticut at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion came to a humbling end for the Lady Mustangs (14-8, 5-6).

Following a 102-42 blowout Tuesday, SMU will regroup at Moody Coliseum against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (17-5, 8-3), a much more evenly matched opponent.

Despite finishing with three players in double-digits, SMU lost in its last match-up against Rutgers, 64-54. Hopefully, this game not on the road, the Mustangs can find pull off some revenge.

That was the first time these two teams met, as this rivalry is new with the American Athletic Conference.

One of the players looking to rebound is Akil Simpson. Against UConn, Simpson only made two shots of the 15 she took and grabbed six boards. She’ll be looking to return to her season averages of 13.8 ppg and 8.1 rpg.

With Destynee Hives-McCray injured, the Mustangs will have to receive solid play from Simpson and Keena Mays, who scored 20 (the only player to reach double-digits) versus UConn.

Kahleah Copper, who averages 15.6 ppg, paces Rutgers on offense. She is one of three Scarlet Knights who average double-digit points, the other two being Tyler Scaife (13.4) and Betnijah Laney (12.8).

If the Lady Mustangs hope to win, they’ll have to close up the passing lanes for Rutgers, as they have four players with at least 60 assists.

Following the game against Rutgers, SMU will remain home and take on the University of Central Florida next Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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