Second-Half Comeback Fuels Mustang Victory

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Adams Scores 21 While Perry Adds 20 To Lead SMU

Box Score | Photo Gallery – Trailing by 10 entering halftime, the Mustangs desperately needed a spark to protect their home court against LMU on Wednesday afternoon. McKenzie Adams and Kiara Perry provided it, as SMU (5-6) overcame that deficit to knock off Loyola Marymount (8-3), 63-60.

The senior duo combined in the second half for 25 of the team’s 40 points. Adams scored 13 of those, hitting six of her eight shots to finish with a game-high 21 points. Perry logged 20 points in contest, while tying her career-high by grabbing 14 rebounds to register her second consecutive double-double.

Kiara Perry (energized the team) in the first half with her energy,” head coach Travis Mays said. “Then, McKenzie did what McKenzie does in the second half. She made the baskets she wasn’t making the first half, and it made everyone relax. Kiara continued with her energy, grabbing loose balls and rebounds. That was the difference in the game.”

The game came down to the final seconds and the very last possession, but the SMU defense didn’t allow LMU to even get a final shot off before the buzzer sounded. The Mustangs played solid defense all game, holding LMU to its lowest point total of the season. The fourth quarter defense was especially important, holding the Lions to 3-of-12 shooting in the quarter and just nine points.

“It took us 40 minutes for us to win this game,” Mays said. “(LMU) plays hard and together with two bonafide scorers on their team. I was glad to see we didn’t have any mental letdowns going down the stretch.”

Those stops allowed for the offense to heat up and get the comeback rolling. Trailing by 10 with under three minutes remaining in the third quarter, shots started to fall. The Mustangs used a 12-2 run to completely erase the Lions’ lead before the eight-minute mark of the fourth quarter. In the second half as a whole, the Mustangs hit 63.6 percent of their shots on their way to the 40 points.

Senior Klara Bradshaw also left a mark on the game, just not necessarily on the offensive end. The AAC blocks leader turned back two shots today for her fifth-straight game with two blocks. The Emory, Texas, native grabbed 10 rebounds to help SMU win the battle on the glass.

The free-throw line was important for SMU on Wednesday afternoon. The Mustangs found 17 of their points at the charity stripe, including knocking down 7-of-8 attempts in the fourth quarter to grab the win.

“I was trying to get them to go to the next level. In this particular game, we had something that had been missing in the previous games,” Mays said. “It was the energy, focus and commitment. That’s what all this staff had wanted these young ladies to show.”

SMU is now 4-1 at Moody Coliseum this season and are at home again on Friday, December 22, hosting McNeese at 1 p.m.