NEW ORLEANS (SMU) – Alicia Froling scored 10 points with 15 rebounds to record her 12th double-double of the season, the most since Janielle Dodds had 12 in the 2005-06 season, and is now tied for third on the SMU single-season double-double list. However, the effort fell short as the SMU women’s basketball team fell 76-64 at Tulane in Devlin Fieldhouse Sunday. Froling, a 6-3 forward, is three shy of the record, trailing only Shasta Smothers-Johnson, who holds the record with 15, and Rhonda Rompola, who has 13.
Stephanie Collins set the SMU single-season blocks record and ties Alice Severin for ninth on the SMU career blocks list after tallying two first-half blocks. The 6-5 forward has 56 blocks on the season, passing teammate Froling, who set the record with 55 as a freshman. The two blocks brings the sophomore to 81 in her career.
Four Mustangs scored at least 10 points, with McKenzie Adams, who led the Mustangs (11-13, 6-7 American Athletic Conference) with 15 points, Collins and Mikayla Reese joining Froling in double figures. Adams went 5-for-18 from the field and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line, while recording three assists and two steals. Collins was a rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 10 points with nine boards. Reese recorded her first career double-digit scoring performance, finishing with 10 points.
Leading 35-22 at halftime, Tulane (17-8, 8-5 The American) outscored SMU 21-17 in the third quarter to stretch its lead to 17, 56-39. Trailing 69-55 with 2:46 remaining in the game, SMU scored four unanswered points to cut the deficit to 10, 69-59. SMU continued to pressure the Green Wave in the final minutes, but the deficit was too much for the Mustangs to overcome, despite outscoring Tulane, 25-20 in the final 10 minutes.
In the first quarter, SMU held the Green Wave to 17 points and trailed by six, 17-11, after the opening 10 minutes. Tulane outscored the Mustangs 18-11 in the second quarter to take a 35-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
SMU hosts Tulsa Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT at Moody Coliseum. This will be the 42nd time the Mustangs and Golden Hurricane square off, with SMU holding a 25-16 all-time series advantage. The game will be televised on ESPN3.