SMU Mustangs Fall At No. 21 Oklahoma and to UT Arlington

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NORMAN, Okla. (SMU) – The Mustangs mounted a second-half comeback on Friday night against No. 21 Oklahoma but came up short, falling 87-75.

After trailing by as many as 16 points just before halftime, SMU (1-2) cut the Sooner lead down to just three points at the midway point of the fourth quarter. However, the Mustangs were unable to finish the job. Oklahoma (2-1) used a 7-0 run to extend back out its lead and hold on for the win.

SMU’s defense was able to hold Oklahoma to just 41 percent shooting from the field and easily its lowest point total of the season. The Sooners entered the game averaging more than 100 points per game. The main difference in the game was that the Sooners were able to drop in 13 shots from behind the arc, compared to SMU’s six.

Senior McKenzie Adams was the workhorse for the Mustangs on offense, leading the way with 25 points. McKenzie has now reached double figures in eight of her last nine games, dating back to last season, and has scored at least 20 in three of the last seven games.

Freshman Ariana Whitfield posted her first-career double-digit scoring performance, providing 13 points. Senior Kiara Perry followed up her career-day against TCU with another solid performance, also finishing with 13 points. Johnasia Cash, also a freshman, gave the Mustangs a productive 10 points and six rebounds in only 12 minutes of play.

This was the first game this season four players scored in double-digits for SMU. Through the first two games, only Adams and Perry had reached that mark in a game. The 75 points scored tonight is also a season-high.

Junior Dai’ja Thomas was her typically self in the post, grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds. Senior Mikayla Reese dished out six assists to lead the Mustangs in that category.

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Mustangs Fall In Final Seconds To UT Arlington

ARLINGTON, Texas (SMU) – Despite the Mustangs leading for nearly 31 minutes of game time, UT Arlington (4-0) closed the game on a 6-0 run to edge SMU (1-3) on Sunday, 58-55. The Mavericks hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining to claim the win while the Mustangs were unable to get the shot to go as time expired.

For the first time in her Mustang career, freshman Ariana Whitfield led SMU in scoring by tying her career-high with 13 points. Senior Stephanie Collins broke into double-figures for the first time this season, scoring 10. Senior Kiara Perry scored 10+ for the third-straight game, finishing with 11 while dealing with some foul trouble.

Junior Dai’ja Thomas was a force down low again for the Mustangs, hurting UT Arlington by grabbing 13 rebounds, seven of which were on the offensive end. Throughout the contest, SMU controlled the board. The Mustangs finished with 23 more total rebounds, as well as 16 more offensive rebounds than the Mavericks.

SMU, while leading for the majority of the game, could never put much separation between itself and UT Arlington. The largest lead of the game was seven points, and that was in the first quarter. A big reason for that was the Mavericks’ hot shooting from behind the arc. UT Arlington hit 7-of-14 from 3, while SMU finished 2-for-12.

SMU returns home on Tuesday to face Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. before heading west to compete in the Nugget Classic in Reno, Nevada on November 24 and 26.

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