BOULDER, Colo. (SMU)— Alicia Froling led all scorers and posted a season-high 24 points in the Mustangs’, 72-64, victory over Boston College in the semifinal round of the Omni Hotel Classic Friday afternoon. SMU is now 4-1 overall, while Boston College falls to 1-4.
The Mustangs never trailed the Boston College Eagles as a second half surge secured the win for SMU. With the lead just three for the Mustangs at half, Froling led SMU’s offensive charge and posted 11 of SMU’s 19 points in the third quarter to give the Mustangs a 10 point lead going into the final period of play. The junior nailed two free throws with 4:23 left to play in the third to extend the Mustang’s lead to 14, the largest lead of the game. As a team, the Mustangs shot 46.2 percent from the field and shot 6-for-7 from the free throw line in the third quarter.
McKenzie Adams finished with 17 points, scoring seven in the fourth quarter, en route to the Mustang win. Morgan Bolton added 10 points, shooting 2-5 from behind the arc, contributing to SMU’s efficient offense. SMU outscored the Eagles, 38-32, in the second half to finish the game shooting 49.0 percent from the field and 5-10 from the three-point line.
Adams and Froling set the pace early for SMU’s offense, posting seven points apiece to lead all scorers in the first quarter. Mikayla Reese, Bolton and Adams shot a perfect 100 percent from beyond the arc to give the Mustangs the early, 23-15, lead. Kamray Mickens added a pullup jumper and Amaura Brandt nailed a three from the top of the key in the second quarter to help maintain SMU’s lead at the break.
Klara Bradshaw and Bolton held down the Mustang defense as Bradshaw recorded four blocks and Bolton grabbed two of SMU’s four steals. Kiara Perry and Bradshaw tied for a team-high seven rebounds each and three Mustangs scored in double digits for the fourth time this season.
BOULDER, Colo. (SMU)— The SMU women’s basketball team fell to the Colorado Buffaloes, 67-50, in the championship game of the Omni Hotel Classic Saturday morning in Boulder, Colorado. The Mustangs are now 4-2 overall, while the Buffaloes remain unbeaten at 6-0 on the season.
SMU’s offense heated up in the second half as they outscored Colorado, 19-12, in the third quarter, shooting 50 percent from the field (6-12) and the three point line (1-2). Three Mustangs finished with double digit scoring, including McKenzie Adams who posted nine of her 11 total points in the second half. Alicia Froling also turned up the offense after the break, scoring eight of her 11 total points, going 7-12 from the free-throw line, in the last two quarters.
To open the half, Froling attacked down the baseline and found a waiting Dai’ja Thomas to make the easy bucket. Just two possessions later, Froling found Thomas again on the drive for another two points, cutting the deficit to 14. Thomas also added six of her total 10 points in the second half, scoring off of several offensive rebounds. The sophomore finished with four offensive rebounds of her total seven. After an offensive surge by Colorado, Adams nailed two free-throws, converted on a baseline drive and knocked down a jumper in transition late in the third quarter to bring the Mustangs within 11, their lowest deficit of the half.
Mikayla Reese added five points off the bench in the second half, nailing a three and converting on an attack down the lane in transition. Morgan Bolton also posted five points, hitting the only three-pointer for the Mustangs in the first half.
Adams and Froling finished with double-doubles, posting 11 points and 10 rebounds each. It is Adams’ first double-double of her career as the junior grabbed a new career-high 10 rebounds. It is Froling’s fifth of the season and the 24th of her career.
Froling was named to the Omni Hotel Classic All-Tournament team for her performances against Boston College in the semifinals and Colorado in the championship match. The junior averaged 17.2 points and eight rebounds per game in the tournament and is averaging a double-double (17.0 PTS and 11.5 RBS) on the season.
Next, the Mustangs return to Moody Coliseum to host North Texas Wednesday Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. CT.