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Morgan Shiver, Contributor • June 20, 2024
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Don’t forget the Lady Mustangs

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SMU’s Keena Mays is one of the season leaders for the team. (Courtesy of SMU Athletics)


With the recent successes of SMU’s men’s basketball program it seems fair that all the media attention has been centered around Larry Brown’s squad. However, it is not okay that we have almost completely disregarded SMU’s women’s team and put it on the back burner.

Once again SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola has put together a competitive group of athletes that can contend in the American Athletic Conference.

On Saturday, the Mustangs put together a 17-0 run late in the second half to prevail over Temple 85-75.

It was no surprise that SMU was led by Keena Mays, who dropped a 30 point game for the third time this season.

Mays leads the conference and is 33rd in the NCAA with 20.1 points per game. She is also one of three players in the conference with multiple Player of the Week awards. Mays earned her third when she dropped a career high 34-points against the University of Texas at El Paso in early December.

However, Mays isn’t the only star the Mustangs have: forward Akil Simpson has emerged this season as a powerhouse. On Saturday, the senior posted her eighth double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lady Mustangs are 14-7 overall and 5-5 in the AAC. With eight games left on the schedule for the regular season, the Mustangs are poised to make a late run at a national tournament bid.

The men are a great team, they deserve all the attention they have received. Just don’t forget that SMU also has a Women’s basketball team, and they are pretty good too.

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