Lady Mustangs hold off Cougars, win 68-51 in Houston

The Mustangs snapped their three-game losing skid with a 68-51 win over the Houston Cougars Saturday at the Hofheinz Pavilion.

SMU shot a season-high 52.1 percent from the field and held Houston to only four field goals in the second half.

Normally the Mustangs are led by Alicia Froling, but on Saturday it was her sister Keely Froling doing the heavy lifting- Keely scored 13 points and secured seven rebounds.

SMU Mustangs forward Keely Froling #11 shoots a 3 point shot during the game against the Tulane Green Wave at Moody Coliseum. Photo by Vladimir Cherry

Eleven of her 13 points came in the first half, which helped the Mustangs take a 35-25 lead into halftime.

Houston held a 5-4 lead less than five minutes into the action, but Keely put SMU back in front with a jumper.

The Cougars tied the game at 15-all with 9:10 to go in the first half, but freshman Aurmani DeGar nailed a pair of free throws that sparked a 20-10 run.

While SMU had one of its best shooting days, Houston only shot 28.3 percent from the field and were out rebounded 38-31.

The Mustangs outscored the Cougars in the paint 28-12. SMU’s Keely and Alicia Froling combined for 22 points while Destynee Hives-McCray added 10.

Alicia also recorded three blocks, and senior Raven Short made three three-pointers (for all nine of her points).

Tyler Gilbert, who scored 10 points and seven rebounds, was Houston’s lone double-digit scorer.

A home match up against Temple on Wednesday is next for SMU. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

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