Mays Leads SMU To 71-62 Win Over SFA
Dec. 19, 2012
DALLAS, Texas - Despite a valiant effort on the road, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks were unable to slow down SMU's Keena Mays and the Mustangs in a 71-62 loss at Moody Coliseum Wednesday evening.
The Ladyjacks (4-6) were playing in their sixth and final game of a six-game non-conference road trip and dropped their fourth straight contest despite four players scoring in double-figures. Junior transfer Antionette Carter scored a season-high 16 points followed by 12 points from Tierany Henderson, 11 points from K.K. Jerrell and 10 points from Porsha Roberts.
Mays, who played just her second game of the season for SMU after transferring from Kansas University last season, scored a game-high 33 points on 12-of-22 shooting and 5-of-9 from beyond the arc and 4-of-5 from the free throw line.
SMU (8-2) was able to capitalize on 23 Ladyjack turnovers that resulted into 26 Mustang points. The Ladyjacks were able to dominate the glass, outrebounding the taller Mustangs 53-36, including 19-10 on the offensive boards.
After trailing for much of the game, the Ladyjacks were able to gain their first lead of the night (53-52) when Henderson drained a three-pointer at the 14:30 mark. SMU regained the lead a few minutes later and pushed their advantage to 57-53 with just 6:47 remaining. However, SFA was never able to pull closer and SMU closed the game with a 14-9 advantage.
SFA jumped out to an early 7-6 lead in the first half but SMU responded with a quick 9-0 run of their own to gain a 15-7 advantage. The Mustangs got 18 first-half points from Mays on 7-of-11 shooting and 3-of-6 from three-point shooting from three-point territory.
The Ladyjacks did not hang their heads though and used the offensive glass to their advantage to get back in the ballgame. SFA had nine offensive boards in the first 20 minutes that led to eight second-chance points and helped the Ladyjacks close the gap to just a 34-30 deficit at halftime. Jerrell led SFA with 11 points in the first half followed by nine points from Carter.
SFA will now have a 10-day Christmas holiday break before they return to action Dec. 30 when they host Tulsa at 2 p.m.