Houston Falls at SMU on Saturday
Feb. 15, 2014
DALLAS--- The Cougars received a team-high 15 points from Marche' Amerson, but it wasn't quite enough, as SMU outlasted Houston, 67-50, Saturday afternoon at Moody Coliseum.
Amerson's 15-point performance was her team-leading 12th double-digit scoring game of the season, while it was also the most points she's scored since pouring in a career-high 21 points back on Dec. 4 vs. Washington.
Senior forward Te'onna Campbell nearly had herself a double-double, as she grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and poured in 11 points of her own for her 11th double-figure scoring game of the year.
Junior guard Demetria Foreman flirted with a triple-double, as she went for six points, grabbed a career-high seven rebounds, and dished out a career-best equaling eight assists on the afternoon, while sophomore guard Alecia Smith chipped in with nine points.
Senior guard Keena Mays led the way for SMU (15-10, 6-8 The American), as she poured in a career-high tying 34 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win.
Forward Akil Simpson recorded a double-double, as she went for 14 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for the Mustangs.
Houston (5-20, 1-13 The American) snagged a 3-2 lead with just under 40 seconds gone by in the contest, after Amerson connected on the first of her three treys on the game from the right corner.
SMU was able to take a 13-3 lead with 15:54 left in the half, but that would be the last double-digit lead the Mustangs would see for a while. Houston was able to keep things close throughout, as it dominated the offensive glass, claiming an 11-5 offensive rebounding edge, while scoring 12 points off of nine forced first half turnovers.
The Cougars chipped away in the first half, and eventually got within 23-19 with 6:33 remaining in the half, after Smith drained a trifecta from the top of the arc.
However, the Mustangs were able to outscore the Cougars 11-5 over the final six-plus minutes of play to take a 34-24 advantage into the intermission.
SMU scored six straight points to begin the second half to take a 40-24 lead with 17:29 left to play.
The Cougars got the deficit to as close as 57-44 with 7:08 remaining, but in the end, there just wasn't enough offense to complete the rally.
Houston outscored SMU 23-12 in points off of turnovers, while the Cougar defense forced the Mustangs into 23 turnovers on a season-high tying 13 steals on the day.
Houston will get back to work on Wednesday, as it will play at No. 3 Louisville at 6:00 p.m. CT.