Aggie Women Defeat Mustangs

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DALLAS (SMU) – Freshman twins Alicia and Keely Froling both recorded double-doubles, but the SMU women’s basketball could not overcome No. 4/5 Texas A&M, falling to the Aggies, 70-62, on Tuesday night at Moody Coliseum.

“We battled. I thought our effort was good,” said head coach Rhonda Rompola. “We did some good things. We outrebounded them.”

Alicia Froling scored 13 points and grabbed 15 boards, while her twin sister, Keely, contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds. Both rebound totals were career-highs.

Junior forward Destynee Hives-McCray led SMU with 15 points.

Texas A&M (10-0) climbed out to an early 14-5 lead in the first seven minutes of play, thanks to 10 quick points from junior guard Jordan Jones.

SMU (4-5) then clamped down defensively and fought their way back into the game. The Aggies shot just 32.4 percent and committed eight turnovers in the opening half. Guard Courtney Walker, who entered the game averaging a team-best 16.8 points per game, scored just three points on one-of-eight shooting in the half. Walker finished the game with nine points, shooting 25 percent from the field.

The Mustangs took a 21-19 lead with 6:17 remaining in the first half, but the Aggies made a late surge to take a 33-26 lead into the break.

Texas A&M carried their halftime momentum into the second half, as the Mustangs would trail by seven or more for the remainder of the contest. Junior forward Courtney Williams paced the Aggies with a game-high 21 points, while Jordan Jones added 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

“When they needed baskets Courntey Walker and Courtney Williams hit big shots,” Rompola. “There were times when they hit baskets when we were right in their face.”

After losing to Arizona State on Saturday, SMU has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

“We were tight and shaky in the second half,” said Rompola. “We have to learn to continue to execute when teams turn on the pressure and when the game is close, instead of trying to take quick shots.”