Alabama Slips Past SMU
DALLAS (SMU) – After using an 11-3 run in the fourth quarter to storm back and tie the game, SMU women’s basketball dropped a last-second 62-61 loss in overtime to Alabama on Thursday night at Moody Coliseum.
Senior forward Alicia Froling tied the SMU program record with 38 career double-doubles, tallying a game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds. She now shares the record with Shasta Smothers-Johnson (1983-87) and Janielle Dodds (2005-08).
DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 15: Southern Methodist Mustangs guard Amber Bacon (4) brings the ball up court during the game between SMU and Alabama on November 15, 2018 at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX. (Photo by George Walker/DFWsportsonline)
Trailing by as many as 12 points late in the third quarter, the Mustangs (2-1) outscored the Crimson Tide (2-1) 15-8 in the fourth quarter. Freshman guard Kayla White hit a driving lay-up to cut the Alabama lead to 51-47 midway through the period, then hit the game-tying jumper following an Alabama turnover moments later to knot the game at 51-51.
The Mustangs held a 58-55 lead in overtime, but Alabama hit key shots down the stretch to retake the lead.
White recorded her second consecutive double-digit scoring performance with 12 points, and added two assists and two steals. Fellow freshman guard Amber Bacon poured in a career-high 14 points and collected a game- and career-high four steals. Junior forward Makenzie Ellis grabbed six rebounds, scored five points and notched two steals.
SMU shot 33-percent from the floor, while Alabama hit field goals at a 35-percent clip. The Mustangs forced 24 Tide turnovers, but Alabama held a 47-39 advantage in rebounds.
The Mustangs return to action on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Metroplex rival TCU. Tipoff in Fort Worth is set for 2 p.m.