SMU (DALLAS)— The SMU women’s basketball team advanced to the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) for the first time since 1993 with a 59-52 victory over Abilene Christian Monday night at Moody Coliseum. With the win, the Mustangs earned their 19th victory of the season and advanced to face Indiana Thursday night in Bloomington, Indiana.
With 3:56 left to play in the third quarter, McKenzie Adams hit back-to-back jump shots to give SMU a 46-20 lead over the Wildcats, the largest lead of the evening. The Mustangs outscored ACU 18-14 in the third period and shot a game-high 53.3 percent from the field for the quarter.
In the second quarter, SMU held ACU to just six points shooting 21.4 percent from the field.
Morgan Bolton led the Mustangs with 15 points, shooting 3-for-5 from the three-point line and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. The senior also recorded three assists and three rebounds. McKenzie Adams finished with 12 points and five rebounds, her 24th game of the season scoring in double figures and the fifth consecutive. Kiara Perry added 11 points and six rebounds, while Stephanie Collins finished with seven points and five rebounds.
Froling finished with seven points and 10 rebounds. The junior now has 330 total rebounds for the season and broke her own season rebound record of 328 last season.
As a team, the Mustangs set the single season blocks record for the third straight season with 185, beating last season’s 184. SMU also extended the team rebound record set last game versus Louisiana Tech with 1,380 total rebounds for the season.
The Mustangs travel to Bloomington, Indiana, to play the Hoosiers for a spot in the WNIT Quarterfinals at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on Big Ten Network Plus.