DALLAS (SMU) – The Mustangs fell to Houston, 72-61, on Wednesday night in the American Conference home opener from Moody Coliseum.
Houston took the lead early and held on taking a five-point lead into the break. The Cougars extended their advantage in the third quarter leading by as many 16 before the Mustangs went on a run to close the gap. SMU trailed by 10 heading into the game’s final period.
Johnasia Cash rallied off six points in the first third of the fourth quarter forcing Houston to call a timeout as their lead was cut to four. Cash finished the game with 14, a season high, all of which came in the second half. It was a season high for the sophomore who also grabbed 12 boards for her first double-double of the season.
Houston would pull away in the final portion of the game to improve to 7-8 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. The Mustangs fell to 6-9 with a 0-2 record in The American.
Alicia Froling led the Mustangs with a 16-point effort. The senior also added seven rebounds and three assists. Ariana Whitfield topped the team in assists for the ninth time this year. She finished the game with 4 dimes.
Makenzie Ellis contributed seven boards and six points off the bench for the Mustangs. In total, the Mustangs scored 30 points from their bench.
Next up, the Mustangs face Tulane on Saturday at Moody Coliseum in the middle game of the three-game homestand. Tipoff against the Green Wave is slated for noon.