DALLAS (SMU) — Alicia Froling finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds to earn her 11th double-double of the season and the 30th of her career despite the SMU women’s basketball team going down, 88-48, to No. 1 Connecticut at Moody Coliseum Saturday afternoon. SMU fell to 10-7 overall, 1-3 in the American Athletic Conference, while the Huskies improved to 16-0, 4-0 in the American, winning an NCAA-record 91st consecutive game.
While Connecticut seemed to be cruising after outscoring SMU 26-2 in the first quarter, the Mustangs fought back, getting outscored by just 16 points over the last three quarters combined.
Trailing 26-2 at the end of the first quarter, SMU went on an 11-3 run against the Huskies anchored by team defense. The Mustangs scored six points off of four forced turnovers early in the second period to jump start the offensive run. Froling accounted for eight of the 14 points scored in the run, cutting the UConn lead to 15, 31-16, capped off with a 3-pointer from Devri Owens. SMU’s defense held the Huskies to just 18 points in the second quarter, getting outscored by just two in the period, 18-16.
SMU was more consistent from behind the arc in the second half, going 5-for-13 on 3-point attempts after making just one in the first half. McKenzie Adams made 2-of-3 from 3-point range in the third, while Morgan Bolton, Devri Owens and Amaura Brandt all converted on three point attempts late in the fourth quarter to end the game on a 7-0 run.
Froling’s 11 th double-double is now tied for fifth in single season double-doubles at SMU, as her 30th career double-double leaves her eight away from second in career double-doubles. Froling also finished with five blocks, taking her career blocks total to 122, third all-time at SMU in blocks.
The Mustangs play three of their next four games on the road, starting Tuesday at Cincinnati. Tip-off against the Bearcats is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, followed by a game at Houston Saturday at 2 p.m.