DALLAS (SMU) – The SMU women’s basketball team held on for a one-point win against No. 19 Texas A&M, 54-53, in Moody Coliseum Monday night. McKenzie Adams knocked down her first 3-pointer of the night with 1:58 remaining, stretching the lead back to five, 54-49. Texas A&M cut the lead to one, 54-53, with 38 seconds to play, but the SMU defense kept Danni Williams from knocking down her fourth 3-pointer of the fourth quarter to upset a ranked team for the first time since March 9, 2008, when SMU defeated No. 18 UTEP 73-57 to win the Conference USA tournament.
The Mustangs held the Aggies to 13 points in the first half, one more than the record 12 SMU limited Tulsa to twice, at home in 2011 and 2016. SMU led 29-13 at halftime, out-scoring the Aggies 14-6 and 15-7 in the first two quarters.
Adams finished with 11 points, making only the three in the fourth quarter. Before the shot that proved to be the game winner, Adams was 0-for-3 from behind the arc. Dai’ja Thomas led the Mustangs, who improved to 6-3 overall and 4-0 at home, with 13 points, going 5-for-7 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line. Alicia Froling was limited to eight points, the first time she was held in single digits this season, but grabbed 11 rebounds.
Williams scored 13 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter to bring the Aggies back to within striking distance, but SMU never gave up the lead after taking it in the first quarter. It was Williams who took the final shot for Texas A&M, guarded closely by Adams, but the 3-point attempt came up short. Jasmine Lumpkin got the rebound, but was not able to get a shot off before the final buzzer.
Texas A&M (5-2) scored the first basket of the game, but SMU went on an 8-0 run didn’t trail the rest of the way. SMU held the Aggies to just two field goals in the first quarter, and only allowed three in the second quarter, including one 3-pointer, for the 16-point lead at the intermission, SMU’s largest lead of the game.
The Aggies cut the lead to three, 14-11, scoring the first five points of the second quarter, all by Williams. SMU answered with a 10-0 run, highlighted by a pair of 3’s from Morgan Bolton, who scored all six of her points during the second quarter, keeping SMU out in front.
The Mustangs have a 10-day break before their next game, playing a second straight ranked opponent in No. 5/6 Mississippi State in the first round of the Women of Troy Classic in Los Angeles on Dec. 16.