Women's Basketball

Mustangs Open 2014 With 54-43 Win At Cincinnati

SMU Mustangs
54 43
(10-3, 1-1) (7-6, 0-2)

SMU Women's Basketball

1st 2nd F
 SMU 29 25 54
 CIN 21 22 43

 Points 54 43
 FG Made-Att. 24-54 18-50
 FG Percentage 44.4% 36.0%
 3FG Made-Att. 4-16 5-18
 3FG Percentage 25.0% 50.0%
 FT Made-Att. 2-5 2-4
 FT Percentage 40.0% 50.0%
 Rebounds 13-36 10-27
 Assists 16 13
 Turnovers 14 16
 Blocks 3 1
 Steals 12 6

 Individual Leaders
 Stat  SMU  CIN
 Points  K. Mays - 15  A. Lovett - 17
 Rebounds  R. Short - 9  J. Randolph - 9
 Assists  K. Baker - 5  K. Cook - 5
 Blocks  R. Short - 2  M. Hill - 1

 Up Next
 Who:  vs. USF
 When:  Sat., Jan. 4 - 3:30 PM CT
 Where:  Moody Coliseum
 Radio:  KAAM 770 AM
 Live Video:  WatchESPN.com
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Jan. 1, 2014

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CINCINNATI (SMU) - Keena Mays scored 15 points, eclipsing 1,000 for her career including points at Kansas, to lead the Mustangs to a 54-43 win at Cincinnati for their first American Athletic Conference victory on New Year's Day Wednesday afternoon at the Fifth Third Arena. SMU improves to 10-3, 1-1 The American, with the win, while Cincinnati falls to 7-6, 1-1 The American.

Mays went 6-for-14, including three 3-pointers, and also had six rebounds and three assists. Akil Simpson hit double-digits for the 12th time this season, tallying 13 points in the game to get to within seven of 1,000 career points. The Mustangs out-rebounded the Bearcats 35-25, led by nine from Raven Short and a career-high seven from Korina Baker.

The Mustangs opened the game up with a 24-11 run from the four-minute mark of the first half through the halfway point of the second frame, taking a 49-32 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the contest. The 17-point advantage was the largest of the game.

SMU led 29-21 at halftime with Mays contributing 10 points at that point. Cincinnati shot just 32.1 percent from the floor compared to SMU's 46.4 percent in the period. After tying the game at 2-2 less than three minutes in, SMU went on an 18-5 run over the next 7:14 to take a 20-7 lead with 10 minutes left in the half.

The Bearcats would cut SMU's lead to four points, 25-21, with three minutes remaining, but Gabrielle Wilkins and Baker collected the last two buckets of the half to take an eight-point edge into halftime. Baker's score came on a fastbreak layup after she intercepted a pass when Cincinnati was trying to hold for the last shot of the half.

Cincinnati was held to 36 percent shooting for the game, and SMU also dominated in the paint, doubling up the Bearcats near the rim, 28-14.

The Mustangs will return home for the first game in the newly-renovated Moody Coliseum on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against USF. The renovation included an improved main entry lobby, expanded concourses with raised ceilings, club seats, loge boxes, private suites, group suites, a new event space, offices, new lockers rooms and meeting spaces, as well as a new team store and concession spaces. Saturday will open with the men's team hosting Connecticut prior to the women's game.



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