Nov. 28, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas (SMU) - Akil Simpson led the Mustangs with a season-high 16 points, and Alisha Filmore and Korina Baker each added 14, but the Mustangs came up short, falling 76-70 to TCU in the first road game of the season Wednesday night.
Simpson was 7-of-16 from the field and finished with nine rebounds. Baker was 4-for-6 on 3-point attempts, scoring a season-high 14 points on five field goals, and Filmore added six field goals for her 14 points, and had six assists and two steals. Kristin Askew connected on three 3-pointers, finishing with 11 points to give SMU four in double figures.
Baker connected on her second straight 3-pointer at the 16:39 mark of the second half to cap off a 15-7 SMU run to start the half, giving the Mustangs (5-2) a 50-43 lead. SMU made four 3-pointers during the stretch, and Destynee Hives-McCray was 4-for-4 from the free throw line during the stretch. The Horned Frogs (2-2) came back to retake the lead, 55-54, on a pair of Gross free throws with 12:31 left to play.
TCU stretched the lead to four, 60-56, with 7:29 on the clock, but another Baker 3-pointer and a jumper by Filmore put SMU back on top, 61-60, with 5:59 remaining. SMU held the lead until TCU tied the game, 67-67, at the 2:42 mark on a 3-pointer by Zahna Medley. Neither team scored again until Medley hit her ninth 3 of the game to put the Horned Frogs on top for good, 70-67 with 43 seconds left. TCU was 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the last 30 second to hold on to the win.
The Mustangs went on a 12-0 run to take a 34-31 lead, holding TCU scoreless from the 4:30 mark of the first half until Delisa Gross hit a free throw with 30 seconds left to end the drought. Simpson pulled down the rebound when Gross missed her second free throw, giving SMU an opportunity to extend the lead going into the break, but Whitney Williams intercepted Krystal Johnson's pass and found Gross for a 3-point to give TCU the one-point advantage.
SMU was 4-for-7 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes, led by Kristen Askew, who was 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and Simpson got off to a hot start, going 5-for-7 in the first half for 10 points. Filmore finished the half with nine points. SMU out-shot the Horned Frogs 48.3 percent to 41.9, but TCU made five 3-pointers to SMU's four to hold on to the lead.
The Mustangs finished the game shooting 41.0 percent from the field, making 25-of-61 attempts, including 10-of-16 3-point field goals. TCU was 25-of-60, including 11-of-25 from behind the arc. The Mustangs return to Moody Coliseum Saturday against UT-Pan American at 2 p.m.