Oct. 14, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (SMU) - Keena Mays was named to the American Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference team, as voted on by the league's coaches, conference officials announced Monday. The senior was named conference Player of the Year last season after leading SMU to the Conference USA regular-season championship.
A native of Mansfield, Texas, Mays began her career at SMU with a 23-point, 11-rebound performance on Dec. 17, 2012, transferring from Kansas. She finished the season averaging 18.4 points per game, and scored a career-high 33 points against Stephen F. Austin. She also shot a league-high 40 percent from 3-point range, making 64 during the season.
SMU went 21-10 during its final season before joining the newly-formed American Athletic Conference, making the programs 12th postseason appearance during head coach Rhonda Rompola's tenure. Rompola is entering her 23rd season at the helm of the program. The Mustangs were picked to finish fifth in the inaugural season of the American, which includes national champion Connecticut and national runner-up Louisville.
Four starters return from the 2012-13 conference championship team, including all-conference selection Akil Simpson. She averaged 10.7 points and 8.1 rebounds, and enters her senior season needing just 189 points to become the 21st player in SMU with 1,000 points in a career.
The Mustangs begin the season on Nov. 10 against Grambling in the Curtis Culwell Center, the home venue for all non-conference games. SMU will play its first home conference game in Moody Coliseum, which will reopen for the December Commencement ceremony, on Jan. 4 against USF as part of a doubleheader with the SMU men's team. The schedule also includes a pair of nationally-televised games against Louisville.