Freeman’s career day leads Green Wave women to 18-point comeback win at SMU, 67-66
DALLAS – After trailing by as many as 18 in the second half, the Tulane University women’s basketball team defeated SMU, 67-66, thanks to a buzzer-beating three from junior Krystal Freeman.
Tulane (9-8, 4-0) logged 16 assists on 23 made baskets and shot 40.4 percent from the field, while SMU (7-9, 1-3) had 15 assists on 28 made shots. Freeman led the Green Wave with a career-high 30 points on 12-20 shooting. Junior Arsula Clark added a team-high 12 rebounds and six assists.
“I think it was an amazing finish,” Green Wave head coach Lisa Stockton said. “The only time we led was at the end. I’m just really proud of our team and how aggressive and intense our defense was in the fourth quarter.”
The Mustangs took a 55-39 lead after the third quarter. The Green Wave hit back-to-back threes to start the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 57-45 with 8:36 to play. Tulane closed the gap to six points at 59-53 with 5:30 left in the game. After buckets from both sides, Freeman knocked down a three with 3:07 left to cut the score to 64-59.
Tulane forced a stop on the ensuing SMU possession and Clark knocked down one free throw. Sophomore Dynah Jones grabbed a steal and made a layup then Freeman did the same to tie the game at 64 with 1:23 to play.
SMU made two free throws to take a 66-64 lead with 56.1 seconds left. After stops on both ends, SMU missed two free throws and the Wave advanced the ball with six seconds remaining. Freeman took the pass from Clark on the ensuing inbounds play and knocked down a three to win the game.
“We knew what we were going to run after the timeout,” Freeman said. “It was for Su [Arsula Clark] to penetrate because we only needed two to tie it. They were doubling her, so I called her name out at the three-point line. I just shot it when I got it, and it thankfully went in.”
SMU grabbed an early 14-5 lead in the first quarter. Tulane responded with a 9-2 run of its own to cut the lead to 16-14. The Mustangs held an 18-16 lead after the first quarter.
After both teams traded blows, the Mustangs went on a 10-0 run to take a 30-21 lead with 4:40 left in the first half. The Wave ended the quarter on an 8-4 run to close the gap to 34-29 at the half.
In the first half, Freeman led the way 18 points on 8-11 shooting for the Olive and Blue. Tulane logged nine assists on its 11 made baskets and shot 45.8 percent from the field in the opening half.
Up next, the Green Wave will return home to take on Cincinnati on Saturday, Jan. 18. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse after the conclusion of the Tulane men’s basketball game against Tulsa.
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