No. 24 Tulane 81, SMU 69
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) _ Grace Daley scored 35 points as Tulane fought off a late surge to beat SMU 81-69 Monday night.
The Green Wave had a 20 point lead with 13:12 remaining in the game but the Mustangs cut the lead to five at 64-59 with 4:52 remaining.
Daley scored 13 of Tulane’s final 17 points including eight free throws in the final two minutes. Sarah Goree added 12 points and Janell Burse had 10.
Most of Daley’s points were drives to the basket and mid-court jumpers. Daley has had success in the past against SMU scoring 38 and 26.
The Mustangs led 20-13 with 9:33 in the first half, but Tulane scored 26 straight points and led 39-20 with 2:52 remaining. Goree scored eight during the run, including two 3-pointers.
SMU’s Karlin Kennedy had 13 points and 17 rebounds, but the Mustangs’ couldn’t overcome 39.7 percent shooting for the game.