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SMU Basketball season opens Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

The Mustang men and women open their 2017-18 basketball seasons on Friday, Nov. 10 in Moody Coliseum.

First up will be the women’s team, working to build on a season that took the squad to both the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (NIT) and to a record-high team G.PA. This year’s roster features returning senior starter Alicia Froling, recently named to the American Athletic Conference All-Preseason team. The first 400 SMU students, faculty and staff members (with SMU ID) at the 11:30 a.m. game against Nicholls State will receive a free lunch from Rudy’s Bar-B-Q, courtesy of Head Coach Travis Mays.

At 7 p.m., the men’s squad led by Head Coach Tim Jankovich begins the defense of its American Athletic Conference championships with the season opener against UMBC. Junior guard Shake Milton has made the watch lists for the 2018 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award and the Lute Olson National Player of the Year. Milton was also named the 2017-18 preseason American Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Wear red for the first game of the season, which is also the Mustangs’ inaugural meeting with the Retrievers.

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Sports: Chad Morris introduced as new SMU head football coach

morrisFootball: Former Clemson offensive coordinator and Texas high school football coach Chad Morris was introduced as the new head football coach at SMU at a press conference on Monday, Dec. 1. Morris was named AFCA National Assistant Coach of the Year and one of five finalists for National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by 247Sports.com in 2013, and the National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals.com in 2011. Morris served as a head coach on the Texas high school level for 16 years, posting a 169-38 record overall and winning back-to-back undefeated state championships in his final two seasons at Lake Travis. In all, Morris took six of his teams to Texas State Championship Games, with three of those teams capturing state titles, and earned Coach of the Year honors 11 times.

The hire was a nice pick-me-up after a loss to in-state rival Houston on Friday, Nov. 28. Sophomore Matt Davis threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Gaines to give the Mustangs a 9-7 lead and hopes of picking up their first win. NCAA Football: Houston vs. SMUCougars running back Kenneth Farrow ran for two touchdowns, and quarterback Greg Ward Jr. added another to put Houston back on top 28-9 at the end of the third quarter. Davis had 145 yards passing for SMU, and led the Mustangs with 70 yards rushing on 20 carries. SMU will have one final shot for a win in their season finale on the road against Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11:00 a.m. CT. The game will air on CBS Sports Network.

heiseVolleyball: It was a weekend of broken records, as SMU won a program-record 15th match at home, defeating Tulsa 3-1 on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Sophomore Janelle Giordano scored a match-high 12 kills, and junior Cailin Bula and sophomore Kristen Stehling each added 11 kills. Sopomore Morgan Heise finished with 22 digs. The Mustangs set another record for overall victories in a season, winning their 26th in a 3-0 sweep at East Carolina on Friday, Nov. 28.

Heise made program history by breaking the record for digs in a season after tallying 11 in the match, bringing her season total to 626. She passed Sydney Stewart who had 625 during the 2011 season. Senior Caroline Young led all attackers with 15 kills, in addition to 10 digs for her ninth double-double of the year. She was also named Libero of the Year in the American Athletic Conference, and was one of four Mustangs named to the all-conference team. Young and Avery Acker joined Heise on the first-team, and Giordano earned second-team honors.

yanickMen’s Basketball: Senior Yanick Moreira led SMU with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a wire-to-wire 78-72 loss to No. 25 Arkansas on Tuesday, Nov. 25. It was a game of runs as the Mustangs had an 18-6 run that pulled them within six, but then the Razorbacks responded with an 11-2 run of their own. SMU rallied again from 19 down to make the score 73-68 with 37 seconds remaining, nicmoorebut Arkansas held off the comeback.

The Mustangs bounced back the following night with a 72-59 win over Texas Southern. Junior Nic Moore scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 3-0f-4 from beyond the arc. Moore continued his hot streak in a 63-51 victory over Monmouth on Sunday, Nov. 30, scoring 18 of the team’s first 22 points and finishing with 23 points total. Moore was named to the watch list for the 2015 Naismith Award, given to the top men’s basketball player. Moore and SMU improved their record to 4-3 on the season, and are back in action at 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 5 against Wyoming in Moody Coliseum. The game will be televised on ESPNews.

brameWomen’s Basketball: Freshmen Alicia Froling and Taylor Brame recorded their first career double-doubles, and junior Destynee Hives-McCray recorded her third double-double of the season in a commanding 77-46 win over Florida A&M on Friday, Nov. 28 to advance to the championship of the SMU Thanksgiving Classic. Hives-McCray finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.  Froling added 14 points and 10 boards, while Brame posted 11 points and 13 rebounds.hivesmccray

USC edged the Mustangs, 64-57, in the championship on Saturday, Nov. 29. Junior forward Destynee Hives-McCray scored eight points and grabbed 13 boards, earning all-tournament honors. A night after holding Florida A&M to 19.1 percent shooting, the Mustangs limited the Trojans to just 23.5% from the field in the first half. However, USC came alive in the second half, scoring 46 of their 64 points after the break. SMU’s bounced back with a 62-55 win against North Texas on Wednesday, Dec. 3 for their eighth win in nine years over the Metroplex rivals. Gabrielle Wilkins paced the Mustangs’ scoring with 15 points. SMU squares off with Arizona State on the road on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4:00 p.m. CT.

burnettMen’s Swimming and Diving: Senior diver Devin Burnett was named the American Athletic Conference’s Diver of the Week for the second consecutive week on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The reigning conference diver of the year was honored last week for his dominating performance against TCU. This week, he was honored for third-place finishes in the one-meter, three-meter and platform dives at the Art Adamson Invitational.

Equestrian: Senior Emma Roberts and sophomore Sylvia de Toledo were named United Equestrian Riders of the Month for November. Both riders won their head-to-head matchups in November road meets against New Mexico State and South Dakota State. Roberts earned the accolade for equitation over fences. De Toledo’s second Rider of the Month honor is for equitation on the flat.

Rowing: Head rowing coach Doug Wright has announced the hiring of Paige Love as an assistant coach for the program. Love spent the last seven years coaching at White Rock Lake for Dallas United Crew, the largest juniors club rowing program in Texas. During her time at DUC, she helped double the size of their high school competitive rowing program, and coached boats that were competitive in the region and regularly qualified boats to compete at Youth Nationals. She’s had more than 30 graduating student-athletes continue to row in college.

A standout collegiate student-athlete, Love was born and raised in Dallas and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism, focusing on strategic communications, from the University of Kansas. While at KU, Love rowed for the Division I rowing program from 2002-06.

Sjöström advances to NCAA Cross Country Championship

sjostromCross Country: Sophomore Agnes Sjöström (right) advanced to the NCAA Championship as an individual, as she finished third overall in the 142-runner field at the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday, Nov. 14.  Sjöström’s time of 20:11.0 was not only a personal best, but was the second-fastest 6K time in school history.  Silje Fjortoft holds the SMU record with a 19:58.1 set in 2011. The Mustangs finished third overall, narrowly missing out on an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Junior Shanoah Souza also posted a personal record with a time of 20:45.0, landing her at 15th overall. For their top-25 finishes, Sjostrom and Souza were named to the NCAA All-Region team.

burnett_straughnMen’s Swimming and Diving: The men’s swimming and diving team swept the weekly conference awards, as senior Devin Burnett was named American Athletic Conference Diver of the Week and junior Sam Straughan (both left) was named Swimmer of the Week. Burnett won both the one-meter and three-meter dives in SMU’s dual meet with TCU on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Both scores met qualifying standards for the NCAA Zone Diving competition. Straughan also earned two first-place finishes against TCU in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly. Both of Straughan’s times are the fastest in that event in The American so far this season.

Men’s Basketball: Ben Moore scored a career-high 22 points and posted a team-high nine rebounds with five assists to lead No. 22 SMU to a 93-54 victory over Lamar on Friday, Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum. Yanick Moreira added 19 for SMU, equaling his career high, on a perfect 9-for-9 shooting. The Mustangs shot 61.1 percent from the field, good enough for 10th in the nation after the opening weekend of play.

Moore again led the Mustangs in scoring with 11 points in a 72-56 loss at No. 13 Gonzaga on Monday, Nov. 17. It was the first meeting between the two schools. The Mustangs shot just 31.1 percent, and 24 percent in the second half.

Women’s Basketball: Junior forward Destynee Hives-McCray led the Mustangs in scoring with 13 points in a 57-44 loss to Northern Colorado on Friday, Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum. The Bears recorded a wire-to-wire victory, jumping out to a 19-6 lead and never turning back. Freshman Alicia Froling nearly posted a double-double in her first-career collegiate game, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds. SMU made a late push with a 15-3 run that closed the deficit to eight, but Northern Colorado held on for the win.

Hives-McCray was a dominant force again for SMU with 17 points and 15 rebounds in an exciting 63-59 victory over UTEP on Sunday, Nov. 14. The Mustangs went ahead 61-59 on a Keely Froling jumper with 1:23 remaining, and their stingy defense held strong through the final minute. The Froling twins combined for 28 points and 11 rebounds. After allowing the Miners to rally to a 42-39 lead early in the second half, Hives-McCray took over, recording 11 points and nine rebounds in the second half alone.

volleyballVolleyball: The volleyball team improved to 22-5 overall and 11-4 in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-1 victory against USF on Friday, Nov. 14. Junior Avery Acker recorded her 22nd double-double of the season with 39 assists and 18 digs in the win. Senior Caroline Young led the Mustangs with 14 kills, and junior Abbey Bybel added 10. Sophomore Morgan Heise had a team-high 22 digs, and Bybel also had 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.

SMU squandered a 2-1 lead against league-leader UCF, losing 3-2 on Sunday, Nov. 16. Four Mustangs finished with at least 10 kills, led by Young and Bybel who each recorded 17. Cailin Bula scored 14 kills, and Kristen Stehling added 11 for SMU. Heise finished with 30 digs, reaching 30 for the fourth time this season. Acker posted her 23rd double-double of the season with 49 assists and 15 digs before leaving the match due to injury late in the fourth set. SMU returns home to face Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 21 at Moody Coliseum.

NCAA Football: USF vs. SMUFootball: South Florida quarterback Mike White threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the second with :04 left in the game, to lift South Florida to a 14-13 win over SMU on Saturday, Nov. 15, spoiling the 2014 Homecoming festivities. Sophomore Matt Davis tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Justin Lawler with :26 left in the first half to put the Mustangs ahead 13-0. SMU is back in action at 11:00 a.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 22 when the Mustangs travel to Orlando, Florida to take on UCF. The game will air on ESPNews.

menssoccerMen’s Soccer: The Mustangs dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 24 Tulsa in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, Nov. 14. SMU was outshot 16-9 in the match, forcing American Goalkeeper of the Year Michael Nelson to make four saves. Abe Matamoros and Cameron Drackett managed to get shots past Nelson in the 35th and 73rd minutes, respectively. Senior Damian Rosales was named to the 2014 American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the tournament, won by Tulsa on Sunday, Nov. 16.