Conference USA

Sports: Women’s basketball C-USA champs, 2013 football schedule announced

Basketball

  • SMU women’s basketball will be the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Conference USA championship March 13-16 even after a loss to Rice in their final regular-season game Thursday, March 7 in Houston. After defeating UTEP on Sunday, March 3, they clinched at least a share of the C-USA regular-season title. The Mustangs take their 21-8 record to the championship round in Tulsa on Thursday, March 14.
  • SMU men’s basketball has their last home game of the 2012-13 season on Saturday, March 9. The game against UTEP will be played at the Curtis Culwell Center due to construction in Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs are 5-10 in Conference USA play after defeating Tulsa 71-65 on Wednesday, March 6. C-USA championship play begins Wednesday, March 13 in Tulsa.

Golf

  • SMU women’s golf will travel to Mesa, Arizona this weekend for the 2013 Clover Cup. Recently, the women took the Central District Invitational title in Parrish, Florida. Freshman Jenny Haglund was recognized for her play at the tournament as Conference USA Women’s Golfer of the Week. This marked the Mustangs’ third tournament win of the season, which the program hasn’t done since 1986. The Clover Cup takes place March 8-10.

L-R: Bryson Dechambeau, Jenny Haglund, Mario Clemens

  • SMU men’s golf is back from Puerto Rico with a third-place finish in the Puerto Rico Classic. Seventy-five golfers played in the tournament, and SMU freshman Bryson Dechambeau finished strong, tying for eighth with a score of 6 under. Senior Mario Clemens rounded out the top 10 with a score of 5 under. The Mustangs will travel to Oregon for the 2013 Bandon Dunes Championship March 9-10 at the Old MacDonald Course.

Tennis vs. Tulsa: The women’s tennis team has a home match Friday, Mar. 8, against Tulsa. The games begin at 2 p.m. at Northwood Country Club. Next, they travel to California for a match against UC Irvine at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10. The women have had a strong season, most recently winning their matches against Wisconsin last weekend.

2013-14 Football Schedule Announced: 

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Sports: Equestrian starts spring season, basketball continues

Staying strong: SMU women’s basketball has an away game Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 against East Carolina. The Mustangs are currently unbeaten in Conference USA and enter tonight’s game with a 10-game winning streak. Keena Mays was also awarded C-USA Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. Mays is a junior transfer from Kansas and has the top scoring offense for the league, averaging 20.6 points a game. The Mustangs also received votes in the Associated Press and USA Today Sports Coaches’ Top 25 Polls for the second straight week. The women play Memphis at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 before returning to Moody Coliseum on Feb. 21. Tonight’s tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Freshman Schafer Raposa

Equestrian program expands: SMU equestrian will start their spring season this weekend at BuckBranch Farm. The women compete against LSU Friday, Feb. 15 and against Baylor Saturday, Feb. 16. SMU Equestrian is currently English-only but is adding a Western team for the 2013-14 season. The Western discipline consists of horsemanship and reining; with this new discipline, SMU will be eligible to compete for the overall NCEA title. Both days of this weekend’s competition begin at 10 a.m.

Men’s basketball in NOLA: SMU men’s basketball made a comeback against Rice last Saturday, Feb. 9, winning 61-39. The men are away again this Saturday, Feb. 16 versus Tulane; tipoff is at 1:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on FSN. The men are currently 13-12 for the season and 3-7 for Conference USA with only six games left until Conference USA Championship play in Tulsa, OK.

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Sports: Women’s b-ball winning streak continues, Big East update

Keena Mays via SMU Athletics

Seven-win streak: SMU women’s basketball finished with a win at Thursday’s home game, scoring 6 points in the last 1:11 of the game. Securing a win on Thursday versus Houston has put the Mustangs in the lead in Conference USA with a 6-0 record and 15-4 overall for this season. Last week, junior Keena Mays was named Conference USA Player of the Week for the second time this season. College Sports Madness also named Mays its C-USA player of the week for Jan. 28, 2013. The women play UTEP this Sunday, Feb. 3, in El Paso. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. 

Back with a win: SMU men’s basketball ended their trio of away games with a win on Wednesday, Jan. 30, defeating Marshall 68-57. This is the first win against Marshall in SMU history and puts the men at 2-5 for Conference USA games and 12-10 overall this season. The Mustangs return home this Saturday, Feb. 2, to take on Houston at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available.

Swimming in ATX: SMU men’s and women’s swimming and diving will travel to Austin this weekend for a two-day meet. The Mustangs are competing against the University of Texas and the University of Arizona on Feb. 1-2. The men were defeated in their last meet against Texas A&M, and the women are coming off a home meet win against TCU. Eddie Sinnott, SMU men’s swim coach, was selected to receive SMU’s Outstanding Leadership Award last week, given to an employee who “demonstrates exceptional leadership ability within his or her unit or across the University.” Sinnott will be recognized at the University’s 2013 Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Big East: The teams SMU will face during their first year in the BIG EAST Conference were finalized last month. In case you missed them, the Mustangs will take on the University of Central Florida, University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, Temple University, University of Cincinnati, University of Houston, University of Memphis and University of South Florida. Pony up! (Logos via Big East, Edited by SMU Public Affairs)

Sports: Soccer enters C-USA championship play, Football to UCF

Last game in C-USA: SMU men’s soccer will travel to Memphis for their last game in Conference USA this season. With only one more game to play, the Mustangs have earned the Conference USA regular season title with a 6-1 record and are the No. 1 seed for the 2012 Conference USA Championship Nov. 7-11. The game against Memphis is at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 and will be broadcast on the Fox soccer channel.

Senior Mallory Baum

Season semi-final: SMU women’s soccer will take on UCF at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 in El Paso for the semi-final round of the Conference USA championship. The Mustangs enter the game after defeating Rice 3-1 on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and if the Mustangs win against UCF they will advance to the Conference USA championship game on Sunday for the first time in history. The Lady Mustangs also received well deserved recognition this week: Mallory Baum was named First Team All C-USA and First Team C-USA All-Academic; Shelby Redman and Rikki Clarke were honorees for Second Team All C-USA; and Courtney Smith received Third Team All C-USA honors.

UCF rematch: The Mustangs will travel to Orlando this weekend to take on UCF, a game that will be a “rematch” of the 2010 Conference USA Championship game. The last time SMU and UCF were matched up in 2011, SMU won with a score of 38-17. SMU currently leads the nation in pick-sixes and is tied for the national lead in total takeaways and interceptions. The game starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 and will air on CBS Sports.

SMU Women’s Swimming

Rival Rice: SMU women’s swimming and diving will take on “conference foe” Rice on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Mustangs enter the meet after being defeated by Texas A&M at their first dual meet of the season last Friday. The meet Saturday starts at 3 p.m. in Perkins Natatorium.

The week ahead: SMU men’s golf will travel to San Martin, California for three days of golf in the 2012 Cordevalle Collegiate, Nov. 5-7.

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Sports: Homecoming Weekend 2012

Season Finale: SMU women’s soccer will travel to Tulsa Friday, Oct. 26, to play their last game of the 2012 regular season at 7 p.m. They are 23-3-2 all-time against the Golden Hurricane. Based on how the Mustangs and other Conference USA teams perform this weekend, their final ranking for the Conference USA Tournament will be decided. The Mustangs are currently 8-6-4 for the season and can enter the tournament as high as 4th or as low as 7th (out of 8 teams).

Men’s Tennis: The men’s tennis team is traveling to College Station for the 2012 Conference Challenge. The Mustangs have an overall record of 9-12 for the season and conference challenge play will be Oct. 26-28.

Homecoming for the Holidays: SMU’s 2012 Homecoming football game is Saturday, Oct. 27. SMU is 40-41-3 all-time in homecoming games, and the Mustangs will take on Memphis in the second of three games against future Big East opponents. Junior Kevin Pope enters the game as the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the week for his work in the Houston game, which included the first TD of his career. The kick-off Saturday is at 2 p.m., and the game includes a halftime presentation of the 2012 SMU Homecoming King and Queen.

Senior Day: SMU men’s soccer takes on Marshall Sunday, Oct. 28. The Mustangs finished their last game with a tie in double overtime against Missouri State and are 5-2-1 all-time against Marshall. The game Sunday is senior day and their will be a pre-game ceremony to honor the four senior men: Ben Hill, T.J. Nelson, Juan Robles and Ryan Rosenbaum. The game starts at noon at Westcott Field.

Looking Ahead: SMU’s women’s cross country team will travel to Mississippi for the Conference USA Championship Monday, Oct. 29.

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Sports: Mustangs take Tulane, Women’s Golf victorious

Matches at Moody: Volleyball will face Tulane at home at at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. If you’re a Facebook fan of SMU Volleyball, you can print a coupon for free admission to the match versus the Green Wave. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Mustangs have another home match versus UTEP at 1 p.m. The Mustangs enter the weekend with sophomore Caroline Young being named Conference USA offensive player of the week, her second time receiving the honor this season, and senior Olivia Bailey being named Conference USA setter of the week.

NOLA Bound: SMU Football travels to New Orleans this weekend to take on Tulane, at 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. This will be the final game between SMU and Tulane as conference mates. Tulane has a 12-8 lead over SMU for match-ups, but SMU has won every meeting since 2009. The Mustangs enter the game with junior Randall Joyner being named Conference USA defensive player of the week.

On the right track: SMU Women’s Golf will be in Oklahoma for their next tournament, the Susie Maxwell Berning Tournament, Oct. 15-17. The Mustangs enter the tournament after placing first in the Johnie Imes Invitational, putting them at 2/3 wins for tournament play this season. In addition to her win at the Invitational, senior Melanie White was named Conference USA Co-Women’s golfer of the week. White finished the invitational at 8 under par, scoring a tournament record.

Soccer Sunday: On Sunday, Oct. 14, Men and Women’s Soccer will have matches on the road. The men face UCF in Florida at 6 p.m. and enter the game as the number one team for the Midwest region in NSCAA national rankings. The women match up against Marshall in West Virgina at noon.

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Sports: Mustangs on the road Oct. 5-7, 2012

Soccer hopes to continue winning streak: Men’s soccer will play at home Saturday, Oct. 6. The Mustangs will take on Kentucky after defeating Tulsa on Wednesday night 1-0. They go into Wednesday’s game with a 7-2-2 season record. The game is at Westcott Field at 7 p.m., and anyone who is a fan of SMU Men’s Soccer on Facebook can print a coupon for free admission.

Weekends away: This weekend the majority of SMU sports teams are traveling. Below is a rundown of their schedules and stats:

Equestrian: Match against TCU at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. The Mustangs go into Friday 3-0, putting them at their best season start in history.

Women’s Tennis: In Houston for the weekend at the Rice Invitational, Oct. 5-7, 2012. Senior Aleksandra Malyarchikova was recently named September’s Conference USA Tennis Athlete of the Month

Volleyball:

  • Match vs. UCF in Orlando at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. They are 7-3 all time against UCF.
  • Match vs. Southern Miss in Hattiesburg at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. They stand 5-3 against Southern Miss.

Women’s Soccer:

  • Game vs. Southern Miss in Hattiesburg at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
  • Game vs. UCF in Orlando at noon Sunday, Oct. 7.
  • The Mustangs enter the weekend with a 5-5-2 season record

Football: Game against UTEP in El Paso at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The last time the Mustangs faced the Miners, they were victorious with a final score of 28-17. The game Saturday will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.

Women’s Swimming: Razorback Relays meet in Fayetteville at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

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Sports: Tennis season begins, soccer starts conference play

Tennis to travel: The 2012-13 tennis season kicks off this weekend for the men’s and women’s teams. The women travel to Austin for the Texas Invitational Sept. 21-23. The men have three players traveling to New York for the NTC Invitational Sept. 21-23 and four players traveling to Tyler, TX for the Tyler Invitational Sept. 22-23.

Volleyball home matches: This weekend, Volleyball will play home matches on Friday and Sunday. The Mustangs take on East Carolina at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. They are 5-4 all-time against ECU and have been victorious in the last four matches. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 they will play Marshall. All matches will be held in Moody Coliseum.

Conference opener: The women’s soccer team kicks off its Conference USA schedule against Houston at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The Mustangs are 10-1-1 all-time against Houston, including a 1-0 win over the Cougars at their last match up in October 2011. They will stay in Houston for the weekend and face Rice at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.

Men take on South Carolina: Men’s soccer also has its first Conference-USA game coming up: SMU will play South Carolina at home at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. The Mustangs enter the game after a tie against CSU on Thursday, Sept. 20 and winning both of their games in the SMU Classic the weekend of Sept. 14. Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra was named tournament MVP.

(All pictures courtesy of SMU Athletics.)

Sports: Papa Dia leads SMU Basketball to higher levels

SMU captain Adam StillDia’s game rewards Mustangs: Despite an unfortunate streak-snapping 67-57 loss to rival UTEP on Saturday, Feb. 12, the fact remains the same: This year’s surprising men’s basketball team is in a deadlock battle for the C-USA title. Currently, the Mustangs are tied for fifth in the league (16-9, 7-4 C-USA) with Tulsa (7-4), just one game behind first-place Memphis (8-3). C-USA Player of the Year candidate Papa Dia (fifth in C-USA scoring, third in rebounds, second in blocks) has already won three Player of the Week awards (Nov. 15-21, Jan. 10-16, Jan. 17-23) is a strong component to the team’s recent success. Dia, Head Coach Matt Doherty and the Mustangs face the Golden Hurricane in a crucial league tie-breaker at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 in Moody Coliseum. Tune in to KAAM 770 AM or visit SMUMustangs.com to keep up with the team.

Still’s the guy: Junior Adam Still (pictured right) was named the captain of the No. 8-ranked men’s soccer team for the 2011 season on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The defender helped lead the Mustangs to a 16-2-2 record and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2010. Still was also named to the CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-America Third Team this past season. Still is a two-time Academic All-America District VI Team award recipient and has been named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team. SMU will open the upcoming spring season against MLS championship finalist FC Dallas on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Pizza Hut Park.

Mary AlenbrattGrades and speed: Sophomore Mary Alenbratt (pictured left) and the cross country team received more high honors to add to a stellar season as they received All-Academic Honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, Feb. 16. To qualify for All-Academic honors, a team must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. SMU easily qualified with a cumulative 3.34 GPA. Alenbratt and the SMU track & field team will be back in action at the C-USA Indoor Championships on Feb. 25-26, hosted by the University of Houston.

Football never dies: SMU announced its 2011-12 C-USA football schedule on Thursday, Feb. 10. Important dates include a Sept. 3 season opener at former Southwest Conference rival Texas A&M, and a home opener with rival UTEP on Sept. 10. SMU will have 4 of 5 games away during a tough stretch in October (away opponents include Memphis, TCU, Southern Miss, and Tulsa, but will be back at home (in cooler Boulevarding temperatures) for 3 of 4 games at home in November (Tulane, Navy, and Rice.) The C-USA Championship game this year is set for Dec. 3. Kickoff times and potential date changes will be set later in the year. The full schedule can be found here.

Sports: Lesniak wins second Tennis Athlete of the Month award

Josue SotoPadron rolls: After a stellar performance in last Saturday’s 42-31 dismantling of Rice, sophomore QB Kyle Padron (24-for-32 comp, 371 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT) became this week’s unanimous selection for the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week. Padron’s achievement earned a national spotlight as he was named one of the Manning Award’s five national Stars of the Week for his performance against the Owls. Padron and the Mustangs look to defeat C-USA rival (and current competitor for the Western Division) Tulsa at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 9. Students and staff, as always, receive free passes to the game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

Streak broken: It’s possible that the support and praise of certain unspecified blogs eventually led to a jinx for the men’s soccer team, as the Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season to C-USA rival UCF on Oct. 2. The Knights scored early in the 12th minute to break out on the scoreboard, eventually heading off the Mustangs in a 2-1 win. Senior Josue Soto (right) tallied his third goal of the season in the 27th minute to temporarily tie the game. The Mustangs have fallen to No. 8 in the NSCAA/HendricksCar.com national rankings and are now 9-1-0 on the season (1-1-0 in C-USA play.) The Mustangs next host South Carolina at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6. SMU is 5-5-2 all-time against the No. 20-ranked Gamecocks.

Courtney ManningLesniak rising: Junior Marta Lesniak continues to add to her awards cabinet as she was named September’s C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Month Oct. 5. Lesniak, currently ranked No. 22 in the country, was commended for her 4-0 sweep of the Singles A tournament at the OU Fall Invitational earlier this month. Lesniak and doubles partner Heather Steinbauer also formed the No. 47 pair in the Doubles A bracket and went undefeated, winning 24 of 37 total games. This is Lesniak’s second Athlete of the Month award, with the first given in October 2009. Currently, she is competing at the Riviera Women’s All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, California, which has been on rain delay intermittently over the past week.

SMU vs. Tulsa, precursor: The volleyball team is yet again acting as a foil for the SMU football team by facing the same opponent in one week. And, just like the Mustang football team, SMU (12-3, 4-0 C-USA) and Tulsa (13-2, 4-0 C-USA) will be duking it out for the top spot in the conference. The volleyball game begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Moody Coliseum. SMU’s defense to this point has been exceptional, with a C-USA lead in opponent’s hitting percentage (.167), blocks per set (2.55) and digs per set (17.81). (Left, sophomore middle blocker Courtney Manning.) The rivalry match is this year’s “Pack the House” event with all SMU faculty, staff and students receiving free admission.