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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.

Sports: SMU equestrian team upsets No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Georgia

equestrianEquestrian: It came down to the final ride, but the equestrian team pulled out an upset over top-ranked Georgia at the Sleepy P Ranch on Sunday, Oct. 26. The win helped SMU climb to No. 6 in the latest NCEA poll. The Mustangs and Bulldogs were tied 9-9, but SMU outscored Georgia 1525.25-1350 in raw score. Junior Alex Butterworth earned Most Outstanding Player honors with an 80-68 victory in Hunt seat competition. The Mustangs travel to South Dakota to face South Dakota State on Friday, Oct. 31 and No. 10 New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Screen shot 2014-10-29 at 8.58.43 AMMen’s Basketball: The Mustangs were picked to finish second in the American Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, just two points behind defending conference champion and national champion, UConn. The Huskies received six first place votes, with SMU taking the remaining five. Juniors Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy were selected as unanimous all-conference first team selections. The first AP Poll of the 2014-2015 season will be released on Friday, Oct. 31. SMU begins their season on Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum against Lamar.

crosscountryCross Country: SMU heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma seeking their fourth straight conference championship in the American Athletic Conference championship on Friday, Oct. 31. The 6K race will begin at 10:00 a.m. CT at the Mohawk Sports Complex. Six Mustangs finished in the top 11 spots in last year’s championship, and coach Cathy Casey was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.

RowingRowing: The rowing team posted a pair of first-place finishes in the Open Double Scull and the First Novice 8+ races at the Head of the Colorado in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Mustangs occupied four of the top five spots in the Open Double Scull with crews finishing first, second, fourth and fifth. The victory in Novice 8+ was the second of the season after a win at the Head of the Oklahoma. SMU picked up two more top-three finishes with a second place finish in the Novice 4+ and a third place finish in the Second Novice 8+.

mensgolfMen’s Golf: No. 20 SMU rose two spots in the final round at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Tuesday, Oct. 28, finishing ninth overall. Freshman Ben Baxter and junior Bryson Dechambeau led the Mustangs with scores of 223, tying them for 28th individually. SMU struggled in the second round with a team score of 380, but made a 14-stroke turnaround in the final round. The Mustangs play next at the Gifford Collegiate in Newport Beach, California. The three-day event begins Monday, Nov. 3.

womensswimdiveWomen’s Swimming and Diving: The Mustangs are ranked No. 11 in the first College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Poll after a third place finish at the SMU Classic and posting 15 times that ranked in the top-10 in the country. SMU is back in action against Rice on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7:00 p.m. CT and against Houston on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Mansfield Natatorium.

mensswimdiveMen’s Swimming and Diving: The men’s swimming and diving team opens its 2014-2015 season with the North Texas Swimming A Meet in Frisco, Texas that begins on Friday, Oct. 31 and concludes Sunday, Nov. 2. The Mustangs are coming off a second place finish in the American Athletic Conference championships. SMU  returns seven all-conference performers, and welcomes in an impressive freshman class.

Women’s Tennis: Seven Mustangs will represent the women’s tennis team at the Houston Invitational this weekend beginning on Friday, Oct. 31 with play continuing through Sunday, Nov. 2. The event will feature both singles and doubles and will consist of four-player round-robin draws, all of which will have winners. Sophomores Anna Kate Anderson, Macie ElliottMary Wright and Dasha Sharapova, and juniors Vaszilisza Bulgakova, Yana Erkeeva and Hristina Dishkova will all represent SMU at the invitational.

jenparkWomen’s Golf: The women’s golf team had its best finish on the last day of the Alamo Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 28, which earned the Mustangs an eighth place finish. Junor Alexandra Rossi and senior Jennifer Park (pictured left) finished the tournament at 3-under for a share of 11th place. The event was their final of the fall, and they will resume play on Sunday, Feb. 8 in the UCF Invitational.

josephMen’s Soccer: A pair of second half goals lifted UConn over No. 24 SMU on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Storrs, Connecticut. The Mustangs are winless in their last three matches and have fallen to fourth place in the American Athletic Conference heading into the final game of the regular season. SMU was outshot 22-11, and freshman goalkeeper Michael Nelson was forced to make eight saves, matching his career high set in a road loss to Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Nelson was honored by the American Athletic Conference as a member of the weekly honor roll for the third time this season. The Mustangs led at halftime after freshman midfielder Benjamin Joseph (pictured right) tallied his second goal of the season, but the lead was quickly squandered in the second half. The Mustangs celebrate Senior Night on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Westcott Field against Cincinnati.

soccerseniorsWomen’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team fell to Memphis 4-1 on Senior Day at Westcott Field on Sunday, Oct. 26. Seniors , Rikki Clarke, Olivia Elliott, Shelby Redman, Lauryn Bodden (all pictured left) and Rachael Larson (not pictured) were all recognized after the game for their accomplishments and devotion to the program. Bodden recorded five saves in net. The Tigers got out to a 3-0 lead before the Mustangs could find the net. Freshman midfielder Claire Oates headed in a cross from fellow freshman forward Chinelo Odobulu. SMU will face Temple in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. CT in Orlando, Florida.

NCAA Football: MEM vs. SMUFootball: SMU was held to just 251 yards of total offense in a 48-10 loss to Memphis at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Tigers scored 41 of the first 48 points in the game, storming out to a 21-0 lead and adding another 20 after sophomore running back Prescott Line scored for the Mustangs. SMU enters another off week before traveling to Tulsa, Oklahoma to face off with Tulsa on Saturday, Nov. 8.

heiseVolleyball: The volleyball team recorded 111 digs in a five-set loss to Temple in Philadelphia on Friday, Oct. 24, which ranks seventh in program history. All five SMU attackers finished with at least 10 kills, led by junior Abbey Bybel’s 16. Junior Cailin Bula scored 15, sophomore Kristen Stehling recorded 13, and sophomore Janelle Giordano and senior Caroline Young each posted 10. Acker totaled 54 assists for her 16th double-double of the season, and Bybel tallied 17th digs for her 10th of the year. Young posted her sixth of the year with 12 digs, and Bula earned her first of the season with a career-high 15 digs.

The Mustangs continued their road trip with a 3-1 win over Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut on Sunday, Oct. 26. Sophomore Morgan Heise (pictured above) posted 36 digs, which is good enough for fourth all-time in a match at SMU and American Athletic Conference Defensive Player Of The Week honors. With the win, the Mustangs improved their record to 17-5 and 6-4 in the conference. SMU travels next to New Orleans to face Tulane on Friday, Oct. 31 at 1:00 p.m. CT and complete their road trip in Tulsa, Oklahoma against Tulsa on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1:00 p.m. CT.

Sports: Rachel Nicol posts nation’s fastest breaststroke time, named AAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week

nicolWomen’s Swimming and Diving: Senior Rachel Nicol and sophomore Tara-Lynn Nicholas swept the breaststroke heats to help lead the women’s swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at the 21st annual SMU Classic on Saturday, Oct. 18 in Lewisville, Texas. Nicol received the season’s first American Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week after posting the nation’s top time in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the event with a time of 1:00:18. She also won the 200-yard heat with a time of 2:10.11, which is good for second in the nation. . The Mustangs also closed the event with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay. SMU closes out the month against Rice on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. CT at the Mansfield Natatorium.

Men’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team dropped their first American Athletic Conference match of the season in a 1-0 loss to Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The Golden Hurricanes scored early, leaving SMU with plenty of time to equalize the game, but the  Mustangs could not capitalize. Freshman goalkeeper Michael Nelson made a season-high eight saves. SMU continues their road trip in Storrs, Connecticut against UConn on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. CT.

bryceclarkFreshman Bryce Clark (pictured right) and junior Idrissa Camara (pictured below) earned league honors for their efforts in an exciting, 2-2 draw between No. 21 SMU and No. 24 South Florida at Westcott Field on Saturday, Oct. 18. Clark was named Rookie of the Week, and Camara landed a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll. soccerThe Mustangs had to come from behind on two occasions after sophomore USF midfielder Marcus Epps netted two goals in the 21st and 63rd minutes. SMU was silenced until the 61st minute, when Clark scored the equalizer on a 30-yard free kick. The Mustangs, who outshot the Bulls 11-2 in the second half, scored on another free kick off the head of Camara. He leads the team with six goals this season. Neither squad was able to find the golden goal in overtime, and both left the field with a point in the standings.

dishkova,vernerWomen’s Tennis: Junior Hristina Dishkova and senior Holly Verner (both pictured left) had their run at the ITA Texas Regional end in the semifinals of the doubles draw on Sunday, Oct. 19, as they fell to TCU’s Seda Arantekin and Stefanie Tan; 6-4, 6-2. Dishkova, junior Vaszilisza Bulgakova and sophomore Dasha Sharapova all had their singles runs end in the round of 32. The Mustangs will return to action on Friday, Oct. 31 at the Houston Invitational.

kasjievsMen’s Tennis: Senior Arturs Kazijevs (pictured right) and junior Nate Lammons each won two matches at the USTA-ITA Texas Regional Championships on Sunday, Oct. 19 in College Station, Texas. Kazijevs began the tournament as the No. 9 seed, and reached the round of 16 before his tournament run ended in a three-set loss to Texas Tech’s Felipe Soares. The Mustangs compete again in the Larry Easley Memorial Classic in Las Vegas that begins on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Volleyball: Senior Caroline Young (pictured left) showed that she has returned to form with her second double-double in as many games in a 3-0 win over East Carolina at Moody Coliseum on Sunday, Oct. 19. Young recorded 11 kills and 10 digs just two weeks after an ankle injury removed her from a match against Memphis. youngJunior Abbey Bybel finished the match with 10 kills and 12 digs, posting her ninth double-double of the season, and junior Avery Acker tallied 38 assists and a team-high 13 digs for her team-best 15th double-double of the year. SMU is now 16-4 on the year, with an impressive 10-1 record at home. The Mustangs begin a four-match road trip against Temple on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. CT in Philadelphia.

souzaCross Country: The cross country team finished 23rd in a highly competitive 38-school field at the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, Oct. 17. The race featured 22 teams ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Sophomore Agnes Sjöström (20:29) and junior Shanoah Souza (20:46; pictured left) both recorded personal best times and finished in the top 60 of the 265-runner field. The Mustangs finished ahead of four ranked teams including No. 23 Providence, the defending national champions. SMU takes a week off before the American Athletic Conference Championships on Friday, Oct. 31 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Mustangs seek their fourth consecutive conference title and their sixth of the past seven years.

NCAA Football: Cincinnati at Southern MethodistFootball: SMU dropped its sixth straight game in a 41-3 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 18. The 0-6 start is the program’s worst since they went 1-11 in 2008. Cody Rademacher’s 29-yard field goal late in the first quarter cut the Cincinnati lead to 6-3, but SMU surrendered 22 points in the second quarter. The Mustangs host the Memphis Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. CT as part of SMU Family Weekend. The game will air on ESPNews.

JACOBSWomen’s Soccer: Missed opportunities plagued the women’s soccer team in a 2-0 loss to East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 19 in Greenville, North Carolina. Sophomore Kelsey Gorney’s shot in the 20th minute missed wide, followed by a shot ripped by midfielder Paige Jacobs (pictured left) from 25 yards out in the 28th minute that deflected off the crossbar. In the 42nd minute, freshman Diana Kay Manley, who made her first appearance of the year, fired a shot towards the upper right corner, but Pirates goalkeeper Erika Lenns made a diving, one-handed save.

The problems continued in a 2-1 loss to Tulsa at Westcott Field on Thursday, Oct. 23. Senior Olivia Elliott, playing forward for the first time this season, sent in a threatening cross in the fifth minute that barely missed the outstretched foot of Gorney. Elliot also missed wide right on two shots in the 11th and 12th minutes. Down 2-0 in the 84th minute, Elliot finally found the back of the net on a header. SMU pressured in the final minutes, but could not level the score. The Mustangs host Memphis in their season finale on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. CT.

Sports: Acker reaches milestone for SMU Volleyball

Avery AckerVolleyball: Junior setter Avery Acker recorded her 2,000th career assist, becoming just the sixth Mustang to do so, in a 3-0 win over USF on Sunday at Moody Coliseum. With the win, SMU improved to 12-2 overall and 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs will face Cincinnati and Memphis this weekend, both on the road. SMU is 10-4 combined all-time against the two schools.

NCAA Football: TCU vs. SMUFootball: TCU defeated SMU 56-0 for their third straight victory in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. The 56-point defeat was the largest in the 94 meetings between the two schools. The Mustangs travel to Greenville, North Carolina, on Saturday, Sept. 4 hoping to pick up their first win of the 2014 season against the No. 22 East Carolina Pirates. Fans can catch the game on ESPNU at 11 a.m. CT. The last time SMU traveled to Greenville, they left with a thrilling overtime victory to seal a spot in the 2010 Conference USA title game.

Men’s Basketball: Head Coach Larry Brown will host walk-on tryouts for the 2014-15 team on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Crum Basketball Center at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball: The Mustangs will be featured in 14 televised games this upcoming season, including five on the ESPN family of networks. All nine conference home games will be televised, starting with the Jan. 3 contest against Houston, which will be carried on the American Digital Network.

Men’s Soccer: The SMU men’s soccer team blanked Northern Illinois 2-0 in a mid-week match on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Westcott Field. Freshman Abdul Yassine scored his first collegiate goal in the 69th minute. The Mustangs will head to Orlando, Florida, for a Saturday night clash with American Athletic Conference opponent, UCF. The series between SMU and UCF is even at 3-3-3, and they played to a 0-0 draw in their last meeting on Oct. 19, 2013.

Claire OatesWomen’s Soccer: BYU defeated the SMU women’s soccer team 3-0 on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Westcott Field. The Mustangs held with the Cougars for a majority of the game, but surrendered three goals in the final 30 minutes. Freshman midfielder Claire Oates was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after recording a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Houston and leading the team in shots against BYU     . SMU is in the Sunshine State this weekend for games against No. 22 UCF on Friday, Oct. 3 in Orlando, Fla. and USF on Sunday, Oct. 5 in Tampa, Fla.

Cross CountryWomen’s Cross Country: The 24th-ranked SMU women’s cross country team finished second at the Ken Garland Invitational, hosted by the University of North Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Eagle Pointe Cross Country Course. The Mustangs, with an average time of 18:23, finished just 17 seconds behind Rice. SMU will head to South Bend, Indiana, for the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.

Equestrian: The SMU equestrian team split its two meets on Saturday, Sept. 27 with a win over Tennessee-Martin and a loss to No. 6 Baylor to conclude the Willis Invitational hosted by Baylor at the Willis Family Equestrian Center. The win was the first for the season and for first-year head coach Carol Gwin. The Mustangs will host Texas A&M at Sleepy P Ranch this Saturday, Oct. 4.

Men GolfMen’s Golf: The Mustangs will head to Erin, Wisconsin, to compete in the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. Marquette will host the three-day event that tees off on Sunday, Oct 5.

Women’s Golf: The SMU women’s golf team is set to participate in this weekend’s Schooner Fall Classic, hosted by the University of Oklahoma. The competition begins Saturday, Oct. 4 and concludes on Monday, Oct. 6. The Mustangs finished 12th in last year’s inaugural Schooner Fall Classic.

RowingRowing: The Mustangs begin their 2014-15 campaign on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Oklahoma City where they will participate in the Head of the Oklahoma.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The SMU women’s swimming and diving team opened the 2014-15 season with five top finishes at the North Texas Relays on Friday, Sept. 26 at the Southlake Natatorium. The Mustangs finished in the top-two of every event, which included competitors from North Texas and Tulane. SMU returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 18, when they will kick off the annual SMU Classic at the Westside Natatorium.

Sports: Away games and player recognition

Double weekend away: SMU volleyball will travel to Memphis Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 for a 6 p.m. game and to Temple Sunday, Oct. 13 for a noon game. The Mustangs are 6-4 all-time against the Tigers but this will be the first time they face Temple. SMU is currently tied for third in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-1 record and they are the second-most efficient hitting team with a .228 attack percentage.

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CCI: SMU men’s tennis will play in the Collin County Invitational in Plano this weekend. The men just wrapped up the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa where three players advanced to the main draw, Oct. 3-6, 2013. Junior Arturs Kazijevas played singles and fell in the second round of the consolation singles and sophomore Nate Lammons and senior Alex Sanders played doubles, for the first time together, and lost in the first round of consolations doubles. The 2013 Collin County Invitational is Oct. 11-12.

SMU Soccer:

  • Men: SMU men’s soccer plays at Cincinnati this Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. SMU is 3-1 all time against Cincinnati who is currently 0-4 in the American Athletic Conference. SMU is 1-1-1 in the conference after a tie against Temple earlier this week; sophomore Eddie Puskarich made the sole goal of the game. Head Coach Tim McClements commented on the game versus Temple, “We would have much rather had three points than one point, but I felt that we played well in the first half. I’m really proud the players came back after the goal in the second half and retook over the game at the end.” (SMU Athletics)
  • Women: SMU women’s soccer travels to New Jersey this weekend to play Rutgers Sunday, Oct. 13, 2103 at 12 p.m. SMU has a 2-2 record in the American Athletic Conference setting them at fifth. The last time SMU and Rutgers met was in 1989 and the Mustangs won; they are hoping for another victory this weekend.

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Highlights: SMU Athletics Recognized

  • SMU senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Additionally, he was named to the honorable mention list for College Football Performance Awards National Quarterback of the Week and the honor roll for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. Gilbert broke five single-game school records at the SMU vs. Rutgers game.
  • SMU senior wide receiver Jeremy Johnson was named the National Player of the Week by the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and the National Wide Receiver for the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Johnson tied the school record with 18 receptions and broke the school record with 217 receiving yards at the SMU vs. Rutgers game.
  • SMU senior and women’s soccer player Courtney Smith was named to the National Team of the Week by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
  • SMU cross country is rated fourth in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) South Central Region poll.

All photos via 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: SMU defeats TCU in volleyball in prelude to Iron Skillet

Kathryn WilkersonBeginning of the end? In what some Mustang fans no doubt hope is a prologue to victory against TCU football this weekend, the volleyball team gave a sound 3-1 thrashing to TCU on Sept 21. TCU struck first with a 25-18 victory in the opening game, which prompted Mustang stars like Dana Powell (double-double, 20 kills, 18 digs), Kathryn Wilkerson (right, double-double, 15 digs, 14 kills), and Sidney Stewart (16 digs) to win the next three straight games and finish off the Horned Frogs. The Mustangs will resume conference play with two matches against UAB on Sept. 24-25.

Get your red on: SMU is calling for a “RED OUT” for Friday’s much-awaited SMU-TCU game, which will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Mustang QB Kyle Padron, who threw 280 yards for four touchdowns (and added a rushing TD himself) in last week’s 35-21 shootout victory against Washington State, will be taking on the No. 4-ranked Horned Frogs in this year’s Battle for the Iron Skillet. SMU has earned the prized cooking utensil only once in the past ten years in a 21-10 victory on Sept. 10, 2005. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. For ticket and parking information, call the SMU Ticket Office at 214-SMU-GAME.

By the way, where did the Iron Skillet come from? Chris Dell of SMU News has the story.

Mary AlenbrattLucky number seven: After another weekend sweep, the men’s soccer team continues its perfect season with a 7-0-0 record and is now ranked ninth in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national poll. At last weekend’s Bradley Invitational, SMU came from behind to defeat Creighton 3-2 in double overtime on Sept. 17. A victory over host Bradley followed on Sept. 18 as the Mustangs posted a second straight comeback win of 3-1. Reigning C-USA Player of the Week Juan Castillo got both comebacks started by scoring the first SMU goal in both games. Junior Arthur Ivo converted two penalty kicks to seal the Creighton match, and freshman Robbie Derschang added two late goals in the 84th and 87th minutes of the Bradley match.

Running up the rankings: The cross country team has placed in the rankings for its third consecutive United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, with a No. 1 placing in the South Central region and a move up to No. 21 nationally. Sophomore Mary Alenbratt (right), winner of the C-USA Cross Country Athlete of the Week earlier this month, finished second in the UT-Arlington Season Opener. SMU returns to the track on Oct. 2 at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

Sports: SMU dominates UAB, Washington State up next

SMU defenders Taylor Reed (44) and Ryan Smith (20) combine to stop UAB wide receiver Patrick Hearn in the Mustangs' win on Saturday in Dallas.

Easy win, easy go: The 2010 SMU BCS bid campaign finally got rolling Sept. 11 as the Mustangs made a quick and easy time of defeating UAB, 28-7. (Right, defenders Taylor Reed (44) and Ryan Smith (20) take down UAB wide receiver Patrick Hearn, AP Photo / The Dallas Morning News, Louis DeLuca) After a small hiccup in the first quarter when UAB scored a touchdown to post their (only) lead of 7-0, SMU quickly got its offense in gear with two touchdowns scored by sophomore RB Zach Line, followed by two touchdown passes by sophomore QB Kyle Padron. The Mustangs are now tied for first in the C-USA West Division with Houston at one conference win for each team. SMU’s Sept. 18 game against Washington State will continue their three-game homestand in Dallas.

Mustangs moving up: The men’s soccer team continues its hot streak heading into this weekend’s series of games in Peoria, Illinois. The Mustangs, who swept the Hurricane Classic last weekend in Tulsa (2-0-0 against SIU-Edwardsville and Western Illinois) are now 5-0-0 on the season and have been ranked 18th nationwide in this week’s NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings. Freshman forward Juan Castillo was also named the C-USA Player Of The Week. The Mustangs will compete at the Bradley Tournament in Peoria Sept. 17 and 19, where they will battle Creighton and Bradley, respectively.

%20MaryAlenbratt150.jpgCross Country awards love: SMU runner Mary Alenbratt (right) was named C-USA Cross Country Athlete of the Week on Sept. 13, 2010, after posting a two-mile run time of 11:07.74 at the UT-Arlington Season Opener cross country event. Alenbratt, a sophomore from Bohus, Sweden, was one of four runners from SMU who placed in the top nine finishers in the race. The Mustangs will next compete at the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1.

Women’s soccer comeback: The women’s soccer team made a comeback effort to defeat New Mexico 1-0 Sept. 12, upping their season record to 4-2-1. Junior Logan May scored in the 78th minute, and goalkeeper Courtney Webb picked up her fourth shutout of the season and now has a 0.69 GAA on the season. The Mustangs travel north to Denton next for a match against UNT at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The “Mean Green” Eagles are 5-2-1 for the season, with their most recent matches being two consecutive 1-0 losses at Sam Houston and Texas Tech.

Tennis season coming up: The women’s tennis team has four players who have placed in the Fall ITA Preseason Rankings – a first in school history. Junior Marta Lesniak holds the highest placing for a Mustang since 1993 at No. 22, with a career singles record of 43-8. Fellow junior Aleksandra Malyarchikova is ranked No. 95 with a 39-6 record. Sophomore Edyta Cieplucha is ranked No. 109 after a rookie record of 18-2, and junior transfer from Vanderbilt Heather Steinbauer is No. 117 with a 33-17 career record. All four will play in the The Riviera/ITA All-American Championship, beginning on Oct. 2 at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

Sports: Cross country ranked No. 1 in South Central Region

SMU Cross Country, C-USA Champs 2009The cross country team earned its second consecutive Conference USA Championship Nov. 1 and has moved up to the No. 1 ranking in the South Central Region, voted on by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Mustangs are also the No. 25 team in the country. The Mustangs return to action Nov. 14 at the 2009 NCAA South Central Regional in Waco. Read more.

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Hot Links: C-USA Outdoor Championships begin May 14

SMU senior forward Mouhammad FayeThe track and field team will compete in the 2009 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship May 14-16 at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma. SMU enters the Championships with a national ranking of No. 23 from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)

Sophomore Silje Fjørtoft, the 2008 C-USA cross country champion, will defend her 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m titles this weekend. Last season, she became the first C-USA distance runner to claim both titles in the same outdoor season. Senior Christina Mueller currently holds the league’s 3rd-best distance of 51.13m (167-09) in the discus. She won the 2008 title with a throw of 54.26m (178-00). Currently, first-year teammate Simone du Toit tops the C-USA with a throw of 57.35m (188.02) that ranks 2nd in the nation. Read more.

In men’s basketball, senior forward Mouhammad Faye (left) has been named to the 2009 Senegal national team. The team will compete in the Zone 2 qualifying event of the 2009 African Championships May 15-20 in Mali. If the Senegalese advance from the Zone 2 qualifier, they will compete in the 25th African Championships Aug. 5-15 in Libya. Read more.

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