Sports: Postseason Mustang basketball

Keena Mays

Sports: Postseason Mustang basketball

Photo by Vladimir Cherry, Courtesy of SMU Athletics

Photo by Vladimir Cherry, Courtesy of SMU Athletics

The regular season for men and women’s basketball has ended, but Moody Magic has not. Both the men and women have home postseason games this week, the men on Wednesday, March 19 and women on Thursday, March 20.

Men’s Basketball: SMU was chosen as the #1 seed for the 2014 National Invitation Tournament. Their first game on Wednesday is against #8 seed UC Irvine at 8 p.m. UC Irvine won the Big West regular season title, and SMU finished third in the American Athletic Conference. Wednesday’s game will be the first in history between the two teams.

SMU finished the season with a 23-9 record and numerous honors. For the first time in program history, SMU is ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Poll. Sophomore Nic Moore was named to the first team of the American Athletic Conference, U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District Team and the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 25 First Team.

Sophomore Markus Kennedy was also recognized; he was named a second-team honoree for the American Athletic Conference and to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 25 Second Team.

Finally, Head Coach Larry Brown was named the District VII Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

The winner of Wednesday’s game will play either San Francisco or LSU in the second round. The final game of the NIT is scheduled for Thursday, April 3.

Women’s Basketball: For the first time in program history SMU will host the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Their first game is Thursday, March 20 against Texas Southern at 7 p.m. This will be the team’s sixth appearance in the WNIT after finishing the season with a 17-3 record.

The women finished fifth in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference with several players honored. Senior Keena Mays was named to the first team of the AAC, Senior Akil Simpson was named to the second team of the AAC and Kiara Parry was named to the All-Freshman team of the AAC.

The winner of Thursday’s game will play either Minnesota or Green Bay in the second round. The final game is scheduled for Saturday, April 5.

Tickets: Tickets for either game can be purchased at smumustangs.com/tickets or by calling 214-768-4263.

March 18, 2014|Sports|

Sports: Basketball doubleheader, Swimming preps for championship

Swimming season wraps up: The SMU women’s swimming team has its final dual meet of the season Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. The women will end the season at home against North Texas. On Saturday, Feb. 1 the Mustangs move on to time trials, also at home, beginning at 10 a.m. The team will honor seven seniors before Saturday’s time trials.

Looking ahead, the Inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship will be Feb. 19-22, 2014. In the AAC, SMU currently sits 1st in three relays: 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley.

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SMU senior swimmers to be recognized on Saturday (Images via SMU Athletics)

Back-to-Back Basketball:

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Make the most of Saturday’s doubleheader!

  • Men’s: The Mustangs return to Moody Coliseum for a game against Memphis Saturday, Feb. 1. The men enter the game after a loss on the road to USF, 78-71, that ended their five-game winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m., and the game will be aired on CBS SportsNetwork.
  • Women’s: Immediately following the men’s game Saturday, SMU women’s basketball faces Temple at 3:30 p.m. In their last game, the Lady Mustangs defeated Cincinnati, 66-47, and senior Keena Mays scored 24 points. SMU Athletics has declared Saturday a “Dads and Daughters Game.” For $30, fans will receive two tickets, two hot dogs and drinks and two commemorative hats. Please call 214-768-1077 to purchase this package.

Track to Lubbock: SMU women’s track and field is heading to Lubbock this weekend for the Red Raider Invitational. The meet runs Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and is the third for the Mustangs during the indoor season. Junior Stephanie Kalu was recently named Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week after taking first place in the 60-meter dash. She finished with a time of 7.34 seconds at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational, placing her 1st in the AAC and 9th in the nation.

January 30, 2014|Sports|

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.

(Image via SMU Athletics) 

February 14, 2013|Sports|

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)

February 1, 2013|Sports|
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