Sports: Basketball doubleheader, Swimming preps for championship

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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: Basketball season begins, Volleyball senior day

Volleyball final home games: SMU Women’s Volleyball play their two final home games of the season Nov. 15-17. The Mustangs are currently 4th in the AAC with a 9-4 record and have the league’s second most efficient offense. The first game is Friday, Nov. 15 against temple at 7 p.m.; Temple has a 8-4 record in the AAC. The final home game is Sunday, Nov. 17 against Memphis at 1 p.m.; Memphis has a 4-8 record in the AAC. Sunday’s game is also Senior Day, and the Mustangs will honor teammates Caroline Day and Maddie Lozano. Sophomore Avery Acker was also recently recognized with CoSIDA Academic All-District honors; she is the second player in SMU history to earn this distinction.

Volleyball seniors via SMU Athletics

Volleyball seniors via SMU Athletics

Football remembers Miracle on Mockingbird: The Mustangs return to Ford Stadium Saturday, Nov. 16 to take on the UConn Huskies. This is the second time in history SMU will play UConn; the last game was Sept. 16, 1989 and led to the team’s first victory after a two-year hiatus from football. SMU was able to win 31-30 by pulling ahead in the last five minutes, and the game became known as “the Miracle on Mockingbird.” The Mustangs enter this weekend’s matchup with a 2-2 record in the AAC conference and quarterback Garrett Gilbert leading the nation in total offense with a 409.4 ypg. Kickoff is at 2 p.m., and ESPN3 will air the game.

Basketball Begins

  • Men’s: The Mustang men are currently 2-0 in the AAC after winning their first two home games. They kicked off the season with a victory against TCU 69-61 and continued the winning steak against Rhode Island 89-58. Through the two games SMU held its opponents to a 32.7 percent shooting. The next game for the men is Monday, Nov. 18 at Arkansas. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
  • Women’s: The lady Mustangs have also had a strong start to their season, securing a 2-0 record in the AAC conference. The women most recently defeated rival TCU in overtime 72-68. They will hit the road for their third game against Eastern Washington, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Eastern Washington enters the game with a 0-1 record after losing their season opener to Portland. SMU’s Keena Mays became the first women’s basketball player to earn AAC Player of the Week after scoring more than 20 points in the Mustangs’ first two games.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will both return to Moody Coliseum on Jan. 4, 2014 for a double header.

November 13, 2013|Sports|

Sports Recap: Fall season coming to an end

The end of the line: SMU women’s soccer had a weekend of AAC championship play. The Mustangs defeated Temple 3-0 on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals, Nov. 3. Junior Rikki Clarke scored the first two goals in Friday’s game and freshman Taylor Barg made the final goal. Sunday’s quarterfinal game marked the end of the season for the Mustangs after a 3-0 loss to UCF. Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said the team was timid in the first half of Sunday’s game; there was more momentum in the second half when SMU outshot UCF 8-6. The Mustangs end their fall season with a 3-5-1 record in the American Athletic Conference.

End of conference, start of championship: SMU men’s soccer ended 2013 AAC play with a 1-0 loss to UConn on Sunday, Nov. 3. Head Coach Tim McClements commented on Sunday’s game, “I felt like we were able to play good soccer throughout, and I thought we were able to move the ball and maintain possession, which created good opportunities” (SMU Athletics). In conjunction with the last conference game the men celebrated Senior Day and recognized seven seniors for their accomplishments.

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The Mustangs will face UConn again on Nov. 9 for the quarterfinal game of the AAC Conference Championship at 4 p.m.

Weekend sweep: SMU women’s volleyball had a winning weekend, defeating Rutgers Friday, Nov. 1 3-0 and UConn Sunday, Nov. 3, also 3-0. Junior Caroline Young led the offense during Sunday’s game with a match-high 12 kills. The Mustangs now sit 8-3 for the AAC and will travel to Cincinnati on Nov. 8 for their next game.

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Finishing strong:  SMU women’s cross country placed first at Saturday’s Inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship. Six runners earned all-confernce honors and five of them placed in the top ten at the Nov. 2 race. Coach Cathy Casey was also honored with Coach of the Year. This win marks the third straight championship for the Mustangs. Freshman Toya Magnuson placed second overall with a time of 20:23.16. Next up for the Mustangs is the South Central Regional Championship on Nov, 16 in Waco, TX.

See you in spring: SMU Men’s Tennis wrapped up their fall season this weekend at the Jack Kramer Club Invite, Nov. 1-3, 2013. Senior Alex Sanders and sophomore Nate Lammons won the doubles championship and senior Mischa Nowicki advanced to the semifinals for the singles. In addition, freshman Tony Russell made his first appearance for SMU this season and defeated Raphael Davidian of Utah in a singles match. Head Coach Carl Neufeld gave his remarks on the weekend, “All the guys had good results in this invitational at a historic venue. This was a great way to finish the fall, with great effort and results” (SMU Athletics).

November 4, 2013|Sports|

Sports: Soccer to semi-finals, Cross Country to NCAA regionals

C-USA Championship: SMU men’s soccer will travel to Hoover, Alabama this weekend for Conference USA 2012 championship play.  On Friday, Nov. 9, the Mustangs will take on Kentucky in the semi-final game. SMU is 7-4 all-time in games against Kentucky, and if they win they will play in the C-USA championship game this Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

The Mustangs closed out the season with various honors. Head coach Tim McClements was named coach of the year, junior, Jamie Ibarra was named player of the year and defensive player of the year, senior T.J. Nelson and sophomores Tyler Engel, Damian Rosales and Aaron Simmons were named to the All-Conference USA second team. IN addition, Michael King and John Lujano were named to the C-USA all-freshman team. Friday’s game starts at 5 p.m. and Sunday’s starts at 1 p.m. (Pictured left, Jamie Ibarra.)

End of season: SMU volleyball will have their final weekend of 2012 Conference USA matches in a back-to-back home stand Nov. 9-11. On Friday, the Mustangs face Houston at 7 p.m.; on Sunday, they will play Rice at 1 p.m. Sunday’s game is Senior Day, and there will be a ceremony before the game to honor the squad’s three seniors: Olivia Bailey, Susan Lewis and Courtney Manning. The last time SMU was matched against Houston and Rice they were defeated, but they are looking for comebacks this weekend to finish the conference season strong.

NCAA meets: SMU cross country will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas Friday, Nov. 9 for the 2012 NCAA South Central Regional Championships. The Mustangs won their fourth Conference USA title this season; Cathy Casey received coach of the year honors, and first-year Ashlee Powers and senior Mary Alenbratt received first-team All C-USA honors. In addition, freshmen Karoline Skatteboe and Shenoah Souze and junior Caitlin Keen received second team All-C-USA honors. SMU has eight runners going to regionals Friday, five of whom are first-years, and they enter the weekend ranked No. 3 in the region. If they finish first or second, they are guaranteed a spot at nationals on Nov. 17. (Pictured right, Mary Alenbratt.)

Golden Eagles: SMU football will take on Southern Miss at home this Saturday, Nov. 10. This is the Mustangs second to last home game (and last Boulevard) of the season. Southern Miss, the reigning C-USA champion, is 0-5 in C-USA this year while SMU is 3-2 in conference play. The Mustangs enter the game after being defeated by UCF last Saturday, and they are looking for their fourth straight bowl berth. The game starts at 6 p.m., and FOX Sports will broadcast it live.

The week ahead: SMU men and women’s swimming and diving travel to Houston for the 2012 Cougar Invitational, Nov. 15-17.

(Photos courtesy of SMU Athletics)

November 9, 2012|Sports|

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.

(Images courtesy of SMU Athletics) 

October 26, 2012|Sports|
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