women’s basketball

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.

SMU Athletics reveals new Moody Coliseum court design

With the $47 million renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum moving closer to completion, SMU Athletics has revealed the new floor design for the historic facility.

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The court will have a blue border to contrast with the red seating and accents of the arena’s lower section. White lines will mark the lanes, three-point arcs and mid-court stripe. To keep the design clean, classic and simple, there will be no paint inside the lanes.

The center-court logo includes the blue SMU word mark and red pony. In addition, web and social media markings have been added to the sidelines (SMUMustangs.com and @SMUMustangs).

“Our goal was simple: create a nationally-recognized floor design that complements the Moody Coliseum renovation while maintaining the heritage and tradition of SMU basketball,” said Erik Herskind ’87, principal at Greenlight, the firm that created the design.

Learn more about the renovation at NewMoody.com

The new design also focuses on branding the University and SMU Athletics as the Mustangs’ exposure reaches unprecedented levels. All 18 men’s basketball conference games will be nationally televised during SMU’s inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.

“We’re proud of where the design landed,” Herskind said. “It was a highly collaborative process between the design team at Greenlight and the staff at SMU. As an SMU alum, and father of an SMU sophomore, it was a particularly rewarding project for me. To be able to give back to the school this way feels great.”

The new court design will be ready for the opening home doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. The new Moody will open to Mustang fans with the men hosting Connecticut at 1 p.m. and the women facing South Florida at 3:30 p.m.

> Read the full story from SMU News

Sports: Golf swings into season, men’s soccer to host tournament

Volleyball starts strong: SMU Volleyball was victorious at the 2013 SMU Invitational last weekend, putting the team at a 5-2 record for the season. Several players were recognized for their efforts in the tournament:

Screen shot 2013-09-12 at 2.18.54 PMThis weekend the Mustangs will travel to San Diego for the Aztec Invitational. On Friday, Sept. 13, they play San Francisco at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 14, they play Harvard at noon and Northeastern at 7:30 p.m. This is the team’s first time facing both San Francisco and Northeastern. Player photos via SMU Athletics 

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Golf begins fall season: SMU Men’s Golf will travel to Illinois for the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational (OFCC) Sept. 13-15. The Mustangs will join 15 other teams at the OFCC tournament, in which they placed 9th during the 2012 season. Sophomore Bryson Dechambeau was named one of GolfWorld’s “Top 50 Male Players to Watch” and last season was a First Team All-C-USA member, as well as receiving the C-USA Freshman of the Year Award. SMU is currently ranked 21st and hopes to start the season strong. Left: Sophomore David Lee via SMU Athletics  

Jason’s Deli SMU Invitational: The men’s soccer team is having a tough start to the season, currently 0-4, but the Mustangs hope to turn things around at their home invitational this weekend. As hosts of the Jason’s Deli SMU Invitational Sept. 13-15, they play Hartwick Friday at 7:30 p.m. and UMKC Sunday at 7 p.m. In the 2012 season, the Mustangs were 2-0 at the Jason’s Deli invitational and hope to repeat that outcome this weekend. SMU faculty, staff and students receive free admission to the games by presenting their SMU ID at the entrance of Westcott Field.

Basketball schedules announced: The SMU men’s and women’s basketball schedules have been announced for the 2013-2014 season. The men will play TCU on Friday, Nov. 8 in a Tip-Off Showcase, and the women will play Grambling State on Sunday, Nov. 10. Both teams  begin conference play on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

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SMU Football recognized: The Mustangs may not have a game this weekend, but their players are being honored for their work thus far.

  • Freshman JaBryce Taylor was named American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards National Punt Returner of the Week
  • Senior Chase Hover was named to the Honorable Mention list for Placekicker Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards
  • Senior Garrett Gilbert was placed on the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll

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: 

 (Images c/o SMU Athletics) 

Sports: B-ball plays last games in Moody, men’s tennis weekend play

Basketball says goodbye to Moody:

  • Men: The men were victorious against Rice  67-55 on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in their final game before the Moody Coliseum renovation. The Mustangs celebrated Senior Night prior to the game, and SMU alumnus Bobby Mills took a final shot after the last buzzer, making him the owner of both the first and last basket in the historic coliseum. (Mills scored the first basket in Moody on Dec. 3, 1956.) The Mustangs travel to Alabama Saturday, Mar. 2 to take on UAB at 2 p.m.
  • Women: The women play their final home game, and their last before the renovation, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 3 against UTEP. Currently, the Mustangs (20-7 overall) lead Conference USA with a record of 11-3. Moody Coliseum will reopen in December 2013.

Tennis comes back strong: SMU Men’s Tennis travels to TCU Friday, March 1 for a 5:30 p.m. match and returns home to play Tulane at noon Sunday, March 3 at Dallas’ Samuell Grand Tennis Center. The men enter the weekend after defeating Arkansas-Fort Smith 7-0 last weekend. It was their first match in three weeks, giving them ample time to practice and improve their play. The Mustangs are at 2-4 for their spring season.

Mustang Highlights:

SMU Men’s Swimming took first place in the C-USA Championship Meet Feb. 20-23, 2013. The women finished in third:

  • Mindaugas Sadauskas: Men’s Swimmer of the Meet
  • Isabella Arcila: Women’s Swimmer of the Meet
  • Devin Burnett: Men’s Diver of the Meet
  • Eddie Sinnott: Co-Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year
  • Jim Stillson: Men’s Diving Coach of the Year

SMU Track and Field finished fifth at the C-USA Indoor Championship:

  • Mary Alenbratt: Broke the school record for the 3000 meter run
  • Craisha Washington, Rachel Scruggs, Isis Wilson and Stephanie Kalu: Broke the school record for the 4×400 meter relay

SMU Women’s Tennis extended their winning streak to four matches.

(Images c/o SMU Athletics) 

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) 

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: Swimming & Diving at USA Nationals, basketball updates

photo c/o SMU Athletics

USA Nationals: Men and women’s swimming and diving will travel to Austin for the 2012 USA Nationals, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The Mustangs enter the weekend after placing third at the Phil Hansel Invitational Nov. 15-17. The women placed third out of fifteen schools and the men were third out of six schools. In addition, the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay team qualified for the NCAA Championship this spring with their time of 3:16.51 at the Phil Hansel Invitational. USA Nationals begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.

Basketball Lineup:

  •  SMU women’s basketball will play at home, Saturday, Dec. 1. The Mustangs are up against Texas-Pan American, whom they have played just once before in 1987. The women were just barely defeated in their game Wednesday night versus TCU with a score of 76-70 putting them at 5-2 for the season. The game Saturday tips off at 2 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.
  • SMU men’s basketball will travel to New York to play Hofstra on Saturday, Dec. 1.  This game marks the first of five away games for the men who won their home game against Utah on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Mustangs stand 7-1 for the season with junior Nick Russell receiving honors for the Hoops for Hope Classic All-Tournament Team earlier this month. The game Saturday starts at 3 p.m.

SMU Athletics games will resume on December 15, 2012 

 

Sports: Soccer NCAA play, basketball season off to a strong start

NCAA: SMU men’s soccer fell to Tulsa 5-0 on Sunday, Nov. 11 in the 2012 C-USA Championship game. Despite the loss, senior T.J. Nelson, junior Juan Castillo and sophomore Andrew Morales were all named to the C-USA Championship All-Tournament team. The Mustangs will play again Thursday, Nov. 15 against Winthrop in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Winthrop is in the Big South Conference and SMU has never faced them before. The game is at 7 p.m. at Westcott Field, and there is a $2 entry special to anyone who brings two canned food items to the ticket office for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s “Let’s SAAC Hunger” program.

C-USA Championship: SMU volleyball has C-USA championship play this weekend, Nov.16-18; the Mustangs were able to advance to the championship despite falling to Rice on Sunday. SMU travels to Oklahoma to face No. 1 seed Tulsa at noon Friday, Nov. 16. Afterward, the team returns home for the last two matches of the season. Senior Courtney Manning and sophomore Caroline Young have been named to the C-USA All-Conference team; senior Olivia Bailey was named to the conference’s All-Academic Team.

Basketball Season:

  • Men: SMU men’s basketball travels to Fort Worth to play TCU Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. This is the 188th matchup between SMU and TCU; when they met last season, SMU won 68-62. The Mustangs play away again on Saturday, Nov. 17 versus Texas State at 7 p.m. and then return home for a game Monday, Nov. 19 against Malone at 8 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.
  • Women: SMU women’s basketball plays North Texas Thursday, Nov. 15. SMU is 27-16 all-time against North Texas and currently 2-0 for their season. Thursday’s game is at 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum and the women will play at home again, Monday, Nov. 19 against Arkansas-Little Rock at 5:30 p.m.

(Image courtesy of SMU Athletics)

Basketball season begins Nov.10-11, 2012

This weekend marks the start of the 2012-13 Basketball season.

First up are the women who play on Saturday, Nov. 10. The women will take on Alcorn State at noon in Moody Coliseum. This is the first of seven games in 19 days, six of which are at home, for the women. The Mustangs are lead by head coach Rhonda Rompola who has been the women’s basketball coach since 1991 and earned her 300th career victory on Jan. 13, 2008. Rompola is also an SMU grad herself.

The men start their season on Sunday, Nov. 11. The men will play LMU at 6 p.m. in Moody Coliseum and this is the first of 9 games in 21 days for them. The men are led by new head coach Larry Brown; he is the only coach to win both an NCAA title and an NBA Championship. This season marks the 38th for Coach Brown and the 97th for Mustang basketball.

This is the Mustangs first season in the Big East Conference. Be sure to check out the men’s and women’s full season schedules, and Pony Up!

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