A new season of Moody Magic opens on November 10 when a trio of talented returning players fronts SMU men’s basketball, the reigning American Athletic Conference champions, against UMBC, and four returning starters lead the women’s team against Nicholls State in Moody Coliseum.
SMU men’s basketball only returns three rotation players from last season’s squad that captured the conference championship, but it’s an extremely talented and experienced core for the 2017-18 team to build around. Senior Ben Emelogu II ’18, along with juniors Shake Milton ’19 and Jarrey Foster ’19, have all been through the battles and played a huge role in SMU making the NCAA Tournament.
“Even though we only have three guys (returning), they are guys you wouldn’t trade for the world,” head coach Tim Jankovich said. “They’re tremendous competitors. They’re all very bright. They help us set a tone of what this program is all about and how we’ve gotten to where we’ve gotten and what is really valued here.”
SMU women’s basketball returns four of five starters, including all-conference honoree Alicia Froling ’18. McKenzie Adams ’18 averaged 12.2 points per game a year after leading the Mustangs in scoring with 13.4 points per game as a sophomore. Kiara Perry ’18 led the team with 58 steals and was tied for the team lead with 84 assists. Stephanie Collins ’18 started 19 games and led the Mustangs with a 52.0 shooting percentage. The Mustangs also set a program record with 187 blocks.
SMU plays 13 non-conference games, featuring road trips at Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Alabama. The Mustangs also play at UT Arlington and the University of North Texas as well as two games in a Thanksgiving tournament at Nevada.