The No. 14 SMU men’s basketball team locked up at least a share of the 2016-17 American Athletic Conference regular-season championship with a decisive 93-70 victory over Tulsa on Thursday, March 2 in Moody Coliseum.
Redshirt junior psychology major Semi Ojeleye, who earlier in the day had been named to the CoSIDA 2016-17 Academic All-America second team, was perfect from the field. Yet he was more impressed with a play from a sitting position by sophomore Shake Milton that set up a Mustang goal and made highlight reels throughout sports media. (See a video profile of Ojeleye by SMU News’ Myles Taylor in the video link above.)
Milton maintained control of the ball after tripping just past midcourt, even dribbling between his legs, before passing to senior sport management major Sterling Brown, who delivered the alley-oop to Ojeleye. Milton racked up his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 assists, even without getting any stats for the highlight play.
Ojeleye made all nine of his field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers, and all five starters scored in double figures for the Mustangs (26-4, 16-1). Sophomore Jarrey Foster added 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while Brown scored 19 points and senior English major Ben Moore netted 12 .
The Mustangs have a 12-game winning streak and a one-game lead in the AAC standings over No. 18 Cincinnati (26-4, 15-2), which won its home finale 65-47 over Houston earlier Thursday night. They can take sole possession of the league title with a win at home Saturday over Memphis.
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.
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.
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 matchFriday, 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.
Last game in C-USA: SMU men’s soccer will travel to Memphis for their last game in Conference USA this season. With only one more game to play, the Mustangs have earned the Conference USA regular season title with a 6-1 record and are the No. 1 seed for the 2012 Conference USA Championship Nov. 7-11. The game against Memphis is at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 and will be broadcast on the Fox soccer channel.
Season semi-final: SMU women’s soccer will take on UCF at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 in El Paso for the semi-final round of the Conference USA championship. The Mustangs enter the game after defeating Rice 3-1 on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and if the Mustangs win against UCF they will advance to the Conference USA championship game on Sunday for the first time in history. The Lady Mustangs also received well deserved recognition this week: Mallory Baum was named First Team All C-USA and First Team C-USA All-Academic; Shelby Redman and Rikki Clarke were honorees for Second Team All C-USA; and Courtney Smith received Third Team All C-USA honors.
UCF rematch: The Mustangs will travel to Orlando this weekend to take on UCF, a game that will be a “rematch” of the 2010 Conference USA Championship game. The last time SMU and UCF were matched up in 2011, SMU won with a score of 38-17. SMU currently leads the nation in pick-sixes and is tied for the national lead in total takeaways and interceptions. The game starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 and will air on CBS Sports.
Rival Rice: SMU women’s swimming and diving will take on “conference foe” Rice on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Mustangs enter the meet after being defeated by Texas A&M at their first dual meet of the season last Friday. The meet Saturday starts at 3 p.m. in Perkins Natatorium.
The week ahead: SMU men’s golf will travel to San Martin, California for three days of golf in the 2012 Cordevalle Collegiate, Nov. 5-7.
Premium seating is sold out for the 2010 Mustang football season, according to a statement from SMU Athletics. With about 4 months remaining before the home opener, SMU has sold all 29 suites and 731 club seats in Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Overall sales are also significantly ahead of last season’s pace. Read more.
Sophomore tennis player Marta Lesniak (right), currently ranked No. 28, begins play in the 2010 NCAA Singles Championship against No. 15 Venise Chan of Washington at 4:30 p.m. CT May 26 in Athens, Georgia. She earned her automatic spot in the 64-person field as Conference USA’s highest-ranked player and is making her second consecutive appearance in the national championship.
The track and field team finished 5th with a score of 76.33 points at the 2010 Conference USA Championships May 13-15 in Orlando, Florida. Sophomore thrower Simone Du Toit (left) – the co-Conference USA Track and Field Athlete of the Week of May 4, 2010 – scored victories in the shot put and discus with throws of 16.33m and 54.06m, respectively. Senior Lauren Kuhner placed third in the discus with a personal best of 47.64m.
The team dominated the women’s 3000m steeplechase as the Mustangs swept medalist honors. Junior Silje Fjortoft took gold with a time of 10:14.67, followed by junior Kristine Eikrem-Engeset and freshman Klara Bodinson with times of 10:28.71 and 10:34.52. Fjortoft also had a 4th-place finish in the 5000m run with a time of 16:33.21. First-year runner Mary Alenbratt finished third in the 1500m with a personal-best time of 4:25.00, and sophomore Amber Evans earned 6th in the 200m dash, finishing in 24.34 seconds.