Sports: SMU Athletics on the Rise

Nic Moore

Sports: SMU Athletics on the Rise

footballcalendar2016 SMU Football Schedule Released: The 2016 SMU Football schedule has been released and includes home games with TCU, Houston and Memphis. Be looking out for the match-up of SMU vs. TCU on September 23, 2016.

SMU Men’s Soccer Team adds ten for 2016: Head Coach Kevin Hudson has announced that ten new players will be joining the SMU Men’s Soccer Team in 2016. These players will join the ranks of a team which ended the season with a 15-3-4 record, an American Athletic Conference regular season title and an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance. Hudson believes the elite group of new players will immediately make the team better.

Feb 7, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs guard Nic Moore (11) shoots a three pointer against the South Florida Bulls during the second half at USF Sun Dome. SMU defeated South Florida 93-59. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Nic Moore named to Wooden Award Late Season Top 20: SMU senior Nic Moore, the reigning American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, was named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20. This prestigious honor recognizes the top player in the country. Moore is also one of the ten finalists for the Bob Cousey Award and was named to the Naismith and Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch Lists.

SMU Head Football Coach Chad Morris builds team with Texas recruits: Chad Morris prepares for his second season on the job by assembling a recruiting class entirely from Texas. Morris prides himself on the accomplishment and wants to continue to build the team through Texas recruits. Texas has always been a large and competitive recruiting state but Morris has yet to back down from any challenges thrown his way.

spike2Aaron “Spike” Davis named to US Eagles Rugby Team: SMU football alumnus, Aaron “Spike” Davis has been called up to the USA Men’s Eagles Rugby Team in preparation for the Americans Rugby Championship Match. The match will be played on Saturday, February 13th against Canada at the Dell Diamond in Austin, Texas. Davis played for the SMU Football team for four years and participated in mini-camps with the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins before transitioning to rugby.


February 12, 2016|Sports|

Sports: Chad Morris introduced as new SMU head football coach

morrisFootball: Former Clemson offensive coordinator and Texas high school football coach Chad Morris was introduced as the new head football coach at SMU at a press conference on Monday, Dec. 1. Morris was named AFCA National Assistant Coach of the Year and one of five finalists for National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by in 2013, and the National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by in 2011. Morris served as a head coach on the Texas high school level for 16 years, posting a 169-38 record overall and winning back-to-back undefeated state championships in his final two seasons at Lake Travis. In all, Morris took six of his teams to Texas State Championship Games, with three of those teams capturing state titles, and earned Coach of the Year honors 11 times.

The hire was a nice pick-me-up after a loss to in-state rival Houston on Friday, Nov. 28. Sophomore Matt Davis threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Gaines to give the Mustangs a 9-7 lead and hopes of picking up their first win. NCAA Football: Houston vs. SMUCougars running back Kenneth Farrow ran for two touchdowns, and quarterback Greg Ward Jr. added another to put Houston back on top 28-9 at the end of the third quarter. Davis had 145 yards passing for SMU, and led the Mustangs with 70 yards rushing on 20 carries. SMU will have one final shot for a win in their season finale on the road against Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11:00 a.m. CT. The game will air on CBS Sports Network.

heiseVolleyball: It was a weekend of broken records, as SMU won a program-record 15th match at home, defeating Tulsa 3-1 on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Sophomore Janelle Giordano scored a match-high 12 kills, and junior Cailin Bula and sophomore Kristen Stehling each added 11 kills. Sopomore Morgan Heise finished with 22 digs. The Mustangs set another record for overall victories in a season, winning their 26th in a 3-0 sweep at East Carolina on Friday, Nov. 28.

Heise made program history by breaking the record for digs in a season after tallying 11 in the match, bringing her season total to 626. She passed Sydney Stewart who had 625 during the 2011 season. Senior Caroline Young led all attackers with 15 kills, in addition to 10 digs for her ninth double-double of the year. She was also named Libero of the Year in the American Athletic Conference, and was one of four Mustangs named to the all-conference team. Young and Avery Acker joined Heise on the first-team, and Giordano earned second-team honors.

yanickMen’s Basketball: Senior Yanick Moreira led SMU with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a wire-to-wire 78-72 loss to No. 25 Arkansas on Tuesday, Nov. 25. It was a game of runs as the Mustangs had an 18-6 run that pulled them within six, but then the Razorbacks responded with an 11-2 run of their own. SMU rallied again from 19 down to make the score 73-68 with 37 seconds remaining, nicmoorebut Arkansas held off the comeback.

The Mustangs bounced back the following night with a 72-59 win over Texas Southern. Junior Nic Moore scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 3-0f-4 from beyond the arc. Moore continued his hot streak in a 63-51 victory over Monmouth on Sunday, Nov. 30, scoring 18 of the team’s first 22 points and finishing with 23 points total. Moore was named to the watch list for the 2015 Naismith Award, given to the top men’s basketball player. Moore and SMU improved their record to 4-3 on the season, and are back in action at 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 5 against Wyoming in Moody Coliseum. The game will be televised on ESPNews.

brameWomen’s Basketball: Freshmen Alicia Froling and Taylor Brame recorded their first career double-doubles, and junior Destynee Hives-McCray recorded her third double-double of the season in a commanding 77-46 win over Florida A&M on Friday, Nov. 28 to advance to the championship of the SMU Thanksgiving Classic. Hives-McCray finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.  Froling added 14 points and 10 boards, while Brame posted 11 points and 13 rebounds.hivesmccray

USC edged the Mustangs, 64-57, in the championship on Saturday, Nov. 29. Junior forward Destynee Hives-McCray scored eight points and grabbed 13 boards, earning all-tournament honors. A night after holding Florida A&M to 19.1 percent shooting, the Mustangs limited the Trojans to just 23.5% from the field in the first half. However, USC came alive in the second half, scoring 46 of their 64 points after the break. SMU’s bounced back with a 62-55 win against North Texas on Wednesday, Dec. 3 for their eighth win in nine years over the Metroplex rivals. Gabrielle Wilkins paced the Mustangs’ scoring with 15 points. SMU squares off with Arizona State on the road on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4:00 p.m. CT.

burnettMen’s Swimming and Diving: Senior diver Devin Burnett was named the American Athletic Conference’s Diver of the Week for the second consecutive week on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The reigning conference diver of the year was honored last week for his dominating performance against TCU. This week, he was honored for third-place finishes in the one-meter, three-meter and platform dives at the Art Adamson Invitational.

Equestrian: Senior Emma Roberts and sophomore Sylvia de Toledo were named United Equestrian Riders of the Month for November. Both riders won their head-to-head matchups in November road meets against New Mexico State and South Dakota State. Roberts earned the accolade for equitation over fences. De Toledo’s second Rider of the Month honor is for equitation on the flat.

Rowing: Head rowing coach Doug Wright has announced the hiring of Paige Love as an assistant coach for the program. Love spent the last seven years coaching at White Rock Lake for Dallas United Crew, the largest juniors club rowing program in Texas. During her time at DUC, she helped double the size of their high school competitive rowing program, and coached boats that were competitive in the region and regularly qualified boats to compete at Youth Nationals. She’s had more than 30 graduating student-athletes continue to row in college.

A standout collegiate student-athlete, Love was born and raised in Dallas and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism, focusing on strategic communications, from the University of Kansas. While at KU, Love rowed for the Division I rowing program from 2002-06.

December 5, 2014|Sports|

Sports: SMU equestrian team upsets No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Georgia

equestrianEquestrian: It came down to the final ride, but the equestrian team pulled out an upset over top-ranked Georgia at the Sleepy P Ranch on Sunday, Oct. 26. The win helped SMU climb to No. 6 in the latest NCEA poll. The Mustangs and Bulldogs were tied 9-9, but SMU outscored Georgia 1525.25-1350 in raw score. Junior Alex Butterworth earned Most Outstanding Player honors with an 80-68 victory in Hunt seat competition. The Mustangs travel to South Dakota to face South Dakota State on Friday, Oct. 31 and No. 10 New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Screen shot 2014-10-29 at 8.58.43 AMMen’s Basketball: The Mustangs were picked to finish second in the American Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, just two points behind defending conference champion and national champion, UConn. The Huskies received six first place votes, with SMU taking the remaining five. Juniors Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy were selected as unanimous all-conference first team selections. The first AP Poll of the 2014-2015 season will be released on Friday, Oct. 31. SMU begins their season on Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum against Lamar.

crosscountryCross Country: SMU heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma seeking their fourth straight conference championship in the American Athletic Conference championship on Friday, Oct. 31. The 6K race will begin at 10:00 a.m. CT at the Mohawk Sports Complex. Six Mustangs finished in the top 11 spots in last year’s championship, and coach Cathy Casey was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.

RowingRowing: The rowing team posted a pair of first-place finishes in the Open Double Scull and the First Novice 8+ races at the Head of the Colorado in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Mustangs occupied four of the top five spots in the Open Double Scull with crews finishing first, second, fourth and fifth. The victory in Novice 8+ was the second of the season after a win at the Head of the Oklahoma. SMU picked up two more top-three finishes with a second place finish in the Novice 4+ and a third place finish in the Second Novice 8+.

mensgolfMen’s Golf: No. 20 SMU rose two spots in the final round at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Tuesday, Oct. 28, finishing ninth overall. Freshman Ben Baxter and junior Bryson Dechambeau led the Mustangs with scores of 223, tying them for 28th individually. SMU struggled in the second round with a team score of 380, but made a 14-stroke turnaround in the final round. The Mustangs play next at the Gifford Collegiate in Newport Beach, California. The three-day event begins Monday, Nov. 3.

womensswimdiveWomen’s Swimming and Diving: The Mustangs are ranked No. 11 in the first College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Poll after a third place finish at the SMU Classic and posting 15 times that ranked in the top-10 in the country. SMU is back in action against Rice on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7:00 p.m. CT and against Houston on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Mansfield Natatorium.

mensswimdiveMen’s Swimming and Diving: The men’s swimming and diving team opens its 2014-2015 season with the North Texas Swimming A Meet in Frisco, Texas that begins on Friday, Oct. 31 and concludes Sunday, Nov. 2. The Mustangs are coming off a second place finish in the American Athletic Conference championships. SMU  returns seven all-conference performers, and welcomes in an impressive freshman class.

Women’s Tennis: Seven Mustangs will represent the women’s tennis team at the Houston Invitational this weekend beginning on Friday, Oct. 31 with play continuing through Sunday, Nov. 2. The event will feature both singles and doubles and will consist of four-player round-robin draws, all of which will have winners. Sophomores Anna Kate Anderson, Macie ElliottMary Wright and Dasha Sharapova, and juniors Vaszilisza Bulgakova, Yana Erkeeva and Hristina Dishkova will all represent SMU at the invitational.

jenparkWomen’s Golf: The women’s golf team had its best finish on the last day of the Alamo Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 28, which earned the Mustangs an eighth place finish. Junor Alexandra Rossi and senior Jennifer Park (pictured left) finished the tournament at 3-under for a share of 11th place. The event was their final of the fall, and they will resume play on Sunday, Feb. 8 in the UCF Invitational.

josephMen’s Soccer: A pair of second half goals lifted UConn over No. 24 SMU on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Storrs, Connecticut. The Mustangs are winless in their last three matches and have fallen to fourth place in the American Athletic Conference heading into the final game of the regular season. SMU was outshot 22-11, and freshman goalkeeper Michael Nelson was forced to make eight saves, matching his career high set in a road loss to Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Nelson was honored by the American Athletic Conference as a member of the weekly honor roll for the third time this season. The Mustangs led at halftime after freshman midfielder Benjamin Joseph (pictured right) tallied his second goal of the season, but the lead was quickly squandered in the second half. The Mustangs celebrate Senior Night on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Westcott Field against Cincinnati.

soccerseniorsWomen’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team fell to Memphis 4-1 on Senior Day at Westcott Field on Sunday, Oct. 26. Seniors , Rikki Clarke, Olivia Elliott, Shelby Redman, Lauryn Bodden (all pictured left) and Rachael Larson (not pictured) were all recognized after the game for their accomplishments and devotion to the program. Bodden recorded five saves in net. The Tigers got out to a 3-0 lead before the Mustangs could find the net. Freshman midfielder Claire Oates headed in a cross from fellow freshman forward Chinelo Odobulu. SMU will face Temple in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. CT in Orlando, Florida.

NCAA Football: MEM vs. SMUFootball: SMU was held to just 251 yards of total offense in a 48-10 loss to Memphis at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Tigers scored 41 of the first 48 points in the game, storming out to a 21-0 lead and adding another 20 after sophomore running back Prescott Line scored for the Mustangs. SMU enters another off week before traveling to Tulsa, Oklahoma to face off with Tulsa on Saturday, Nov. 8.

heiseVolleyball: The volleyball team recorded 111 digs in a five-set loss to Temple in Philadelphia on Friday, Oct. 24, which ranks seventh in program history. All five SMU attackers finished with at least 10 kills, led by junior Abbey Bybel’s 16. Junior Cailin Bula scored 15, sophomore Kristen Stehling recorded 13, and sophomore Janelle Giordano and senior Caroline Young each posted 10. Acker totaled 54 assists for her 16th double-double of the season, and Bybel tallied 17th digs for her 10th of the year. Young posted her sixth of the year with 12 digs, and Bula earned her first of the season with a career-high 15 digs.

The Mustangs continued their road trip with a 3-1 win over Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut on Sunday, Oct. 26. Sophomore Morgan Heise (pictured above) posted 36 digs, which is good enough for fourth all-time in a match at SMU and American Athletic Conference Defensive Player Of The Week honors. With the win, the Mustangs improved their record to 17-5 and 6-4 in the conference. SMU travels next to New Orleans to face Tulane on Friday, Oct. 31 at 1:00 p.m. CT and complete their road trip in Tulsa, Oklahoma against Tulsa on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1:00 p.m. CT.

October 31, 2014|Sports|

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 or by calling 214-768-4263.

March 18, 2014|Sports|

Sports: Cross Country to NCAA Championships, Swimming to
Texas A&M Invitational

TCU Swim/Dive vs SMUA&M Invitational: SMU men and women’s swimming will be in College Station Nov. 21-23 for the Texas A&M Invitational. Participating teams will include Stanford, LSU, TCU, Air Force and Texas A&M. Following the A&M meet, the men will compete at the Texas Invitational Dec. 5-7 as their final event of 2013; the Texas A&M Invitational will be the last event of the year for the women. Follow along with the Mustangs here.

Football to Florida: The Mustangs will travel to Tampa Saturday, Nov. 23 to take on the USF Bulls. SMU is coming off a home win against UConn, 38-21. They must win two of three final games to become bowl-eligible. It was announced this week that two SMU seniors, quarterback Garrett Gilbert and wide receiver Jeremy Johnson, have been named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award semifinalists. Finalists for the award will be announced on Monday, Dec. 9, and the winner will be announced on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. This is the first time SMU has played USF; kick-off is set for 6 p.m.

Championship Bound: For the first time since 2009, SMU women’s cross country will compete in the NCAA Championships. The Mustangs advanced to the championship after placing second (out of 20) at the South Central Regional Meet. Sophomore Tova Magnusson was the first to finish the 6k for the Mustangs with a time of 20:49.7, placing 12/140 overall. Magnusson was also named USTFCCCA All-Region selection along with Shanoah Souza and Agnes Sjöström. The NCAA Championship begins at noon Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Basketball Update:

  • Men: The men have two home games lined up before Thanksgiving break. The Mustangs play Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 and Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. Sunday’s game marks the first of four games of the Corpus Christi Challenge. Freshman Ben Moore was named AAC Rookie of the Week, and sophomore Nic Moore is currently the highest scorer for the Mustangs, averaging 15 points per game. The men are currently 3-1 in the American Athletic Conference.
  • Women: The women will travel this weekend to play Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. They are coming off a home win against Mississippi Valley State, 91-52, putting them at 4-0 for the season. As a team, the Mustangs are averaging 81.2 points per game and defensively forcing 20 turnovers per game. The women return home for a game against Lamar at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

Images c/o SMU Athletics 

November 22, 2013|Sports|
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