Daily Update: Thursday, Feb. 10

February 10, 2011 by · Comments Off 

How can Egyptian workers staying home affect you? Find out why Ford has sued Ferrari and what the weather will be like this weekend. All this and more on your Daily Update.

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SMU Men’s Basketball Falls to UAB

January 20, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

SMU men’s basketball (10-8, 1-3 C-USA) fell to the UAB Blazers Wednesday night in their second consecutive loss on the road. The 67-53 loss leave the Mustangs with a 1-3 record in conference.

For the Mustangs, senior forward Papa Dia continues to bring in impressive numbers. Dia recorded his fourth double-double in a row against the Blazers with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Rodney Clinkscales also dropped 16 points for the Mustangs on the night.

The Mustangs bring it home this Saturday at 2 p.m. against Southern Miss. SMU has been hot from home this season, winning 9 out of the 13 games they have faced in Moody Coliseum.

SMU Accepts Armed Forces Bowl, UCF beats SMU 17-7

December 4, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan

SMU played UCF in the Conference USA championship game in Orlando, FL on Saturday.

SMU was plagued by a few injuries in the first half. After a missed field goal and unable to convert its drives into touchdowns, SMU trailed going into the locker room at half 10-0.

SMU finally scored in the 4th quarter making the score UCF 17, SMU 7 bringing a little more life into SMU. But, SMU continued to have trouble scoring and simply ran out of time at the end of the game.

UCF won, 17-7, and will head to the Liberty Bowl.

ESPNDallas.com reports that the Mustangs are headed to the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl after officially accepting the bid. The bowl will be played at home at Ford Stadium on Dec. 30 at 11 a.m.

SMU Women’s Soccer: Eidson named Player of the Week

October 13, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan

SMU women’s soccer player Kaitlyn Eidson was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week Monday. She has been a goal-scoring force on the field, leading SMU to multiple victories.

SMU plays UAB Friday at home at 7 p.m.

Look here for the full story on Eidson’s Player of the Week recognition.

SMU Mustangs Lose to Texas Tech, 35-27, in Season Opener

September 6, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan and Elizabeth Lowe
kryan@smu.edu, elowe@smu.edu

SMU football faced Texas Tech today finishing with a disappointing loss. The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Mustangs played an unusual Sunday football game. ESPN covered the game and many SMU students were anxious to see if the ‘stangs would live up to the hype.

SMU’s Kyle Padron could not match up against Texas Tech’s Taylor Potts, who threw for 359 yards and had four touchdowns. The final score, 35-27, marks Tommy Tuberville’s first victory as head coach of Texas Tech.

Padron and the Mustangs still hold potential for a successful season and a possible run at another bowl game. The ‘Stangs held their own against the Big 12 Raiders and kept the game tight in the second half. Although the first loss was an upset for many Pony fans, Sunday’s close match-up showed a strong Mustang Football team heading into the 2010 season.

ESPN.com has more on the game.
Stay tuned to SMU Daily Mustang for an exclusive photo gallery from the game.

SMU Track and Field Athlete Earns Conference Athlete of the Week

March 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

SMU sophomore Simone du Toit was named the co-Conference USA Athlete of the Week after a record breaking performance last weekend at the Bobby Lane Invitational in Arlington.

The South African native won two events at the tournament after tossing the shot put 16.42m and posting a mark of 51.13m in the discus throw. Her shot put mark ranks tied for second in the NCAA, while her discus stands at No. 4. This is du Toit’s first career outdoor weekly honor.

du Toit was a World Youth Shot Put Champion in 2005 and is a South African record holder in the shot put.

The Mustangs will be in action at the Texas Relays Saturday at the University of Texas.

Lesniak Named C-USA Player of the Week

March 24, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

After leading the No. 27 Mustangs to wins over No. 24 Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Southern Mississippi, sophomore Marta Lesniak was named the Conference USA Women’s Tennis Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Ranked as the No. 29 singles player in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Lesniak picked up individual straight-set wins over the weekend against the Rams’ Josefin Hiertquist (6-2, 6-4) and the Golden Eagles’ Vroni van Berlo (6-4, 6-2).

She also teamed with fellow sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova for an 8-3 win at the top doubles spot Saturday against VCU.

This is the fourth career C-USA Player of the Week honor for Lesniak, and her third this season.

After having the match postponed a day due to rain, SMU will face the No. 7 Baylor Bears (13-2) Thursday at 5 p.m. in Waco.

No. 29 Mustangs Prep for Weekend Matches

March 17, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

After a two-match sweep over Penn State and Abilene Christian University, the No. 29 women’s tennis team will look to build on its 15-2 record with a pair of weekend matchups against No. 23 Virginia Commonwealth University and Conference USA rival Southern Miss.

SMU swept the Penn State Nittany Lions on Friday before defeating the ACU Wildcats, 4-3, at Turpin Tennis Stadium.

The Mustangs’ top two singles and doubles players – sophomores Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova – each picked up wins against Penn State, but it was individual victories from freshmen Edyta Cieplucha, Shahzoda Hatamova and Katerina Vankova that sealed the 7-0 shutout.

“They’re stepping up,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said of the team’s freshmen. “Sometimes they’re going to have some road bumps, but also what we hope are some really good wins.”

The Mustangs face off against the No. 29 VCU Rams (12-2) Saturday at 12 p.m. before taking on the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (7-6) Sunday at 10 a.m., and both matches will be held at SMU’s Turpin Tennis Stadium.

A Sunday match against the University of Texas-Dallas was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

The team will travel to Waco next Wednesday for a matchup with the No.1 Baylor Bears (11-2), who have the nation’s top ranking for the first time in school history.

“We have absolutely nothing to lose [against Baylor],” Longbotham-Meisner said. “We feel we’re just as good as they are, and if we get the win it’s a huge boost.”

Women’s Basketball Earns Postseason Bid

March 16, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

One week after a disappointing 64-55 loss to the University of Alabama-Birmingham in the Conference USA Championship tournament, SMU will have another shot to advance Wednesday against the University of New Mexico in the first round of the 2010 Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

The Mustangs (20-10, 10-6 C-USA) have won two of the previous three games against the Lobos (18-12, 9-7 Mountain West Conference), including a 53-45 victory over New Mexico in the 1999 Western Athletic Conference Championship tournament.

This marks the third consecutive postseason appearance for the Mustangs, who lost to Notre Dame in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and fell short against Louisiana Tech in last year’s WNIT.

“It’s important to establish a mentality that you feel like we should be in the postseason at the end of the year,” head coach Rhonda Rompola said in The Dallas Morning News.

Tipoff against the Lobos is set for 8 p.m. Wednesday at University Arena in Albuquerque, N.M.

The winner will then move on to Eugene, Ore. to face the winner of Thursday’s game between the Oregon Ducks and Eastern Washington University Eagles.

No. 33 SMU Defeats Penn State and ACU

March 14, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

The No. 33 women’s tennis team ran its record to 15-2 with wins over Penn State and Abilene Christian University Friday at Turpin Tennis Stadium.

Against the Nittany Lions (4-9), sophomores Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova picked up an 8-0 victory at No. 1 doubles to give the Mustangs an early advantage.

Senior Pavi Francis and freshman Edyta Cieplucha recorded an 8-5 win at No. 2 while freshman Shahzoda Hatamova teamed with senior Casey Kennedy to wrap up the doubles point with a win at No. 3.

“The most impressive thing about today was the fact that we continued to improve in our doubles,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said on SMUMustangs.com. “I was really pleased with how we came out in the doubles for both matches and performed at a high level like I know we can.”

Cieplucha led off singles play with a straight-set victory (6-2, 6-4) over Penn State’s Maria Prishlyak before Francis (6-2, 6-2) and Malyarchikova (6-1, 6-3) did the same to secure the win for SMU.

Lesniak, Hatamova and freshman Katerina Vankova also won in their singles matchups to make it a 7-0 sweep over the Nittany Lions.

Ranked No. 59 among singles players by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Lesniak came back from an early deficit to beat No. 66 Petra Januskova (4-6, 6-3, 10-6) at the top spot and improve her record to 7-1 against nationally ranked opponents this season.

Against ACU (13-3), the Mustangs again swept all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead.

Cieplucha led off singles with another straight-set win (6-2, 6-1) at No. 3 before Lesniak followed suit with a win (6-3, 6-2) over the Wildcats’ Jaclyn Walker at No. 1.

At No. 4 singles, Francis recorded yet another straight-set victory (6-0, 6-2) to give SMU the 4-3 win over ACU.

“She is confident, motivated and playing some really great tennis,” Longbotham-Meisner said of Francis. “I am proud of the way she has really stepped up her game her senior year.”

The Mustangs will host Virginia Commonwealth University (11-2) Saturday at 12 p.m. before a doubleheader Sunday against C-USA rival Southern Miss (7-6) and the University of Texas-Dallas (4-2).

First match Sunday against the Golden Eagles is set for 10 a.m. while the Mustangs will face the Comets at 3 p.m., and all games will be held at SMU’s Turpin Tennis Stadium.

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