No. 27 Mustangs Beat Memphis, Advance to Semifinals

April 24, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

The No. 27 women’s tennis team beat the University of Memphis, 4-0, on Friday in the second round of the Conference USA Championship tournament in Tulsa, Okla.

Top-seeded SMU (23-3) won all three doubles matches against the No. 8 seed Tigers (13-11) to take an early 1-0 lead.

In singles, a trio of freshmen put together consecutive straight-set victories to seal the win for the Mustangs.

At No. 5 singles, Edyta Cieplucha beat the Tigers’ Dara Toulch (6-0, 6-1) before Shahzoda Hatamova defeated Kelly Gray (6-3, 6-3) at the fourth spot.

Katerina Vankova followed with a win over Memphis’s Marjorie Ondeck (6-0, 7-5) to seal the Mustang victory.

SMU will face No. 59 Marshall University (18-6) in the semifinal round at noon Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa.

The winner will take on either No. 41 Rice University or the No. 35 University of Tulsa in Sunday’s C-USA Championship final.

SMU Falls to Marshall at Moody, 73-57

March 7, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

Senior guard Derek Williams, rehabilitating a sprained ankle, was not in the original starting lineup Saturday against Marshall University.

He started, played all 40 minutes and scored nine points with three assists on Senior Night, but it was not enough as SMU (14-16, 7-9 Conference USA) fell to the Thundering Herd, 73-57, Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

Marshall (23-8, 11-5 C-USA) was led by 22 points from senior forward Tyler Wilkerson while freshman forward Hassan Whiteside added 17 points with three blocks. The pair also pulled down 10 rebounds apiece.

“Marshall was good, I’m giving them a lot of credit,” head coach Matt Doherty said. “With that, our defense was terrible.”

SMU committed 16 turnovers for 18 Thundering Herd points, and Marshall was 21-of-27 from the free throw line in the game.

Junior forward Papa Dia picked up his 10th double-double of the season for the Mustangs with 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds while senior forward Mouhammad Faye added 10 points and three assists.

Though the loss dropped SMU into a seventh-place tie with the University of Houston (15-15, 7-9 C-USA) in the conference standings, the Mustangs will have the eighth seed in this week’s C-USA tournament because of a tiebreaker with the Cougars.

SMU will face the University of Central Florida Wednesday in the first round of the GMC Sierra 2010 C-USA Men’s Basketball Championship.

The Mustangs beat UCF by 22 points at Moody Coliseum in late January.

“They’re going to be fired up to play us again, and I think we’ve got to be equally fired up to play them,” Doherty said.

Tip-off against the Knights (14-16, 6-10 C-USA) is set for 8:30 p.m. at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Mustangs Fall Short in Tulsa, 58-55

March 3, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

The men’s basketball team remains in a three-way tie for the final seed in next week’s Conference USA tournament after a 58-55 loss Wednesday to the University of Tulsa.

Senior guard Derek Williams led SMU (14-15, 7-8 C-USA) with 15 points and four assists.

Forwards Mouhammad Faye and Robert Nyakundi each contributed 13 points against the Golden Hurricane (21-9, 10-5 C-USA), but the rest of the team combined to score just 14 total points.

“I was proud of our guys,” head coach Matt Doherty said in a post-game radio interview. “I’m proud of our effort and that we didn’t hang our head in spite of a lot of adversity.”

Though the Mustangs had more rebounds (35 to 30) and more steals (10 to 1) than Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane shot 22-for-44 on the game while SMU went just 20-for-54.

Senior guard Ben Uzoh led Tulsa with 20 points, and center Jerome Jordan added 12 points with a game-high 13 rebounds.

“I think our transition defense wasn’t up to par,” Doherty said. “We let Uzoh get too much in transition, and as a result they shot 50 percent.”

The Mustangs will play their final regular-season game of the year on Saturday when they host Marshall University.

Mouhammad Faye and Derek Williams will each be recognized prior to the game as part of SMU Senior Night activities.

“I’ll be shocked if we don’t bounce back with a great effort Saturday against Marshall,” Doherty said. “And we need people to come out … We need that home-court advantage.”

Tip-off against the Thundering Herd (22-8, 10-5 C-USA) is set for 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Dia Leads Mustangs to 94-83 Win at Home over Houston

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Samuels, Gilliam Lead SMU to 74-64 Win

February 21, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

The women’s basketball team bounced back from Thursday’s loss at Tulsa with a 74-64 win on the road Sunday against Marshall University.

Senior guard Jillian Samuels scored a game-high 21 points for SMU (17-9, 7-6 Conference USA) while senior guard Brittany Gilliam added 17 points with six assists.

The pair also shot 50 percent (8-for-16) on three-pointers, where the Mustangs had a sizeable advantage over the Thundering Herd (14-12, 6-7 C-USA) at 52.2 percent to 21.1 percent.

Sophomore forward Christine Elliot picked up a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for SMU while guards Haley Day and Samantha Mahnesmith each scored eight points.

The Mustangs led at halftime, 36-29, and trailed Marshall just once in the second half.

Four players scored in double figures for the Thundering Herd, who were led by 16 points and nine rebounds from junior forward Tynikki Crook.

SMU will return home for the final three games of the regular season beginning Thursday against the University of Central Florida Knights (8-14, 5-8 C-USA).

Tip-off against UCF is set for 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

SMU Falls on Road to Tulsa, 57-54

February 18, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

Despite having four players score 10 or more points, the SMU women’s basketball team fell short in its comeback attempt against Tulsa on Thursday, falling 57-54.

Junior forward Haley Day led the Mustangs (16-9, 5-6 Conference USA) with 14 points while senior guard Brittany Gilliam just missed a double-double with a team-high 13 points and nine rebounds, but the Golden Hurricane (10-13, 4-8 C-USA) took a 27-21 halftime lead and never gave it up.

Tulsa stretched its advantage to 38-25 before Day pulled SMU to within one point on a fast break layup at 1:58, but the Golden Hurricane’s Larissa Williams hit two straight free throws to seal the win.

The Mustangs also received 12 points from sophomore guard Samantha Mahnesmith and 10 points from sophomore post Christine Elliot, who fouled out of the game with 12:29 left to play.

SMU will play its final regular-season road game on Sunday against the Marshall Thundering Herd (14-11, 6-6 C-USA) in Huntington, W.V.

The team returns home for a match-up with the University of Central Florida (7-14, 4-8 C-USA) on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Tip-off against the Knights is set for 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.