SMU Men’s Tennis Loses to Rice 5-2 in Regular Season Closer

April 18, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

The SMU men’s tennis team finished regular season play with a 5-2 loss against conference rival Rice on Saturday. The Mustangs end their season with an overall record of 16-8 and 3-2 in conference matches.

The Mustangs didn’t win the doubles point, but made the Owls work for the win– sending two of the matches to tiebreakers.

SMU’s No. 88 ranked duo Artem Baradach and Caston Cuadranti battled it out against Rice’s No. 80 ranked pair of Peter Frank and Sam Garforth-Bles, but lost 8-7 (7-3).

Another SMU pair, Adham el-Effendi and Darren Walsh, didn’t give up their match easily. They played hard against Owls Christian Saravia and Michael Nuesslein for a close 9-8 (7-5) loss. Rice’s Oscar Podlewski and Harry Fowler overtook SMU’s Tobias Flood and Joseph Hattrup 8-4.

In singles, the Mustangs picked up two wins, one by Baradach and the other by Mischa Nowicki.

Baradach, the nation’s No. 44 singles player, defeated Rice’s No. 96 Fowler 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Badarach finishes his season with a record of 11-4. Mischa Nowicki picked up the other win when he downed Saravia 6-4, 6-1.

The Mustangs return to the courts this weekend for the Conference USA Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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SMU Women’s Basketball Falls in Regular Season Finale

March 4, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

SMU women’s basketball concluded their regular season Thursday night with a loss against the Rice Owls of Houston. The final score was 73-63 in Moody Coliseum where the Mustangs finished out the season eighth in Conference USA.

Senior Haley Day put forth a strong performance in her last home game as a Mustang, posting double-double figures with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

“Haley really did a good job of hitting the boards,” said Mustang Head Coach Rhonda Rompola. “Her pursuit of the basketball is so good. I wish we could have 15 players that go after the ball like Haley Day.”

Senior Raquel Christian also performed strong bringing in 10 points for the Mustangs. Sophomore Alisha Filmore also provided a strong offensive front for the Mustangs with her 14 points.

The SMU defense held Rice to just 39.3 percent from the field, but the Mustangs where unable to stop the Owl’s Jessica Kuster. The 10-time C-USA Freshman of the Week scored 23 points and brought down 13 rebounds.

The Mustangs will play ninth-seeded UTEP at 8:30 p.m. in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament Wednesday, March 9, in El Paso, Texas.

SMU Men’s Basketball Defeats Rice in Overtime

February 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

The SMU men’s basketball showed their strength Wednesday night at Moody Coliseum in defeating the Rice Owls (12-15, 4-9) in overtime. SMU Mustangs (17-10, 8-5) took the lead early on leading 15-10.

Both teams battled it out for possession until senior forward Papa Dia broke the tea-party with a lay up cutting through Rice’s defense. Much of the crowd’s momentum and intensity carried on into the court as the players picked up the game.

As tensions rose so did fouls – with less than 7 minutes remaining in the first half, SMU and Rice had tied for team fouls (6). With less than 5 min Papa Dia posted a basket bringing the Stangs to 23. Teammate Collin Mangrum followed with a 3-pointer putting the Stangs at 26, leaving Rice trailing with 16.

Coming back from the half, Rice began to pick up their game. Rice’s forward Lucas Kuipers hit a 3-pointer, dangerously closing the gap 30-28. Robert Nyakundi then hit a field goal followed by Papa Dia, who hit a slam dunk bringing Moody Coliseum to its feet.

Many fouls from Rice handed over SMU points as free shots were successfully executed by Mike Walker and Robert Nyakundi.
Rice attempted to pass up the ‘Stangs solid defense but failed as SMU’s defense did an outstanding job of playing off the ball and anticipating any rebound. In the final 11min SMU led 38-29.

With only 11 seconds left the score was 56-52. Rice came back with a game threatening 3-pointer, resulting in a time out for SMU followed by free shots tying the two teams 57-57. Moody had been on its feet the past fifteen minutes and prepared themselves for another ten, as SMU and Rice went into overtime.

SMU proved themselves successful in free throws in the overtime, hitting 80% field goals in overtime alone. With shooting power, the Mustangs managed to outscore the Owls earning them a 76-66 victory.

SMU students chanted “Hey hey hey, Goodbye!” as the Mustangs ended the game with a solid triumph in an anything but upsetting game.

Robert Nyakundi scored the game high of 26 points for SMU while Papa Dia added 20 and Mike Walker 10.

The Mustangs return to the court again Saturday the 26th at Marshall.

Nyakundi Brings Home a Win for Stangs

January 31, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

Mustangs (13-8, 4-3 Conference USA) grab another victory while on the road Saturday defeating Rice 75-68.

Robert Nyakundi helped bring home the win for the ‘Stangs by scoring a career high of 29 points, including seven three-pointers.

Papa Dia contributed 19 points and Mike Walker 13 to SMU, who have one their third game in a row.

The Owls (10-11, 2-5) led the majority of the first half, as Arsalan Kazemi scored 21 points and had a game-high of 16 rebounds.

However, Rice struggled to lock down their lead when Papa Dia scored 2:02 in the frist half, handing the lead over to the Stangs 29-27.

Nyakundi and Collin Mangrum followed with 3-pointers with 1:01 to go, and the score at 35-27, SMU.

After the Mustangs’ performance, Rice was unable to gain back their lead.

You can catch the Mustangs next match, at SMU. They play Wednesday, at 7:00p.m. at Moody Colliseum against East Carolina.