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

April 18, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

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

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

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

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.

PHOTO STORY: Tornado Touchdown In Rice, TX

October 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Stuart Palley

On October 24th, 2010, a tornado struck Rice, TX at around 5:30 PM. A Sunday evening, many residents were in their homes when the tornado touched down. Rice High School and multiple homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. Rice residents Raymond and Sonia Butler one of those who lost their home.

The Butlers were in their home at the time of the tornado, and miraculously survived. Now, their home is totally destroyed with debris strewn hundreds of yards across their property. Their 6,000 pound Chevy Suburban was thrown around like a toothpick and is now a twisted wreck. Their horse trailer was ripped in half, carried 100 yards, and was thrown up against a tree. The brick masonry crumbled, piled up like Lego bricks.

Mr. Butler showed media a piece of wood from his house framing that was stuck upright in the ground. Other remnants of deadly projectiles were pieces of sheet metal wrapped around felled trees like blankets.

Within 24 hours, news media was on scene of the Butler home. Despite the loss of his home and possessions, Raymond Butler coolly summed his outlook on the matter, “you can replace objects, but you can’t replace people.”

While acknowledging that he had lost his home and the difficulties ahead, Butler’s approach was optimistic. A reporter for WFAA Dallas remarked that “usually you have bodies in this situation.” The mayor of Rice, Jerry Herring, agreed. “I don’t want to say this is good, because its not, but nobody is dead, and that’s a miracle.”

Rice High School was also heavily damaged, which opened new in summer of 2010 according to Rice High School faculty. At the high school, the football and baseball field are also ruined. The football scoreboard was ripped from its foundation, and both goalposts are bent. Steel I-beams, some of the strongest materials used in construction, were bent like paper clips. Debris is strewn across the baseball field and caught up against the field fencing.

The main structure’s cinderblock exterior leans precariously, and yellow police tape blocks off close access to the walls in case they collapse. Winds are still gusting up to 30 miles per hour, plenty of wind to throw metal debris off of roofs and onto media and officials below.

Currently, Rice ISD administrators are scrambling to find a location to continue classes. Nearby churches have offered Sunday School classrooms and there is space at the school district in nearby Corsicana.

Rice is about an hour south of downtown Dallas on Interstate 45. The photographer would like to extend his gratitude to the Butler family and the town of Rice for their open arms in allowing access to their homes and schools in wake of the destruction.

Campus News Blog: Homecoming Is Here!

October 31, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Sam Todd

It might be Halloween, but today is the official start of SMU’s Homecoming festivities, planned by SMU Student Foundation. It kicked off this morning with a community service event, and busloads of SMU students headed to a home for senior citizens, a community festival and other events around the metroplex to help out and give back to their community.

Participants in today’s event all received points that go towards their organization in the homecoming competition, which culminates in the crowning of a homecoming king and queen during the halftime ceremonies of the homecoming football game against Rice. With today’s 27-13 win over Tulsa, the Mustangs will have another shot to bring that 4-4 record over .50.

Other homecoming events taking place this week include tomorrow’s Field Day, the presentation of the candidates on Monday, the annual Homecoming College Bowl on Wednesday, 24-hour float building on Thursday, and the annual parade on the boulevard before Saturday’s game.

Don’t miss out on this week, it’s truly one of the university’s best traditions.