Daily Update: Thursday, Feb. 24

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Women’s Tennis Tops Rice, 6-1

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No. 29 Mustangs Prep for Final Regular-Season Match

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By Nate Regan

Since a road loss to Baylor last month, the No. 29 women’s tennis team has posted four straight wins, including back-to-back matches against Conference-USA foes UTEP and the University of Central Florida.

On Saturday, SMU (21-3) will host the Rice Owls in the final match of the regular season, and the winner will likely hold the top seed in the upcoming C-USA Championship tournament.

“They’re a very, very good team and a dangerous team,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said of Rice. “This will be our toughest challenge of the year.”

The Mustangs will be looking to build on their perfect 4-0 record in conference play.

Last year, SMU defeated the Owls in Houston, 5-2, in the final regular-season tune-up before shutting them out, 4-0, less than a week later in the C-USA tournament. The Mustangs followed with a 4-1 win over Tulsa for their first C-USA Championship title.

This year’s tournament will be held in Tulsa starting Mar.22, and Longbotham-Meisner knows the importance of a victory over Rice in the team’s regular-season finale.

“Getting a good, strong win here will basically be security for the No. 1 seed in the tournament,” she said.

SMU will face Rice Saturday at 12 p.m. at Turpin Tennis Center.

SMU Defeats Rice at Moody, 67-57

February 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

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CHAT RECAP: SMU Men’s Basketball vs. Rice

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Mustangs Beat Rice 73-54 at Moody

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By Nate Regan

The women’s basketball team won its sixth consecutive home game Friday with a 73-54 victory over Rice at Moody Coliseum.

Senior guard Brittany Gilliam led SMU (16-7, 6-4 Conference USA) with 24 points and two steals as the Mustangs snapped a brief two-game losing streak while avenging a 61-58 loss to the Owls (11-12, 5-5 C-USA) Jan. 28 in Houston.

SMU outscored Rice in the paint by 20 points (38-18), and head coach Rhonda Rompola said she was pleased with the team’s passion, energy and desire.

“It was our defensive energy that got us going,” she said in a post-game radio interview. “I thought we finally got our running game going a little bit more.”

Senior guard Jillian Samuels scored 16 points, including a perfect 2-for-2 on three-point attempts, and senior post Alice Severin added 10 points with a game-high 12 rebounds.

Rice was led by sophomores D’Frantz Smart and Jackie Stanley, who combined for 31 points and nine rebounds, but the rest of the team scored just 13 points on 9-of-35 from the field.

“I just thought we were more scrappy, more energetic, and we had a lot more life today,” Rompola said.

SMU will take on the second-place Houston Cougars (12-10, 6-3 C-USA) Sunday at 2 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Prior to the game, the team will host a Fan Fest as part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

The event, which will feature members of the SMU women’s basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, track and volleyball teams, will be held in the Crum Center from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and admission is included in the price of a game ticket.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Rice at SMU, Homecoming 2009

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Mustangs Get Second Conference Victory

February 21, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

The SMU men’s basketball team has had trouble finishing out close games this season, but Mike Walker’s two free throws with two seconds left gave the Mustangs a 69-66 win over Rice (8-18, 3-9 C-USA) Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

SMU (8-17, 2-10 C-USA) earned its second conference win this season and ended its eight-game conference-losing streak.

“To come back off the mat game after game after game and play well…is a real tribute to these guys and their character,” SMU Head Coach Doherty said. “I’m just really proud of our team.”

The Mustangs led by three with five seconds on the clock before Aleks Perka’s lay-up cut the deficit to one. After Mike Walker’s clutch free throws, Rice’s Cory Pflieger missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

“I was just thinking about making them,” Walker said. “I wasn’t thinking about anything else.”

The three possessions before Walker’s free throws, SMU had missed three front ends of one-and-ones.

“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going on? This isn’t fair,”’ Doherty said. “I was begging, I was pleading, I was saying all kinds of prayers…but we were fortunate to make plays down the stretch.”

SMU had four players score in double-digits. Robert Nyakundi and Mike Walker, who led the team with 14 points each, both hit four three-pointers.

Bamba Fall earned his third double-double of the season with ten points and 12 rebounds.

“I think that’s the way I should be playing,” said Fall, who also finished with four blocks. “I should be more aggressive and just challenge every shot.”

SMU built up a 16-point lead midway through the first half, until Rice caught fire, going on a 32-15 run to the 12:20 mark of the second half. The Owls sunk five of seven three-point attempts in that stretch.

“We were focused on trying to stop their sets,” Walker said. “They had to adjust and make three-point shots, and that’s exactly what they did.”

The Mustangs have a history of losing control of games in the final minutes of play this season. They lost to East Carolina at home by six, a game they were closely competing in all night. The following week, they lost at Tulsa by nine. On Feb. 4, they were beating Memphis with 12 minutes left before falling by 13. Then again at UAB on Feb. 14, SMU lost by three in the final seconds.

The difference tonight was… “a little luck, a little Bamba,” Doherty said.

Listen to the archived broadcast in the Sports Blog.

Mustangs Extend Winning Streak to Six

February 1, 2009 by · Comments Off 


LaShandra Hill goes up strong down low to help the Mustangs beat the Rice Owls 68-52 on Saturday afternoon. (THE DAILY MUSTANG / ALAN H. ROSE)

LaShandra Hill goes up strong down low to help the Mustangs beat the Rice Owls 68-52 on Saturday afternoon. (THE DAILY MUSTANG / ALAN H. ROSE)

By Alan Rose

Riding a five-game win streak, the SMU Mustangs came out strong, starting the game on a 13-7 run in their 68-52 victory over the Rice Owls (5-16, 0-8 Conference USA) Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

SMU shot 48 percent from the field and outrebounded the Owls 47 to 37. Christine Elliott had nine rebounds and eleven points.

“I just played my game. Scoring in the paint…I think I could be more physical. I wasn’t that physical,” said Elliott.

SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola said,? “I told her to get out there and use her physical ability and that the team needs her.”

SMU has won the last three meetings between the two teams dating back to last season. This is Rompola’s 326th career win and the eighth six-game win streak in program history all under Rompola’s tenure.

The Mustangs (14-7, 7-1 Conference USA) take on Southern Miss Lady Eagles (14-7, 7-1 Conference USA) in a battle for first place on February 5th.