SMU Women’s Basketball Falls to Southern Miss

January 30, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Mia Castillo

SMU women’s basketball team fell 75 – 63 at Southern Miss Thursday night. The Mustangs are now 10–9 and 3–3 in Conference USA. Southern Miss’s Golden Eagles improved to 9–11, 4–3 C-USA after Thursday night’s game.

Senior guard/forward, Haley Day recorded her first double-double with 10 points and a a season-high 12 rebounds. Junior guard, Samantha Mahnesmith, also scored 10 points in Thursday night’s game.

The Golden Eagles had five players in double-figures, led by Jamierra Faulkner’s 19 points. Southern Miss started out the second half with a 7-0 run. After that the Mustangs were never able to catch the Eagle charge.

SMU shot 36.9 percent for the game ( 24-of-65), while the Golden Eagles made 47.5-percent from the field (29-of-61). The Mustangs ended their three-game winning streak.

SMU’s next game will be on the road against Houston on Sunday at 2 p.m.

SMU’s Men’s Basketball Claims Victory at Home

January 22, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Papa Dia shoots the ball. Dia hit his career high with 102 shots Saturday. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

By Erica Penunuri

SMU Mustangs (11-8, 2-3 Conference USA) defeated the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (14-5, 3-3) Saturday 79-65. The Mustangs not only broke their two-game losing streak, but also set some school records.

The Mustangs shot 69.8 percent (30 of 43) from the field, tying the second-best shooting performance in school history.

“I’m really proud of our team,” said SMU men’s basketball Coach Matt Doherty. “They were extremely efficient. It’s the best I’ve seen my team play against a quality opponent.”

Senior forward Papa Dia shot an impressive 10-10 from the field; only the second C-USA player to hit at least 10 field goals without a miss. Dia led the Mustang attack with 23 points while contributing four blocks on defense. Dia is the 6th SMU player to reach over 100 blocks in their career.

“Pop’s [Papa Dia] was tremendous,” Doherty said. “His emotional maturity has really improved throughout the years making him a great leader.”

“Personally, I thought I took too many shots in the UB [University of Birmingham] game,” said Dia. “I am not a selfish guy. I want my players involved. It’s [basketball] is a team game. Coach said don’t worry about it. Your players want this. He helped my confidence.”

Robert Nyakundi scored 16 points, Collin Mangrum 15 and Rodney Clinkscales 12, resulting in the Mustang’s 9th victory in the last 11 home games. Nyakuni also broke a personal record with a career high of 9 assists.

Coach Doherty also credits Rodney Clinkscales, “It’s not easy to be a freshman point guard at a Division 1 level.”

The Mustangs hit the court again this Wednesday, against conference rival Tulsa. You can watch the game at Moody Coliseum or on the Time Warner Texas Channel at 2 p.m.

SMU Basketball sing the alma mater after their 79-65 win against Southern Mississippi. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG

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.

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Men’s Basketball Snaps Winning Streak

February 2, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

Riding a four game win streak into Hattiesburg, Miss., the SMU men’s basketball team lost to Southern Mississippi, 56-53, Tuesday, after Derek Williams missed a last second three point attempt.

The Mustangs (10-11, 3-4 C-USA) faced a ten point defecit with one minute to play, but mounted a rally to cut the lead to 54-53 with ten seconds left. After a pair of Southern Miss free throws, the Mustangs couldn’t convert on their last opportunity to tie the game.

Williams finished with 24 points, his fifth 20-point game in SMU’s last six outings. Papa Dia scored eleven points and pulled down nine rebounds.

The Mustangs take on Tulane on the road Saturday at 2 p.m.

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.

Mustangs Soar over Eagles

October 1, 2008 by · Comments Off 

By Alissa Reitmeier

The SMU women’s volleyball team defeated the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles Sunday afternoon, winning the match by taking three of the four games, 30-28, 25-18, 17-25, 25-20, in a sparsely populated Moody Coliseum.

Mustangs head coach, Lisa Seifert, led the mustangs to a 9-7, 2-1 record in her thirteenth coaching season. The team went into the match Sunday with a total of 720 kills, looking to clench yet another win.

The Golden Eagles (10-6, 0-3) came to Dallas hoping to claim their first conference win of the season. The Lady Mustangs showed their confidence from the start with an ace serve by SMU outside hitter, Dana Powell, that scored the first point of the game.

Both teams, who participate in Division 1 play, kept the crowd in suspense with back and forth rallies, keeping the score very close. Using their superior blocking skills and great communication, the Lady Mustangs prevailed winning a tight first game 30-28. Captain Natalie Peters, served the winning ball.

“We came out with intensity in the first game and we never gave up. We just wanted it more,” Peters said.

Both teams came out strong in the second game but SMU pressed ahead to a 2-0 lead with junior Carly Bergquist, making the game-winning kill to put the score at 25-18.

Southern Miss came out itching for a win and their efforts paid off. After the longest volley of the game during the final point, the Golden Eagles beat out the Mustangs in the third game for a final score of 17-25.

SMU started off the fourth game with a big lead. A long volley between the teams pushed SMU ahead 7-4. Ultimately, SMU was able to deliver and ended the game with a score of 25-20.

While their lack of communication caused error and got them in trouble at times, the Mustangs’ excellent blocking skills and team work really pushed them to the win.

The Lady Mustangs will take on the Rice Owls, in Houston, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m.