Women’s Basketball Concludes 2010-2011 Season With Loss to UTEP

March 10, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

SMU women’s basketball fell to the UTEP Miners Wednesday night in round one of the Conference USA Tournament. With the victory, UTEP moves on to the quarterfinals where they face Conference USA Champions Houston. SMU concludes its 2010-2011 season at 14-16.

SMU’s Christine Elliot led the Mustangs, earning her third double-double of the season. Elliot led all scorers with 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Sophomore Alisha Filmore reached double-figure points with 15 and Samantha Mahnesmith had a team-best six assists.

Ninth-seeded UTEP went 46 percent from the field, including nine three pointers to take the 75-57 victory. SMU was held to 30.8 percent from the field, including shooting 1-for-21 the three-point line.

Men’s Basketball Falls in Regular Season Finale

March 6, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

SMU men’s basketball (17-13, 8-8 C-USA) came up short against the UTEP Miners (23-8, 11-5 C-USA) Saturday night in their regular season finale. UTEP clinched a first round bye in the Conference USA tournament by defeating the Mustangs 59-56.

Senior Guard Collin Mangrum looks for a shot as Junior Guard Justin Haynes makes a screen on the UTEP defense. (PHOTO BY KATHERINE BRUCE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Senior Papa Dia led the Mustang attack with 19 points and eight rebounds in his last home game as a Mustang. Dia, Conference USA player of the year candidate, is now ranked fifth all-time at SMU for career rebounds and blocked shots.

Seniors Michael Walker and Collin Mangrum also put on strong performances in their last home games as Mustangs. Walker contributed 11 points while Mangrum contributed 14.

Robert Nyakundi was 2-3 from three-point range, improving his season percentage at three-point distance to .489 (88/180). These numbers rank him third overall in the NCAA. The junior has made 88 three-pointers this season, setting a new SMU record for most three-pointers in a season season.

The Mustangs take a time-out as Coach Matt Doherty discusses plays with the assistant coaches. (PHOTO BY KATHERINE BRUCE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

UTEP will carry the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the Conference USA tournament. The Miners will host the tournament.

The Mustangs return to the court on March 9 at the Conference USA tournament in El Paso, Texas. The Mustangs will be the No. 7 or No. 8 seed going in to the tournament on Wednesday.

Women’s Basketball Sets Record in Victory over UTEP

February 27, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

SMU women’s basketball(14-14, 7-8 C-USA) defeated the UTEP Miners(14-13, 6-9 C-USA) in El Paso Sunday night. The 70-64 victory completed the Mustang’s season sweep of the Miners.

SMU’s Raquel Christian led the Mustang attack setting a new school record. Christian set the SMU single-game record in 3-pointers with eight 3-point field goals, scoring a career-high 32 points. The senior went 11 for 16 from the field and a precise 8 for 12 from behind the three point arc. Christian’s 32 points is the 10th most in the program’s history.

The Mustangs went 24 for 52 in the game shooting 46.2 percent from the field. The game was close to the final seconds when junior Samantha Mahnesmith recorded 3 of 4 free throws in the final 20 seconds the take the victory. Mahnesmith scored 13 points on the night.

Senior Haley Day continued to impress, reaching double figures for the third-straight game with 10 points.

SMU concludes there regular season play this Thursday, March 3 against Rice at home in Moody Coliseum. Prior to the game the seniors will celebrate their last home game with Senior Day activities.

SMU Men’s Basketball Falls Short to UTEP

February 13, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

SMU Mustangs’ (15-9, 6-4 C-USA) 5-game winning streak was snapped by leading Conference-USA team UTEP(19-5, 7-2 C-USA), 67-57 Saturday night.

Despite the ‘Stangs best efforts, the UTEP Miners (19-5, 7-2 C-USA) put up a solid defense, limiting SMU.

With less than three minutes remaining, senior Collin Mangrum made a layup that put the Mustangs up 61-57. However, the Miners shut them out and landed their victory with four free throws in the final 23 seconds.

Senior Papa Dia had 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for the Mustangs . Collin Mangrum and Jeremiah Samarrippas scored 12 points each.

There were impressive individual performances and career highs set by the Mustangs. Mangrum set a personal record of 8 rebounds and Dia reached double digits for the 22nd time this season. Samarrippas hit double digits for the fourth time in the past five games.

Miners’ Christian Polk led with 18 points and Randy Culpepper added 14.

The Mustangs are now tied for fifth in Conference USA and will be playing at Houston, Wednesday at 7p.m.

SMU Women’s Basketball Claims Victory over UTEP

January 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Mia Castillo
mcastillo@smu.edu

SMU women’s basketball (10-8, 3-2 C-USA) team defeated UTEP (11-6, 3-3 C-USA) yesterday afternoon in Moody Coliseum with a final score of 81–79.

Four Mustangs finished Sunday’s game in double figures including senior guard/ forward Haley Day, junior post Christine Elliott, junior guard Samantha Mahnesmith and sophomore guard Alisha Filmore.

The game was close until the finish. UTEP cut the Mustangs lead down to 68–67 with 5:09 left to play and went on to take a 71-70 lead with only 4:20 left on the clock.

With the game tied with only 11 seconds to go on the clock, Filmore hit a pair of clutch free-throws to give the Mustangs the victory. SMU has now improved to 3–2 in Conference USA.

Day lead the Mustangs in points with a season-high 17, going 3-for-3 from the 3-point line.

The Mustangs hit the court again this Thursday, January 27, against Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Mississippi at 7 p.m.

The Daily Mustang: Monday, Nov 8

November 8, 2010 by · Comments Off 

The Daily Update: Monday, Nov 8 from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

You might be surprised how many people are driving drowsy, the National Sleep Foundation is trying to put a stop to it, and find out which of your Mustang sports teams came home with a win.

Sports Blog: Mustangs Travel To UTEP

November 4, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Posted by Kellis Cunningham

SMU Football is back on track after adding another win to the stat sheet. The win at Tulane last weekend was big seeing how they overcame a fourteen point deficit starting in the third quarter. Kyle Padron and Zach Line took control of a slow moving offense, putting up twenty-eight points from the end of the third quarter on.

This weekend, the Mustangs travel to El-Paso to take on the UTEP Miners who are sitting in a familiar seat like SMU. Both the Minors and the Mustangs have 5-4 records, as well as a high powered offenses ran by quarterbacks who have been accustomed to winning.

Trevor Vittatoe, the senior quarterback for UTEP, is the first quarterback in UTEP history to have three seasons of three thousand yards passing. But that was not enough to push the minors past SMU last year.

The Mustangs had their biggest game of the year when defeating the Minors at home, sealing their deal with the bowl in Hawaii as their first one in 25 years. This little fact most likely put a sour taste in the Minor mouths of UTEP.

Both teams have been preparing since their last games, and much is anticipated to see which offense will control the game, and the scoreboard. If fortune holds well for SMU, we will see a second straight Mustangs win and bowl eligibility yet again…thanks to UTEP.

AUDIO: On The Phone with SMU Men’s Basketball Coach Matt Doherty Feb. 10, 2010

February 10, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Listen to Sports Editor Robby Gillespie interview SMU men’s basketball coach Matt Doherty talk about the big wins so far this season and the huge home game against the UTEP Miners

VIDEO: Extra Point — SMU Wins Sixth Game

November 17, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Robby Gillespie and Chris Dell break down SMU’s 35-31 victory over UTEP to officially become bowl eligible.

VIDEO: Post-game Reaction to UTEP Win

November 17, 2009 by · Comments Off 

SMU Head Coach June Jones and senior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders react to the Mustang’s sixth victory this season and what it feels like to finally be bowl eligible.

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