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Women’s Basketball


Lady Mustangs go SMU’s second half rally falls short 5-2 over break Billy embody Staff Writer

Scott Sanford Contributing Writer While the student body was off spending time with family and friends, SMU’s Women’s basketball team was hard at work. Over winter break the Lady Mustangs competed in seven games, including two in San Diego and one in New Orleans. SMU recorded a respectable 5-2 record (11-4 overall), while beating Louisiana-Monroe, Stephen F. Austin, Harvard, and rivals Tulane and UCF. They did however lose back-to-back games against Wichita State and San Diego State. Against Louisiana-Monroe, the Mustangs cruised to their first win of the break, crushing the Warhawks 76-56. Lead by junior transfer Keena Mays, who recorded 23 points and 11 rebounds in her first game at SMU. The Mustangs held the Warhawks to a 14 point first half. Destynee Hives-McCray also recorded her third doubledouble of the season, adding 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forty-eight hours later, the Mustangs defeated Stephen F. Austin 71-62. Mays had another spectacular game, scoring 33 points in 34 minutes of play. Mays became the first player since 2001 to score 33 points in a game for the Lady Mustangs. After two wins to kick off break, the Mustangs fell on December 22nd to Wichita State 61-59. The Mustangs had the last shot in the

final minutes with a chance to tie or win the game, however their lastsecond shot bounced off the front of the rim. Following the tough loss, the Mustangs traveled to San Diego to participate in the San Diego Surf ‘n Slam Classic. SMU fell in its first game to tournament host San Diego State, 88-72. Although Mays and Akil Simpson added 26 and 20 points, respectably, the Aztecs’ three players in doubledigits proved to be too much for the Lady Mustangs. The Mustangs faced Harvard in the second round, where they were able to come out on top, winning 8873. Their 88 points were a seasonhigh for SMU, getting significant contributions from Mays, Simpson and Alisha Filmore, who were all in double-figures. After their win over Harvard, the Mustangs traveled to New Orleans to kick off ConferenceUSA play. The Mustangs hit six clutch free throws in the last minute of play to seal a 62-56 victory over the Tulane. Mays finished with a game high 27 points on 9 for 19 shooting. SMU returned home to face conference rival UCF. The Mustangs cruised to a 15-point victory, defeating the Knights 6954. SMU was led by Korina Baker, who recorded a career high 17 points on the night. The Mustangs faced 9-6 Southern Mississippi Thursday night and will host Rice Sunday at 2 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.

UPCOMING WOMEN’S SCHEDULE 1/20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vs. Rice

02/07. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vs. UAB

1/31. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at Tulsa

02/10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vs Marshall

1/31. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vs. Houston

02/14. . . . . . . . . . . at East Carolina

02/03. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at UTEP

02/17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at Memphis

Southern Mississippi was able to rally from a huge deficit and beat the SMU Men’s Basketball team in Moody Coliseum, Wednesday night, 74-70 in a Conference USA match up. SMU had a shot at the end to tie the game, but Nick Russell’s shot was short and Southern Miss grabbed the rebound to seal the win for the Golden Eagles, who dropped SMU to 1-3 in C-USA play. At one point in the first half, SMU’s lead was 19 over Southern Miss, but the Mustangs let that lead diminish to just six at the end of the first half and never SMU’s Shawn Williams (Left) talks with Nick Russell (Right) during a time out fully recovered. The Mustangs started slow in the second half, second half. Eagles as they were able to shoot allowing Southern Miss to get up “We just got to keep learning at will, making nine of 15 attempts by 10 at one point due to multiple and coaching and improving. I can from three-point range. turnovers and a lack of energy. deal with games like this. A lot of “I can deal with three-point “Their depth really hurt us, but nights, win or lose and go home shots with a hand up. The straight this is probably the happiest I’ve kind of discouraged, but I know line drives trouble me a little bit been with our team all year. We what we got and have been dealt and I think when teams are makgot a little bit too quick offensively with these kids and they’re getting ing shots, you’ve got to be more and they took advantage of that,” better,” Brown said. patient on offense and that’s what head coach Larry Brown said. At the beginning of the second I tried to tell them,” Brown said Even with sophomore Jalen half, Southern Miss got off to a about the hot streak the Golden Jones’ sixth double-double of the hot start shooting and shots nearly Eagles went on. season and junior Shawn Wil74 percent in the second half after Jones led SMU with 20 points liams hitting five of his eight three shooting 32 percent in the first and also grabbed 12 rebounds point attempts, SMU could not half. SMU just could not spot the in the game. Jones went off in get anything going until late in the three-point shot from the Golden the second half with 13 points


and set the tone rebounding the entire night. For Southern Miss, Dwayne Davis scored 17 points to extend their winning streak to six games. The Golden Eagles had three other players in double figures in the game as well despite being in the double bonus for a majority of the second half. SMU’s next three games are on the road versus C-USA teams starting Saturday with UTEP at 3 p.m. The Mustangs next home game is Feb. 2 versus Houston at 3 p.m. CT.


SMU’s teams are off to strong starts this season Alex Levy Contributing Writer SMU Men’s Swimming and Diving team is off to a great start this season. After taking down rival TCU in a meet earlier this season, they competed hard against nationally ranked #19 LSU this past weekend, only to fall short 139-161. A major bright spot for the Mustangs this season has been

the performance of sophomore Devin Burnett. In the meet against LSU at Perkins Natatorium this past Saturday he won both the one meter and three meter dives. Burnett won the three meter dive by more than 50 points. Over winter break, Burnett participated at the Tennessee Diving Invitational in Knoxville, where he placed fourth in the one-meter dive and sixth in the platform dive. Coming up this weekend,

the Mustangs host the Classic at SMU in Perkins Natatorium. Later this month, they will take on Texas A&M. The Conference USA Championship is not until late February for the Mustangs and the NCAA Championship then comes in late March. SMU Women’s Swimming and Diving team has also come off the blocks strong. Early in the season they hosted the SMU Classic that had five nationally ranked teams in competition.

The Mustangs finished sixth in the Classic. During this past week, they beat both North Texas and Houston in a meet in Denton. This weekend SMU will compete in the Austin Grand Prix before hosting rival TCU later this month. The Conference USA Championship starts February 20th in Houston and the NCAA Championship is slated to begin March 21st in Indianapolis.

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The print edition of The Daily Campus for Friday, January 18, 2013.


The print edition of The Daily Campus for Friday, January 18, 2013.