Nikki’s Numbers: SMU’s week in sports by the numbers
1 – The number of recipients for the SMU Legends Award. The Legends Award, presented by the SMU Lettermen’s Association and the Department of Athletics, recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the success and legacy of the SMU Athletics Program that fall outside of the realm of athletic success. Hayden Fry will be the first recipient of the award on May 1 for his outstanding achievements as the SMU football team’s head coach starting in 1962, continuing for 11 seasons. Fry brought SMU a Southwest Conference Championship and three Bowl appearances. Fry was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
6 – The number of players the SMU women’s soccer team acquired on National Signing Day. The Mustangs added one keeper, Catie Brown from California, two midfielders, Katie Carr from California and Blair Thorpe from Dallas, two defenders, Kat Wood and Haley Thompson from Colorado, and one forward, Hannah Fleet from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The team is graduating five seniors after the spring season.
9 – The time when ESPN’s College GameDay coverage begins inside Moody Coliseum. Moody’s doors will open to fans at 8:15 a.m. and they will stay open all day as GameDay hosts Rece Davis, Seth Greenberg, and Jay Williams prepare for SMU to take on the defending NCAA champions, the UConn Huskies, at 8 p.m.
16 – The number of points SMU men’s basketball’s Cannen Cunningham scored to propel the Mustangs to a 68-57 win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Cunningham’s 16 points is a season high for the senior center. Cunningham and Nic Moore led a 15-0 run to start the second half. Nic Moore scored a team-high 23 points and Yanick Moreira had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
22 – The number of seasons SMU women’s volleyball head coach Lisa Seifert will have coached after completing her newly signed three year extension contract. Seifert has been the only coach in the team’s history since she started the program in 1996. Seifert is coming off her most successful season as the Mustangs won 26 games and won their first game against a ranked team, which was against No. 24 Oklahoma. Seifert recorded her 300 win this past season and was elected in 2013 by fellow coaches to serve as President of the League Coaches for the AAC.
25 – The rank of SMU men’s basketball in the AP Top 25 poll. The Mustangs barely hang on to their rank this week after losing to Cincinnati for the second time this season. However, their win against formerly undefeated Tulsa kept them in the ranks.
27 – The number of points SMU women’s basketball’s freshman Alicia Froling scored against UCF last Saturday to bring the Mustangs their first AAC win this season. Twenty-seven is Froling’s career high and it was the second-most points ever scored by a freshman. Froling also had 10 rebounds, marking her fifth double-double and third in her last four games. SMU takes on Tulsa Saturday at 1 p.m. and will be part of ESPN’s College GameDay coverage as well.