Nikki’s Numbers: SMU’s week in sports by the numbers

3 – The SMU women’s track and field team placed third at the AAC Indoor Championship on Saturday in New York at the New Balance Track and Field Center. The Mustangs finished just 3.5 points behind second-place UCF and 25 behind first place UConn. There was one gold medal winner, Rayann Chin, in the weight throw, followed by two silver finishes and four bronze finishes.

4 – The SMU women’s basketball team had four players score in double-figures in their 60-53 win against Memphis on Monday night at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. SMU improves to 3-15 in the AAC thanks to Alicia Froling’s 13 points, Destynee Hives-McCray’s 11, Gabrielle Wilkins’ 11 and Morgan Bolton’s 13 points. SMU forced 22 Memphis turnovers, converting them into 19 SMU points. Senior Raven Short also had seven rebounds, her second-highest total this season. Freshman Taylor Brame made her first collegiate appearance, playing nine minutes for the Mustangs.

6 – SMU will induct six new members into the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2015 class includes Jerry Ball, Ryan Berube, Schellas Hyndman, Dennis Ralston, Jennifer Santrock, and the late Bill Forester. Ball was a defensive lineman for the SMU football team from 1983-86. He played 13 seasons in the NFL and was a four-time Pro-Bowl selection. Berube was the NCAA’s Swimmer of the year in 1996 after winning gold in three different events at the 1996 NCAA Championships. Hyndman took the SMU men’s soccer team to 23 NCAA tournaments in 25 seasons before being hired as the head coach of FC Dallas in 2008. Ralston was the head coach of the SMU men’s tennis team from 1981-89 and again in 1991-93. Ralston was named the NCAA Coach of the year in 1983. Santrock was a four-time All-American tennis player for the Lady Mustangs before turning pro and reaching the second round in four Grand Slam events. Forester was a defensive tackle and lineman for the football team from 1950-52 before he was drafted in the third round by the Green Bay Packers with whom he played 11 seasons.

7 – SMU men’s tennis defeated Incarnate Word on Sunday 7-0 at the new SMU Tennis Complex. SMU won the opening doubles point in No.3 doubles and then No. 2 doubles followed shortly. SMU swept the singles play with wins by Samm Butler, Markus Kerner, Nate Lammons, Arkadijs Slobodkins, Julio Olaya, and Alex Josepher. SMU improves to 11-2 overall and they will host Sacramento State and Texas-Pan American in a double header on Friday.

22 – SMU men’s basketball drops from No. 21 to No. 22 in the AP rankings after a loss to UConn in Hartford, Conn. on Sunday afternoon. The Mustangs dropped the contest 73-81 and their record moves to 14-3 in the AAC with two losses to Cincinnati and one to UConn. SMU was shooting only 28.6 percent from behind the arc compared to UConn’s 45 percent and 45.5 to UConn’s 53.2 field goal percentage. Markus Kennedy led the Mustangs with 18 points but couldn’t keep up with UConn’s big man Rodney Purvis who scored a career-high 28 points.

31 – No. 31 ranked Oklahoma defeated SMU women’s tennis 4-0 on Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The Mustangs lost all four singles matches and two doubles matches to allow Oklahoma a clean point-sweep. SMU lost both matches in Oklahoma as they also fell to No. 12 Oklahoma State on Friday. SMU is now 7-2 but 2-0 in the AAC. The Mustangs return to action in Dallas on Thursday at 6 p.m. to take on cross-town rival TCU at the SMU Tennis Complex.

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