New Era For SMU Women's Basketball Begins In December; First Game In Moody Coliseum Is Jan. 4
Aug 28, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's basketball season begins Nov. 10, with non-conference home games played at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, before the re-opening of a renovated Moody Coliseum on Jan. 4. The Mustangs play five home games before the first season of American Athletic Conference competition opens with a nationally-televised game at Louisville on Dec. 29.
The Mustangs will make their debut in the renovated Moody Coliseum against USF on Jan. 4 as part of a doubleheader with the SMU men's team. The $47 million renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum will be completed in December, so the Mustangs can host all conference games on campus. The renovated Moody Coliseum will provide many new and improved features, including a renovated main entry lobby, expanded concourses with raised ceilings, club seats, loge boxes, private suites, group suites, new event space, offices, team locker rooms and meeting space.
"This is such an exciting time for our basketball program," head coach Rhonda Rompola said. "We get to be part of history - opening up a new arena and being part of a new conference. In the American Athletic Conference, we will have the chance to play against some of the most successful programs in the nation and are looking forward to the opportunity."
SMU will host Grambling State in the season opener on Nov. 10, with metroplex-rival TCU visiting on Nov. 13. The non-conference slate will also feature road games against in-state rivals Stephen F. Austin, UTEP and North Texas. The Mustangs will also travel to the Bahamas to compete in the Junkanoo Jam Tournament, facing Kansas State and either Tennessee or Virginia.
The schedule includes 13 home games in all, nine in Moody Coliseum, and features home games against Connecticut and Louisville, which played for the national championship last season. SMU will be featured on national television twice, with its Dec. 29 and Jan. 19 games airing on ESPNU.
The Mustangs return four of five starters from the 2012-13 team, including Keena Mays, who was named Conference Player of the Year and earned All-Region honors as a junior. Last season, SMU posted a 21-10 record, won the C-USA Regular-Season Championship, and reached the postseason for the 12th time under Rompola.
Season ticket packages are $75, and can be purchased by calling 214-SMU-GAME (214-768-4263) or by going to SMUMustangs.com/tickets. All SMU basketball games are broadcast on the Mustangs Radio Network; which includes the flagship KAAM 770 AM in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For season ticket information call 214-SMU-GAME (214-768-4263) or visit SMUMustangs.com/tickets.
2013-14 SMU Women's Basketball Conference Schedule Day Date Opponent Time TV Sun. Nov. 10 Grambling 2 PM Wed. Nov. 13 TCU 7 PM Sat. Nov. 16 at Eastern Washington 2 PM Tues. Nov. 19 Miss Valley State 7 PM Sat. Nov. 23 at Stephen F. Austin 2 PM Mon. Nov. 25 Lamar 6 PM Thu. Nov. 28 vs. Kansas State 3 PM Fri. Nov. 29 vs. Tenn. or Virginia 3:45/6 PM Wed. Dec. 4 Southeast LA 7 PM Sat. Dec. 7 at UTEP TBD Sat. Dec. 21 at North Texas 2 PM Sun. Dec. 29 at Louisville* 2 p.m. ESPNU Wed. Jan. 1 at Cincinnati* 12 p.m. Sat. Jan. 4 USF* 3:30 p.m. Tues. Jan. 7 Memphis* 7 p.m. Sat. Jan. 11 at Rutgers* 1 p.m. Tues. Jan. 14 at Temple* 6 p.m. Sun. Jan. 19 Louisville* 12:30 p.m. ESPNU Sat. Jan. 25 at Houston* 2 p.m. Tues. Jan. 28 Cincinnati* 7 p.m. Sat. Feb. 1 Temple* 3:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 4 at Connecticut* 6 p.m. Sat. Feb. 8 Rutgers* 2 p.m. Tues. Feb. 11 at UCF* 6 p.m. Sat. Feb. 15 Houston* 2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 22 at Memphis* 2 p.m. Tues. Feb. 25 Connecticut* 7 p.m. Sat. March 1 at USF* 6 p.m. Mon. March 3 UCF* 7 p.m. March 7-March 10 American Athletic Conference Tournament Home games played in Curtis Culwell Center prior to Jan. 1 Home games played in Moody Coliseum after Jan. 1 All times Central and subject to change