Hello Mustang Fans!
Last Sunday, the Mustang men's basketball fans in attendance for Andy Wiersma Day saw an entertaining exhibition between the SMSU men's basketball Alumni team and the 2010-11 Mustang men's basketball team. It was a very entertaining game, with many Mustangs from the past showing they can still play the game. The Alumni were lead by Ryan Krome and Jacob Fahl who each had 12 points in the contest. The physical play throughout the game was very similar to what the Mustangs will face once the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season schedule begins.
The Mustangs played Wednesday against Dakota Wesleyan in an exhibition, winning 79-62 using a surge at the tail end of the game to pull away from the Tigers. The SMSU basketball team is back in action this Sunday when it heads to Maryville, Mo., to begin the regular season against Northwest Missouri State in a nonconference matchup, beginning at 3 p.m.
The SMSU volleyball team (24-3, NSIC 16-2) has moved down one spot and is ranked No. 2 in the latest NCAA Central Region volleyball rankings, announced by the NCAA national volleyball committee on Wednesday. The NCAA Central Region is composed of 28 schools from the NSIC and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
The NSIC earned the top three spots with Concordia-St. Paul taking over the No. 1 spot in the Central Region. Southwest Minnesota State dropped to second and Wayne State holds down the No. 3 position. The top eight teams, which will be announced on Sunday, qualify for the NCAA region tournament on Nov. 18-20.
The Mustangs will close out the regular season this weekend when they host No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth at 7 p.m. on Friday. SMSU will then welcome Bemidji State on Saturday, with the first serve set for 4 p.m.
HOOFPRINTS TRIVIA QUESTION
Who was the first head women's basketball coach for the Mustangs during the 1969-70 season?
The first person to email me at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between 9-10 a.m. on 1400 AM each week.
Also this week in Mustang volleyball new, five SMSU players were selected for the 2010 All-Conference volleyball team released Tuesday by the NSIC. Devin Diedrich, Mary Groth, Cara Carson and Brooke Burmeister were all named to the All-NSIC team and Kenzie Niesche was named All-NSIC honorable selection. Diedrich was also named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Year.
The SMSU football team (4-6, 3-6 NSIC) concludes the 2010 season on Saturday when it hosts Concordia-St. Paul (7-3, 6-3 NSIC) at Mattke Field at the Regional Event Center, with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. SMSU will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Saturday's game is also the final home game for 25 SMSU seniors. The players and their parents will be honored prior to the game.
The SMSU wrestling team opens its 2010-11 season this weekend when the Mustangs head to Fargo, N.D., Saturday to participate in the Bison Open. Head coach Jesse Nelson is excited about the competition he has this year within all the weight classes. The Mustang wrestling team has 47 wrestlers on the team, with 36 of them competing in this weekend's tournament.
The SMSU women's basketball will open regular season play on Tuesday when it takes on William Penn (Iowa) at home at 7 p.m. at the R/A Facility. The Mustangs are coming off a 75-48 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Williams Arena Nov. 3.
The Mustang wheelchair basketball team is idle until Dec. 4 when it will take on the Madonna Magic, continuing its 11-game homestand to begin the season.
Good luck to all of our Mustang teams this week. Go Mustangs!
Congratulations to Rick Haberman, who provided the correct answer to the Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: Who was the leading scorer on last year's Mustang men's basketball team? Last season, Scott Roehl was the Mustang's leading scorer, averaging 13.7 points per game and 8.2 rebounds, which also lead the team.