SMU announced, on Aug. 28., that their women’s basketball program will open its inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference with a nationally televised game at Louisville on Dec. 29. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CST, and will be televised on ESPNU. The Mustangs will also get a national television audience when Louisville comes to Dallas on Jan. 19, as the game will again be televised on ESPNU.
SMU, coming off a 21-10 season, will play each of the nine other AAC teams in a home-and-home series. THE AAC enters their first year of existence but has a number of solid women’s basketball programs including reigning NCAA champions Connecticut and NCAA runners-up Louisville. Temple, Rutgers, South Florida, Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis and Central Florida are the conference’s other members.
The Mustangs made their 12th postseason appearance under head coach Rhonda Rompola in 2012-13. Rompolo is 401-263 in her 21-years at SMU.
SMU women will open up their conference home schedule versus South Florida on January 4, in the $47 million renovated Moody Coliseum as part of a doubleheader with the men. The men’s team will tangle with Connecticut on that day.
The renovations of Moody Coliseum are expected to be completed in December which means that the Mustangs will be able to play their conference home games on campus. Enhancements of the facility include the main entry lobby, expanded concourses with raised ceilings, club seats, loge boxes, private suites, group suites, new event space, offices, locker rooms and meeting space.
SMU returns four of five starters from the 2012-13 team, including Keena Mays Conference USA Player of the Year last season. Mays averaged 18.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Other returning starters for the Mustangs include guard Korina Baker, forward Akil Simpson and junior Destynee Hives-McCray.