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Previewing the AAC: Southern Methodist University

The SMU Mustangs join the AAC after a successful campaign in Conference USA. Can they build on their success in their new digs?

Transfer Kamy Cole led TCU in assists and steals last season before transferring to SMU.
Transfer Kamy Cole led TCU in assists and steals last season before transferring to SMU.
Photo by Kevin Jairaj.

A narrow loss to Bowling Green in the WNIT ended SMU's 2012-13 season, but the Mustangs can take a lot of positives from their last campaign. SMU won 20 games for the ninth time in program history and they walked away with only four conference losses in their final season in Conference USA.

Now the Mustangs move to the AAC as the only private school in the conference (until next year when Tulsa joins) and will look to build on their success in 2013.

SMU brings in two transfer students and one true freshman to bolster nine returning players, including five seniors. Point guard Kamy Cole will likely be the highlight of the incoming class as she played very well for the TCU Horned Frogs last season.

While the Mustangs played well last season, they, like everyone else in the AAC, will have to prove they can beat UCONN and Louisville if they hope to qualify for the NCAA tournament next March.

2012-13 Record: 21-10 (12-4 Conference USA)

2012-13 Conference: Conference USA

2013-14 Season Opener: 11/10 vs. Grambling State

Who's back:

  • Korina Baker: The senior played in all 31 of SMU's games last season after transferring from North Idaho College. Baker averaged the seventh-most assists in the conference at 3.5 a game -- one of nine players with over 100 assists.
  • Brittney Hardy: After redshirting last season, Hardy returns for her sophomore season. She played in just 10 games in her freshman year as a 6-2 forward.
  • Destynee Hives-McCray: Now in her third season with the Mustangs, the 6-0 forward was second on the team in rebounds with 6.3 a game. Hives-McCray chipped in with 8.4 points a game last year.
  • Krystal Johnson: One of five seniors, Johnson has spent her entire collegiate career with the Mustangs. Last season she played in 26 games and averaged just over seven minutes a night.
  • Keena Mays: A Kansas transfer, the senior is in her second year at SMU. Mays was selected as an All-Conference USA player last year and started all 23 of the games she played in after sitting out the first eight due to NCAA transfer rules. She scored over 20 points nine times.
  • Raven Short: The junior redshirted last year. In her sophomore year, Short played in 31 games and started four while averaging 13.5 minutes a game.
  • Gabrielle Wilkins: As a freshman she broke a school record for most steals in a game (10) that also tied the Conference USA record.
  • Akil Simpson: Started 29 of her 31 games and led the Mustangs with 8.1 rebounds a game (ninth in the conference). Simpson is a 6-0 forward and is one of the five seniors on the squad.
  • Mallory Singleton: The senior came off the bench in 27 of her 30 games as a backup post player. Singleton is 6-2 and scored 96 points last season.

Who's new:

  • Morgan Bolton: Played in 24 games for the University of Arkansas Little Rock in her freshman year before transferring to SMU. The 5-6 sophomore averaged just a point and a rebound a game in limited playing time.
  • Kamy Cole: A transfer from TCU, Cole started in 22 games as a freshman for the Horned Frogs and scored over nine points a game. She led the team steals and assists. I couldn't find much on why Cole transferred -- but her sister played for the Mustangs in the early 2000s.
  • Kiara Perry: The only true freshman on the team, Perry is one of three Mustangs from Duncanville, Texas.
Full Roster:
10 Korina Baker 5-7 Guard SR-1L Valleyford, Wash. (North Idaho College)
12 Morgan Bolton 5-6 Guard SO-TR Duncanville, Texas (Ark.-Little Rock)
2 Kamy Cole 5-9 Guard SO-TR Brock, Texas (TCU)
33 Brittney Hardy 6-2 Forward RS SO-1L Frisco, Texas (Oklahoma State)
31 Destynee Hives-McCray 6-0 Forward JR-2L Arlington, Texas (Martin)
25 Krystal Johnson 5-5 Guard SR-3L Garland, Texas (Naaman Forest)
23 Keena Mays 5-7 Guard SR-1L Arlington, Texas (Kansas)
00 Kiara Perry 5-10 Guard FR-HS Duncanville, Texas (Duncanville)
32 Raven Short 5-11 Guard RS JR-2L Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus)
5 Akil Simpson 6-0 Forward SR-3L Duncanville, Texas (Duncanville)
44 Mallory Singleton 6-2 Post SR-3L Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound)
3 Gabrielle Wilkins 5-9 Guard SO-1L Garland, Texas (Garland)