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Mustang Hoofprints: Jan. 27

January 27, 2011
By Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang fans!

One of the great SMSU traditions is upon us. This Saturday, the SMSU women's and men's basketball teams will host Winona State as part of the Hawaiian Night festivities here on the campus of SMSU. Hawaiian Night has become a regional attraction for families, area high school students and the Marshall and SMSU communities. It is a fun night where fans and students alike dress in their best Hawaiian outfit.

The Hawaiian Night environment in the R/A Facility is electrifying and provides our Mustang basketball teams a great home-court advantage. I would like to invite you and your family out to SMSU this Friday as the Mustangs host Upper Iowa University, and then the finale, when we host Winona State on Saturday for Hawaiian Night. Come support the Mustangs and enjoy great Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's and men's basketball.

Following Saturday's basketball games, all Mustang Booster Club members, alumni and friends are invited to the American Legion Hall for a social sponsored by the SMSU Alumni Association and Mustang Booster Club. The social will begin shortly after the Mustang men's basketball game this Saturday. Appetizers will be provided to all who are able to attend.

This year's Gold Rush Raffle, hosted by the Mustang Booster Club, will be on Friday, Feb. 25 in the SMSU Conference Center Ballroom. Tickets are just $50 each for your chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, call the athletic department at (507) 537-7204.

If you have not been to the Gold Rush Raffle, you should buy a raffle ticket and join us for a night of fun, friendship and laughter. Every year, the raffle gets great reviews from the people who attend. It is a mid-winter social event that you will not want to miss with cash prizes, giveaways, mystery prizes, games, and silent and live raffle items. The Gold Rush is sponsored by the Mustang Booster Club and has sold out all six years. For more information on the Gold Rush Raffle, please go to and click on the "Gold Rush Raffle" button on the right side of our webpage.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

What year did SMSU?athletics officially become a member of NCAA?Division II?

The first person to email Chris Hmielewski at 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.

Here is a rundown of the Mustang Booster Club and SMSU athletics department special events coming up in January and February:

g Hawaiian Night - Saturday at 6 p.m./8 p.m. (women's and men's basketball vs. Winona State)

g Gold Rush Raffle - Friday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. (social hour)

g Hall of Honor - Saturday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

The SMSU women's basketball team (6-11, 5-8 NSIC) will wrap up a four-game homestand at the R/A Facility this weekend. On Friday, the Mustangs will host Upper Iowa (1-16, 1-12 NSIC) before concluding the weekend against Winona State (12-5, 8-5 NSIC) Saturday (Hawaiian Night), with both games scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

Last weekend, the Mustangs defeated Minnesota-Duluth 65-52 on Friday night and Bemidji State (57-54) on Saturday, completing the first weekend sweep of the season. It was also the first time that SMSU has won back-to-back games all season.

The SMSU men's basketball team (8-9, 5-8 NSIC) also continues its four -game homestand this weekend with a pair of NSIC games. On Friday, the Mustangs will take on the Upper Iowa University (6-11, 5-8 NSIC), before concluding the weekend versus Winona State University (13-4, 9-4 NSIC) on Saturday (Hawaiian Night), with both contests starting at 8 p.m. The SMSU men's basketball team is currently coming off of two home wins last weekend against UMD and Bemidji State.

The SMSU wrestling team (4-1-1 overall) is coming off a 35-8 loss to the third-ranked St. Cloud State in the Mustangs' first NSIC dual of the season. We had a great crowd in the PE Gym for last Saturday's match against St. Cloud State. The Mustangs will continue NSIC action this Friday as they host Upper Iowa at 7 p.m. in the PE Gym.

The Mustang wheelchair basketball team (9-5 overall) went 1-4 on the weekend at the University of Illinois with their win coming in the second game against Edinboro University. The four losses came to the University of Illinois, University of Texas-Arlington and two games to the University of Alabama. The Mustangs will be back in action on Feb. 11-12 when they head to the University of Missouri to compete.

Good luck to all of our Mustang teams this week. Go Mustangs!

g No one came up with the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: How many years has the SMSU women's basketball team been hosting the Alumni Women's Basketball Weekend? The Women's Basketball Alumni Weekend/Game was started by former head coach, Kelly Kruger. The event has been hosted for the last nine years, beginning in 2002.



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