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Baseball completes miraculous turnaroundWith a record of 13-25 about three quarters of the way through the regular season, Rice baseball looked doomed to end its 22-year streak of NCAA tournament appearances.
In the northeast, fall begins when the leaves change color. In Florida, it’s when the snowbirds return to their gated communities.
On a sweltering Houston day that left even fans in the bleachers soaked in sweat, the Rice soccer team earned its first win of the year with a 4-0 victory over Texas A&M, Corpus Christi.
On April 16, Rice baseball’s record was 13-25. Today, after a remarkable turnaround, the team is on its way to the NCAA tournament. The Owls won the Conference USA title with a walk-off 5-4 victory over the University of Southern Mississippi to earn C-USA’s automatic bid to the postseason, extending the team’s streak of 23 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Rice's athletic teams have now won three conference championships this academic year. Two of those titles came on Sunday.
Rice women’s tennis rode a 15-5 record this season to the top seed in the Conference-USA Tournament.
Heading into the season, Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham knew he was going to have to replace talent on the pitching staff.
Sports Editor Andrew Grottkau and Staff Writer Madison Buzzard step up to the mic for the inaugural episode of OwlNation.
It’s just not the same this year. As the calendar turns past Beer Bike, normally the focus of Rice fans turns from the end of basketball season to the heart of the baseball season.
Senior guard Maya Hawkins left the Tudor Fieldhouse floor for the final time to a standing ovation and a hug from her head coach Tina Langley.
One moment, Rice men’s basketball was celebrating its best season in over a decade. The next, it was lost.
Rice men’s basketball lost two of its top players Monday when both sophomore guard Marcus Evans and junior guard Marcus Jackson announced they are planning to transfer after this school year.
Two days after Mike Rhoades left Rice men’s basketball, a new age began. Call it the Pera era. Last Thursday, Rice announced it will hire former associate head coach Scott Pera as its new head coach for next season.
Rice men’s basketball had its season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational, falling 85-79 to Utah Valley University.
When the baseball season began, Rice understandably had high expectations. The Owls have reached the NCAA tournament in 22 consecutive seasons and finished one run shy of the conference title last year.
When women’s basketball head coach Tina Langley took over last year, she was expected to begin a long rebuilding process for a team that had not had a winning record since 2011.
After Rice men’s basketball’s 88-81 upset win over Louisiana Tech University, head coach Mike Rhoades, smiling ear to ear, lifted his daughter up in a bear hug and spun her around.
Rice’s men’s basketball team is currently in the midst of one of its best-ever seasons. If the Owls can win one of their final four regular season games, they will have their most conference wins since joining Conference USA in 2005.
Last week in the Thresher’s baseball insert, multiple Rice players said their goal this season is to qualify for the College World Series.