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Men’s basketball improved its Conference USA record to 3-4 and halted its three game losing streak by defeating Middle Tennessee State University 79-68 on Thursday at Tudor Fieldhouse.
During his tenure with the Rice Owls men’s basketball team, junior guard Ako Adams has experienced immense turmoil.
The women’s basketball team extended its undefeated stretch to seven games, claiming a 64-52 victory on Saturday over the University of North Texas at Tudor Fieldhouse. The win gave Rice a 5-0 Conference USA record and a 14-3 overall mark.
Lauren Grigsby, a senior guard on the women’s basketball team, begins nearly every game sitting on the bench, but she doesn’t mind at all. According to Grigsby, fulfilling her role as a player off the bench requires her to take on different responsibilities in each game.
In 2016, Rice women’s basketball head coach Tina Langley introduced a pair of sisters, Erica and Olivia Ogwumike, as transfers from Pepperdine University.
Rice women’s basketball improved its record to 4-2 by defeating McNeese State University, 93-65 on Sunday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse. With the win, Rice extended its winning streak to four games, after losing its first two games to top-25 ranked opponents.
Rice men’s basketball takes on the University of Houston on Wednesday night at Texas Southern University. So far, Rice has a 2-1 record, and Houston won its first and only game of the season in a 101-54 beatdown of Alabama A&M University. Thresher Assistant Sports Editor Madison Buzzard and Daily Cougar Sports Editor Andres Chio came together to discuss the game, and what the matchup portends for the two teams.
First-seeded Rice will face eighth-seeded University of North Carolina, Charlotte in the opening game of the Conference USA Volleyball Championship Tournament, beginning on Friday, Nov. 16th in Huntington, West Virginia.
Rice soccer is marching onward.
On Sunday, Rice volleyball broke the team’s all-time record win streak with its 13th consecutive win of the season, defeating Conference USA foe University of Texas, El Paso in a come-from-behind five-set victory.
Rice soccer split a pair of home matches against two Conference USA foes from Florida this weekend at Holloway Field.
When Rice baseball won the College World Series in 2003, it became one of 28 teams since 1957 to have won an NCAA Championship. At the time, Wayne Graham was head coach of the Owls. Graham’s coaching career ended in 2018; in for Rice steps Matt Bragga.
Four weeks after finishing the preseason, Powderpuff held its first full slate of regular season games on Sunday. Eight of the 12 teams played: Lovett v. Wiess, Duncan v. McMurtry, Will Rice v. Hanszen and Baker v. Sid Rich.
After one month’s worth of rescheduling, the Powderpuff coordinators have released an updated schedule of all remaining regular season and postseason games. Rescheduling was done after a confidential coaches’ and captains’ meeting.
Brown College defeated Martel College 13-7 in Powderpuff’s opening regular season game in Sunday’s wet conditions.
The Rice volleyball team dispatched three non-conference opponents on its way to a perfect record at the Rice Adidas Invitational II held in Tudor Fieldhouse last weekend. The invitational was Rice’s second non-conference tournament of the season. This time, the Owls’ opponents were the University of Mississippi, Austin Peay State University and McNeese State University. The match against Ole Miss was held on Friday night, and the latter two games on Saturday. Rice entered the matchup against Ole Miss coming off a four-set loss to Stephen F. Austin State University the previous Tuesday. Early on, it appeared as if the Owls were in trouble. They lost the first set 25-21, as Mississippi outside hitter Emily Stroup attacked Rice from multiple angles en route to six kills in the set. Eventually, Rice’s consistency and defensive presence became a more important factor in the match. Senior libero Lee Ann Cunningham manufactured a game-high 24 digs, freshman setter Carly Graham added 28 assists and the Owls dug deep on defense to hold Ole Miss to a modest .122 hit percentage. Rice defeated the Rebels in four sets by scores of 21-25, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-20. Junior outside hitter Tori Woogk was one of four Owls who registered 10 or more kills against the Rebels. According to Woogk, Rice’s adjustment between the first and second set was more about execution than strategy. “We started slow, but after the first set we said, ‘What do we want to focus on?’” Woogk said. “We said passing and serving, and I think we came together and fixed what we were lacking in the first set and brought it back.” Head coach Genny Volpe said she agreed that the Owls’ serving was the most important aspect in their defeat of Ole Miss. “I thought the team did a really nice job of serving,” Volpe said. “I thought that helped the whole match because it put Ole Miss on the defense, and they were out of system a little bit more than they usually are. I also think our balanced attack picked up. Our passing started improving, and our setters did a really nice job.” In the second match of the tournament, Rice handed Austin Peay its second loss of the season in a four-set victory: 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 25-20. Graham added another 24 assists but was outdone by junior setting partner Adria Martinez, who tallied 30. Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Lennon put on a clinic with 25 kills in the match. According to Volpe, Rice carried over the momentum from Friday’s victory into Saturday morning. “I was pleased with our mental approach to the morning match,” Volpe said. “Nicole [Lennon] and Grace [Morgan] really stepped up offensively and Lee Ann [Cunningham] was creating transition opportunities. Her defense was key in the match.” The last game of the weekend for Rice was against McNeese State, which had tallied only one win all season. After grinding out two tough four-set matches, the Owls rolled over their last opponent in three straight sets: 25-17, 25-19, 25-14. Morgan, a junior middle blocker, aided Rice’s fast start with five kills in the opening set. After the win, Lennon was named tournament MVP while Morgan and Cunningham were selected to the all-tournament team along with Lennon. Cunningham said she attributed her tournament success to maintaining control on the volleyball court. “One of the things we talk about before each game that people want to see out of Rice Volleyball is being dominant and efficient,” Cunningham said. “That was a focus for this game especially. We feel like we have kind of been playing point to point with some teams, but we took control tonight.” Next, Rice will open its conference slate Friday at 6 p.m. with a match against the University of Texas, El Paso at Tudor Fieldhouse. Volpe said the goal of the team entering conference play is to stay consistent following tournament success. “Our message in the locker room is always progress,” Volpe said. “We want to keep making progress and stay consistent, and be a better team tomorrow than we were today. That message will never change.”
Last September, I wrote a column in the Rice Thresher titled “Rice football must build a winning culture.” In the article, I pleaded for Rice to make two changes: 1) fire its then-head football coach David Bailiff, and 2) liven its mundane stadium atmosphere.
In less than two weeks, a matchup on Sept. 22 between Lovett College and Sid Richardson College will kick off the opening weekend of Rice Powderpuff.
Rice’s Intramural Sports program will introduce scheduling changes in the fall 2018 semester, primarily affecting students who play college flag football and outdoor soccer.