Rice Girls’s Basketball improved their report to 15-2 with back-to-back victories in opposition to Louisiana Tech College this weekend. The Owls outscored the Woman Techsters by a mixed 34 factors as they earned their tenth and eleventh convention wins of the season. Head coach Tina Langley stated she is happy with her crew’s efficiency, particularly given their stop-and-start season because of the pandemic.
“I couldn’t be extra happy with the group of ladies that I get to educate,” Langley stated. “They preserve displaying up and dealing exhausting; their resilience and toughness are superb.”
On each ends of the court docket, the Owls had been dominant. On the defensive finish, they held the Techsters to 31 p.c and 36 p.c capturing respectively. In line with Langley, the crew’s protection efficiency was a return to what she’s been used to with this group.
“I believed we had nice effort defensively these final two video games and we began to look extra like ourselves,” Langley stated.
On Friday, the Owls sank a season excessive 14 three-pointers, capturing 58.3 p.c from past the arc, as they cruised to a 23-point victory. 4 Owls had been in double determine scoring, led by junior guard Jasmine Smith who had 16 factors in 27 minutes and senior middle Nancy Mulkey who scored 13 factors and snagged 14 rebounds.
Coach Langley was thrilled with the vitality and fervour that Mulkey, who’s the 2021 Naismith Girls’s Defensive Participant of the Yr Semifinalist, brings to the court docket on daily basis.
“[Mulkey] brings ardour for the sport and an vitality and love for it that actually fuels us,” Langley stated. “She’s so humble and works so extremely exhausting.”
The Owls dominated on the glass as nicely, outrebounding the Bulldogs by a margin of 43 to 27. Additionally they led the sport in bench scoring, because of contributions from a number of youthful gamers.
“We’re a really younger crew and it’s thrilling to look and see who they will develop into,” Langley stated. “I take a look at a few of our younger gamers proper now and suppose [these next few years] are gonna be actually enjoyable.”
After honoring the seniors pre-game on Saturday, the Owls received the again finish of the double header, led by Muley who notched her second double double of the weekend (15 factors and 12 rebounds) and sophomore Lauren Schwartz who added a game-high 19 factors of her personal.
Langley was more than happy with the efficiency of the younger sophomore, who not solely put up massive offensive numbers however had a troublesome defensive task on the opposite finish of the court docket, matching up in opposition to the Woman Techster’s senior guard Amber Dixon.
“Lauren Schwartz is [quite] a participant,” Langley stated. “She has an amazing IQ, handles the ball nicely for us and might shoot in any respect three ranges. She had a troublesome defensive task [this weekend] and did an amazing job. She continues to develop and I’m so happy with her and the work she places in.”
In the course of the sport on Saturday, Mulkey additionally drained her third three-pointer of the season, notable for a 6’9” middle. That shot additionally pushed her over the celebrated 1,000 pointmark for her collegiate profession sporting the blue and gray. Langley stated she isn’t solely happy with Mulkey’s on-court dominance, but in addition how she carries herself off of the court docket.
“Nancy is an unbelievable individual, it was exhausting to not get emotional right this moment,” Langley stated, speaking about Mulkey’s a thousandth level and the senior day ceremonies. “We had been speaking about how shut we’ve all grown by way of the years, and I really like her a lot. She’s a selfless individual with extremely excessive character.”
The Owls are again on the court docket this week with a double header in opposition to the College of North Texas. In what was initially alleged to be an off-week earlier than the Convention USA event, these video games needed to be made up from three weeks of video games the Owls had canceled within the midst of the season.
“C-USA determined that groups who missed video games might make them up subsequent week,” Langley stated. “Sadly, it’s proper earlier than the convention event, however we’re grateful for the chance for the observe and alternative to play.”