The Rice Owls were supposed to be good this season, but this good? After losing star guard Erica Ogwumike to graduation, Tina Langley's squad was still supposed to be one of Conference-USA's best teams. But the Owls might be more than that, as they're 8-1 on the season, with that only loss coming in a nailbiter against an undefeated Texas A&M team.
This week, we've got plenty of great games on the docket, including more big contests for Texas A&M, plus a lot of strong games for the state's Conference USA teams. Southland play heats up as well. It's a good week to watch women's basketball in Texas.
As a freshman, UTEP point guard Katia Gallegos averaged 9.8 points, 5.3 assists, and 1.8 steals per game as the Miners finished 16-14, a huge improvement from the 2018-19 campaign where they were 9-22. Gallegos helped provide a steady hand at the point, finishing 33rd in the country in assists.
The NCAA announced its COVID health and safety protocols for the 2020-21 men’s basketball tournament. The event is set to take place entirely in Indianapolis and nearby areas and colleges during March and April.
The biggest game of the upcoming week, a battle between UConn and Baylor in Waco, was canceled on Tuesday after Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey tested positive for COVID-19. But there are still a lot of great games this week, headlined now by a pair of ranked contests involving Texas A&M.
Let's put the Bearkats aside for the purposes of this. Between the Wildcats and the Ladyjacks, which team is better positioned to come out ahead at the end of the conference schedule?