Natisha Hiedeman scored 13 points, Allazia Blockton had 12 and five-seed Marquette overcame a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to get a 58-54 win over No. 12 Rice in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
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Nancy Mulkey scored 24 points and No. 24 Rice rallied in the second half to defeat Middle Tennessee 69-54 in the Conference USA championship game on Saturday for the Owls' third NCAA Tournament berth and school-record 21st straight win.
Eight teams clinched their spot in the bracket Saturday, including Towson and Bethune-Cookman, which both advanced to their first NCAA tournament.
Erica Ogwumike scored 19 of her 22 points in the second half as No. 24 Rice rallied to its 20th straight win Friday night, a 64-57 win over fourth-seeded Western Kentucky in the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament.
Nancy Mulkey scored 20 points, Erica Ogwumike added 15 points and 10 rebounds and No. 24 Rice pulled away from ninth-seeded North Texas for its 19th straight victory on Thursday, 61-43 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.
Erica Ogwumike and Nancy Mulkey had 18 points each and No. 24 Rice beat UTSA 72-46 to complete an undefeated Conference USA season on Thursday night.
Erica Ogwumike scored 18 points with 14 rebounds, five assists and two steals and No. 24 Rice used a 21-0 run in the first half to roll past Louisiana Tech 78-42 on Saturday to extend its school-record winning streak to 17 games.
Nancy Mulkey scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half and No. 25 Rice celebrated its first-ever Top 25 ranking by rallying for a 59-47 win over North Texas on Saturday, clinching the Conference USA title and its 16th-straight win.
Summit League rivals South Dakota and South Dakota State are Nos. 1 and 2. Rice, Gonzaga and Florida Gulf Coast round out the top five.
South Dakota, Gonzaga and South Dakota State remain 1-2-3 in espnW's mid-major rankings. Rice made the biggest jump, moving up six spots to No. 4.
There's a new No. 1 as Florida Gulf Coast replaces Green Bay atop Graham Hays' biweekly mid-major poll. Mercer and Central Michigan break into the top 10.
Rice women's basketball coach Greg Williams has retired.
Rick Greenspan says he is resigning as Rice University's athletic director after three years in the position.