Baseball, Men's Tennis and Women's Basketball earn postseason berths. Baseball extends its streak to 17 consecutive NCAA berths, one of only four teams to have active streaks of this length. Wayne Graham surpasses 900 wins in his 20 seasons at Rice. Baseball averages a record 3,535 fans per game. Football captures the Bayou Bucket by defeating Houston for the second time in the last three years. Owls post a combined 9-0 record vs. Houston in Football, Men's Basketball and Baseball. Men's Tennis extends is streak to nine consecutive NCAA tournaments. Anthony Rendon becomes the sixth player taken in the 2011 Major League Draft by the Washington Nationals. Kyle Martens earns All America honors from the American Football Coaches Association. Arsalan Kazemi earns the United States Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award. Nicole Mericle won the NCAA South Central Region cross country individual title. Baseball and Swimming win C-USA team championships. Seth Huston wins his second-consecutive C-USA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year honors. Golfer Michael Whitehead is named C-USA Golfer of the Year, and also earns a berth in the U.S Open. Travis Bradshaw named second team Academic All-America. Rice shares the American Football Coaches Academic Achievement Award. Rice places 220 student-athletes on the 2010-11 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Philip Adam awarded the NCAA Top 88 Award for Track & Field by possessing the top GPA of all competitors in the 2011 NCAA Championship. Philip Adam becomes Rice's second, three-time, first-team Academic All American, when he is named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
2Baseball and Swimming win C-USA team championships
3 Number of C-USA Outdoor decathlons won by Philip Adam and the number of CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team awards earned by Adam.
4:16.13Freshman Quincy Christian's time in the 400-individual medley to win the C-USA individual conference championship and finally break the oldest record in the Rice swimming record book (16 years).
6Anthony Rendon becomes the sixth player taken in the 2011 Major League Draft by the Washington Nationals
9Rice Men's Tennis earns 9th straight NCAA Bid
9Owls post a combined 9-0 record vs. Houston in Football, Men's Basketball and Baseball
10Rice Women's Basketball made the WNIT - 10th postseason appearance all time
11 Number of C-USA Player of the Week Awards out of 17 weeks won by women's basketball player Jessica Kuster.
13 Number of double-doubles recorded by Jessica Kuster in her freshman season
17Baseball extends its streak to 17 consecutive NCAA berths, one of only four teams to have active streaks of this length
18 Number of double-doubles recorded by Arsalan Kazemi
20:16.3 Nicole Mericle's winning time in capturing the 2010 NCAA South Central Region cross country championship, her second such title.
62Michael Whitehead's round at the Border Olympics
102Number of strikeouts by C-USA Freshman of the Year Austin Kubitza, the first Owl pitcher (and also Owl freshman pitcher) to record 100 Ks in a single season in four years.
189 Rice women's basketball season assists record set by D'Frantz Smart in 2011.
220Rice Athletics Leads C-USA With 220 Honor Roll Selections
254The number on the jersey presented to Cheta Ozougwu as Mr. Irrelevant, signifying his place as the final draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
689 Rice volleyball season digs record set by Tracey Lam in 2010.
900Wayne Graham surpasses 900 wins in his 20 seasons at Rice
1,881The number of minutes played last year by the soccer team's sophomore defender Amy Beger on her way to earning first team all-conference and all-region honors.
3,535Baseball averages a record 3,535 fans per game.
Sport Record C-USA Record C-USA Place
Baseball 42-21 16-8 1st
Men's Basketball 14-18 5-11 10th
Women's Basketball 18-14 10-6 3rd
Men's Cross Country -- -- 3rd
Women's Cross Country -- -- 2nd
Football 4-8 3-5 --
Men's Golf -- -- 10th
Women's Soccer 8-8-4 5-3-3 5th
Women's Swimming -- -- 1st
Men's Tennis 17-10 6-2 2nd
Women's Tennis 14-10 4-3 4th
Men's Track -- -- 4th
Women's Track -- -- 7th
Women's Volleyball 16-16 11-9 5th


What was your favorite highlight from Rice athletics in the 2010-11 season?
 
 
Football captures the Bayou Bucket by defeating Houston for the second time in the last three years
 
Wayne Graham surpasses 900 wins in his 20 seasons at Rice
 
Golfer Michael Whitehead is named C-USA Golfer of the Year, and also earns a berth in the U.S Open
 
Anthony Rendon becomes the sixth player taken in the 2011 Major League Draft by the Washington Nationals
 
C-USA team championships from Baseball and Swimming
 
 
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Baseball
  • Reached an NCAA Regional for a 17th-straight year.
  • The Owls won the league championship for a 16th-straight year, claiming both the 2011 Conference USA Tournament title and C-USA regular season co-championship.
  • Posted its 17th-straight season of 40 or more wins.
  • Head Coach Wayne Graham registered his 900th career coaching victory in his 20th year at the helm of the program.
  • Individual accolades included All-America honors for Anthony Rendon and Tony Cingrani, as well as pitcher Austin Kubitza being named the C-USA Freshman of the Year.

Men's Basketball

  • Rice posted a 14-18 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Championship for the second time in three years.
  • For just the second time in the history of the rivalry, Rice swept two games from Houston. (79-71 in overtime at Tudor Fieldhouse and 72-57 at Hofheinz Pavilion). It was the first Owl sweep of the series since 1993.
  • Sophomores Tamir Jackson (14.3 points per game) and Arsalan Kazemi (12.9 points, 11.0 rebounds per game) shared team MVP honors.
  • Kazemi was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team. He was the only player in the league to average a double-double and ranked 11th in the country with 18 double-double performances His 11.0 rebounding average ranked seventh in NCAA Division I., Kazemi received the United States Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award.
  • Connor Frizzelle set a single-season school record with a 90.1 percent free throw shooting mark.
  • Frizzelle was named a Capital One Academic All-District VI selection as selected by the membership of the College Sports Information Directors of America.Frizzelle and Lucas Kuipers were honored as selections to the 2011 Conference USA Men's Basketball All-Academic Team. Rice is the only Conference USA school to have at least one player named to the league's all-academic team each of the past five seasons.

Women's Basketball

  • 18-14 overall, WNIT qualifier.
  • 10-6, third place, Conference USA.
  • Jessica Kuster - All-Conference USA First Team , Conference USA Freshman of the Year and Conference USA All-Defensive Team on her way to earn the Gene Hackerman Award as team MVP.
  • Morgan Mayse - All-Conference USA Third Team.
  • D'Frantz Smart - Rice season record 189 assists.

Men's Cross Country

  • 10th at NCAA South Central Regional.
  • Third at Conference USA Championship.
  • Michael Trejo, All-Conference USA Second Team, Gabe Cuadra, John Cavallo and Matt Carey, All-Conference Third Team.
  • Carey and Cuadra, Conference USA All-Academic.

Women's Cross Country

  • 31st at the NCAA Championship.
  • Second at NCAA South Central Regional and at the Conference USA Championship.
  • Nicole Mericle - NCAA South Central champion and South Central Athlete of the Year.
  • Halsey Fowler, All-Conference USA First Team.
  • Mericle, Allison Pye and Britany Williams, All-Conference USA Second Team; Meredith Gamble, All-Conference Third Team.

Football

  • Rice and Texas open the season at Reliant Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of 70,445, the largest crowd to watch a Rice opener in Houston since 1961.
  • Owls capture the Bayou Bucket for the second time in the last three years, defeating Houston 34-31 at Rice Stadium. The win came on Homecoming, giving the Owls six consecutive Homecoming victories.
  • Kyle Martens sets season and career marks for punting average and is named to the American Football Coaches Association All America team. He is named to the Walter Camp All American second-team and participates in the Foundation's All America Weekend in January.
  • Sam McGuffie becomes the first Owl since 1987 to lead the team in rushing and receiving.
  • Travis Bradshaw becomes Rice's second Academic All American in football in the last three years and joins Cheta Ozougwu in sharing team MVP honors.
  • Ozougwu is taken with the final pick in the NFL Draft by the Houston Texans and Scott Mitchell is taken with the second overall pick in the CFL Draft by the Edmonton Eskimos.

Men's Golf

  • Michael Whitehead was selected the 2011 Conference USA Golfer of the Year by the league's coaches. He was also named to the All-Conference USA First Team.
  • Whitehead sets a Rice record for a round and also established a new Laredo Country Club course record, firing a final-round 62 to win at the 60th Border Olympics played in Laredo.
  • Whitehead makes his professional debut five weeks after his graduation, when he replaces Tiger Woods in the field of the U.S. Open.
  • Whitehead was also honored for his achievements both in the classroom and on the golf course when he was selected to the Conference USA All-Academic Team.
  • In Rice University coach Drew Scott's sixth and final season, the Owls posted five finishes inside the Top 10 during the season.
  • Jeff Wibawa was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.

Women's Soccer

  • Promoted Nicky Adams to become only the second head coach in the history of the program.
  • Qualified for the C-USA Tournament for the first time since 2008 with its highest seed since 2007.
  • Four Owls earned All-Conference USA honors.
  • Team posted the second-highest Team G.P.A. in the nation.
  • Signed two prep players in the spring who competed for their country's junior national team.

Women's Swimming

  • Won the 2011 Conference USA Championship, the swim program's first team title.
  • Seth Huston was named the C-USA Head Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
  • Quincy Christian set a new school record to win the C-USA individual championship in the 400-yard IM.
  • The duo of Shelby Bottoms and Chelsea Fong shared the program's Swimmer of the Year Award.
  • Senior Karen Gerken was named the recipient of the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award as the Rice Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

Men's Tennis

  • Rice overcomes a series of injuries to earn its ninth consecutive berth in the NCAA championships and reached the final of its conference tournament for the ninth consecutive year as well.
  • Oscar Podlewski leads the Owls with a 16-6 record in singles in his final season.
  • Four Owls Michael Nuesslein , Philipp Seifert , Isamu Tachibana and Andy Wang earn C-USA Commissioner's Medals.

Women's Tennis

  • Owls finish the year 14-10 and reached the conference semifinals for the ninth consecutive year.
  • Freshmen Kim Anicete (16-5) and Dominique Harmath (15-8) lead the team in wins.
  • Rebekka Hänle, earns first-team All C-USA honors, while Harmath is named to the second team.

Men's Indoor Track

  • Sixth at Conference USA Indoor Championship.

Men's Outdoor Track

  • Fourth at Conference USA Outdoor Championship.
  • Alex Zinchenko - shot put champion.
  • Philip Adam wins his third consecutive decathlon title.
  • Adam becomes Rice's second, three-time, first-team, Capital One Academic All-American and is presented the NCAA Elite 88 Award at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
  • Matt Carey - Capital One Academic All-America Second Team.
  • Dan Sloat - Capital One Academic All-America Third Team.

Women's Indoor Track

  • Ariana Ince captured her third consecutive C-USA Indoor pole vault title.

Women's Outdoor Track

  • Ariana Ince captured her third consecutive C-USA outoor pole vault champion.
  • Tina Robinson sets a Rice hammer throw record, 53.00m/173-11.
  • Allison Pye, Conference USA All-Academic.
  • Tiffany Gill, Conference USA All-Academic.

Women's Volleyball

  • Tracey Lam and Nancy Cole earn AVCA All-America Honorable Mention.
  • Lam earns her third consecutive Conference USA Libéro of the Year award while setting Rice career (2,399) and season (698) records for digs.
  • Lam earns first team All C-USA honors, while Cole and Ashleigh McCord are named to the second team.
  • Meredith Schamun sets a Rice career record with 5,190 assists.