Rice looking to remain undefeated to start season
Rice improves to 3-0 on the season.
Rice improves to 2-0 for first time since 2013-14
Opening tip scheduled for 2 p.m. (CT)
Rice erases 15-point halftime deficit to win, 69-59
Pepperdine (2015-16; Sophomore): Appeared in 16 games and made 12 starts as a sophomore for the Waves…Was second on the team averaging 9.3 points per game…Pulled down 4.3 rebounds in 23.4 minutes per contest…Also had 15 steals, 10 assists and six blocks…Shot 38.5% from the field and 77.1% from the free throw line…Hit two of the three 3-pointers she took on the year…Scored a career-high 22 points at Saint Mary’s (1/9/16)…Had six double-digit scoring games…Also posted 21 points against San Francisco (1/16/16)…Other season highs include seven rebounds (twice), three steals (twice) and three steals (at Albany, 11/15/15)…Earned WCC All-Academic recognition and was named to the WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll silver list…Named a Pepperdine Scholar Athlete.
Pepperdine (2014-15; Freshman): Appeared in 26 games and made 20 starts as a freshman for the Waves…Named to the WCC All-Freshman team…Averaged 5.0 points and grabbed 3.2 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game…Was fifth on the team with 21 steals…Also had nine blocks and 10 assists…Shot 47.8 percent from the field…Was third on the team with 27 offensive rebounds…Scored a season-high 16 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds against Pacific (1/29), going 8-of-14 from the floor…Also had 10 point games against Saint Mary’s (1/31) and Portland (2/12).
High School: Played four varsity seasons at Cypress Woods High School under head coach Virginia Flores...Helped lead Cypress Woods to a 5-A Region III final as a senior last year...Averaged 15 points per game as a senior and over 10 ppg each prep year...Cypress Woods had two 30-win seasons during her tenure and compiled a total of 117 wins in her four years...Team was ranked third in the state both her junior and senior years...Named All-District first team each of her four years...Was an All-State honoree and team captain as a senior...Also a prep volleyball standout, posting 277 kills and 115 total blocks in three years.
Personal: Born in Cypress Texas to Ify and Peter Ogwumike....Has three sisters, Nneka, Chiney and Erica...Erica also plays for the Owls and attends Rice University...Sisters Nneka and Chiney both played collegiately at Stanford, Nneka was drafted number one by the LA Sparks in 2012 and Chiney was drafted number one in 2014 by the Connecticut Sun...Played for the Cyfair Shock Nike Elite team, whose team won the 2013 Nike National Championship...Rice College: Duncan College.