Swayze to join 2018-19 class
Rice to travel to New Mexico on Tuesday, Mar. 20
Postseason aspirations to be learned on Monday
Rice to face top-seeded UAB on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Iademarco scores 23 points in 70-48 win over ODU
Owls fall to Middle Tennessee in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Championships.
The Rice Owls advanced to the C-USA quarterfinals with a 72-67 overtime win over Louisiana Tech.
Shani Rainey and Maya Hawkins combined for 51 points in the Owls' 84-77 win over the Lady Techsters.
Entering her fourth season at the helm of the Owls, head coach Tina Langley has helped put Rice basketball back on the map in a major way.
Over the last two seasons, the Owls have gone a combined 45-23 (.661) while winning the WBI Championship in 2017 and the school's first trip back to the WNIT since 2012 this past year. It was the first time since 2010-11 that the Owls played in the postseason in consecutive years.
In 2017-18, the Owls reeled off 23 wins, the second-most in school history and advanced to the second round of the WNIT for the first time since 2006. In addition, for the first time in 11 years the Owls reached the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament. In the process, Rice matched the 2016-17 team with 13 home victories, the most in school history. The Owls finished with the highest home winning percentage (.929) in all of C-USA and were top-20 nationally.
The team's 17-3 start to the season was the program's best 20-game start in school history.
In 20 years on the sidelines, Langley has coached 37 All-Conference players, led her teams to 13 postseason appearances (11 conference championships in Big Ten, ACC and MAC), and has developed 20-plus professional players, including 11 WNBA draft picks. She's helped to bring in nine ranked recruiting classes among her stops and three have been ranked as top-10 classes.
In only her second season (2016-17) at Rice, Langley guided the Owls to a WBI Championship (the school's first postseason title) and 22 victories. The Owls improved by 13 wins from her first to second season, one of the top increments in the nation.
Rice led all of Conference USA in total assists (558) and total rebounds (1,308) while setting a Rice single-season record in made three-pointers (242). In addition the Owls ranked second in C-USA in assists per game (15.9), field goal percentage (.444), made three-pointers (242) and free throw attempts (626).
Langley, who helped develop Maryland into a Final Four program, was named the fifth head coach in Rice University women's basketball history on April 15, 2015. In her first season at Rice (2015-16) the Alabama native guided the Owls to the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament for the first time since 2012.
Langley spent seven seasons serving as Maryland's associate head coach, compiling a 195-49 record during that time. The Terrapins were coming off a 2014-15 campaign in which Langley helped guide the team to their second consecutive Final Four appearance and a 34-3 record, climbing as high No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Maryland went 18-0 in league play in their first year in the Big Ten to win the regular season title and followed with a conference tournament title. The Terrapins set a school record by winning 28-straight games and the 34 overall victories tied for the most in school history.
As head coach Brenda Frese's top assistant, Langley's responsibilities included coordinating the Terps' recruiting efforts, assisting in player development, scouting, and on-court coaching.
Prior to arriving in College Park in 2008, Langley served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at both Georgia (2005) and Clemson (2003-05). While at Clemson, Langley worked under legendary head coach Jim Davis. In her two years with the Tigers, the team advanced to the 2004 Women's Basketball Invitational (WNIT) while also orchestrating a Clemson-record six-signee class, which was ranked in the top 30 nationally in her first season.
Langley spent five seasons at the University of Toledo (1998-03). She began her coaching career with the Rockets as a graduate assistant coach in 1998-99, before moving up to recruiting coordinator and then associate head coach during the 2002-03 campaign. She helped the Rockets reach the postseason three times, including two NCAA Tournament appearances. During her tenure, Toledo also won three Mid-American Conference regular season titles (1999, 2001 and 2003) and two conference tournament crowns (1999 and 2001).
Langley played basketball and volleyball collegiately for two seasons at Belvill State Junior College before transferring to the University of West Alabama, where she lettered twice in basketball. She graduated from UWA with a degree in special education in 1996, and earned her first master's degree in Recreation and Leisure with an emphasis in recreation administration from the University of Toledo. Langley would later earn a master of arts in community counseling at the University of Alabama in 2008.