March 3, 2012
Houston - The Rice Owls women's basketball team is seeded fifth for next week's Conference USA Championship, held in Memphis, Tenn., and will face 12-seed Houston in the first round.
The Owls and the Cougars play on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on the University of Memphis campus.
The four-day, 11-game championship runs Wednesday through Saturday, March 7-10. First round and quarterfinals will be played at Elma Roane Fieldhouse (capacity 2,565). Semifinals and the title game will be held downtown at the FedEx Forum.
Rice swept the season series between the intra-city rivals. The Owls have won three of their last four, including a 52-48 victory over UTEP in El Paso to end the Miners 15-game winning streak on Feb. 26. The Cougars (3-25, 2-14) find themselves on the opposite end of the bracket as UH held the No. 1 slot a year ago. The winner advances to face No. 4 seed UAB (18-10, 9-7). Defense has been the hallmark all year for the Blazers, which allows just 48.8 points per game to rank third nationally.
The semifinals and finals of the women's tournament will be played at the FedEx Forum, which is hosting the entire men's basketball tournament. Wednesday and Thursday's games are scheduled to tip at 11 a.m. CT and will air on the C-USA Digital Network, while Friday's semifinals have a 10 a.m. start time. The championship game is slated for 7 p.m. CT. CBS College Sports will televise the final three games.
Fans can purchase tickets by calling 901-678-2331 or logging onto www.gotigers.com.
2012 C-USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
FIRST ROUNDS - Wednesday, March 7
Game 1: (11) East Carolina vs. (6) Tulsa, 11 a.m., C-USA Digital Network
Game 2: (10) SMU vs. (7) Marshall, 1:30 p.m., C-USA Digital Network
Game 3: (9) Southern Miss vs. (8) UCF, 5 p.m., C-USA Digital Network
Game 4: (12) Houston vs. (5) Rice, 7:30 p.m., C-USA Digital Network
QUARTERFINALS - Thursday, March 8
Game 5: (3) Tulane vs. winner of Game 1, 11 a.m., C-USA Digital Network
Game 6: (2) Memphis vs. winner of Game 2, 1:30 p.m., C-USA Digital Network
Game 7: (1) UTEP vs. winner of Game 3, 5 p.m., C-USA Digital Network
Game 8: (4) UAB vs. winner of Game 4, 7:30 p.m., C-USA Digital Network
SEMIFINALS - Friday, March 9
Game 9: Winner between game 5 & 6, 10 a.m., CBS Sports Network
Game 10: Winner between game 7 & 8, 12:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, March 10
Game 11: Winner between game 9 & 10, 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network
All Times Central