By Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
Complete All-Conference Honors
IRVING, Texas – Erica Ogwumike and Nicole Iademarco have been named to the Conference USA First and Second Teams respectively, while Ogwumike was also selected to the All-Defensive Team, the league office announced on Monday.
It marks the first time the Owls have had multiple players earn C-USA All-Conference honors since 2011, when Jessica Kuster (first team) and Morgan Mayse (third team) were selected.
Ogwumike, a transfer from Pepperdine out of Cypress, Texas, was one of only two players in C-USA to rank in the top-10 in scoring (5th-17.2 ppg), rebounding (2nd-9.4 rpg), and steals (8th-1.9 spg). In addition, Ogwumike is fifth in the league in field goal percentage (46.9), total points (464) and free throws made (104). The 5’9” redshirt sophomore guard is 23rd in the nation, first in C-USA, in defensive rebounds (7.0 per game) and leads the Owls with 11 double-doubles.
Twice Ogwumike was named the C-USA Player of the Week and was also selected the C-USA All-Academic Team and the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Ogwumike becomes the third Owl in school history to be named to both the C-USA First Team and All-Defensive Team, joining Lauren Neaves and Kuster.
Iademarco, from The Woodlands, Texas, is the Owls second-leading scorer (13.5 ppg) and ranks fifth in C-USA in three-pointers made (66) and three-point field goal percentage (35.1). Iademarco has scored in double-figures in 22-of-28 games started and has made at least one three-pointer in 26-of-28 games. She made a career-high six three-pointers in the Owls win over Marshall on Feb. 22 and was named the College Sports Madness National High-Major Player of the Week on Dec. 26.
Ogwumike, Iademarco and the rest of the Owls will be looking to make a deep run at the C-USA Tournament this week in Frisco, Texas. Rice faces Old Dominion in the first round on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Dallas Cowboys practice facility (The Star).