By Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
IRVING, Texas – Rice redshirt sophomore guard Erica Ogwumike added to her postseason awards collection on Tuesday, as she was announced as Conference USA’s Newcomer of the Year.
Ogwumike becomes the first Owl in program history to be named a league Newcomer of the Year.
The 5-foot-9 Cypress, Texas native, who earned first-team all-conference honors on Monday, helped Rice secure the No. 5 seed at this week’s C-USA Championship tournament with a 20-8 overall record and 10-6 in C-USA play this season.
A transfer from Pepperdine, Ogwumike 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.
No. 5 seed Rice will open play at the C-USA Tournament on Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 11:30 a.m. against 12th-seeded Old Dominion.