By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON – Rice women’s basketball head coach Tina Langley announced on Wednesday the signing of University of Oklahoma transfer Nancy Mulkey (Cypress, Texas), who will redshirt the 2017-18 campaign.
“We are thrilled to welcome Nancy Mulkey and her family to the Rice community,” said Langley. “Nancy is a player and person that we believe will positively impact our program and university. She comes from a wonderful family that has instilled a love of the game and passion for excellence.”
“Nancy has had the opportunity to play for several elite programs and tremendous coaches throughout her career,” Langley said. “She is a very skilled player who has the ability to make a major impact on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. We are excited to see all that Nancy will accomplish, both on and off the court.”
As a freshman at Oklahoma, Mulkey played in all 33 games, making 18 starts, and averaged 3.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. She recorded the third-most blocks (62) by an OU freshman and tied for the seventh-most blocked shots in a single-season by a Sooner. Mulkey also led all Big 12 freshmen and ranked fifth in the Big 12 in blocks per game, while finishing with the second-most blocks by a freshman in Division I.
Mulkey was considered one of the best centers in the nation coming out of Cypress Woods HS and rated the No. 4 post and No. 19 overall by ESPN HoopGurlz. Mulkey was rated the No. 1 center and No. 11 overall recruit by All-Star Girls Report (ASGR). She was named a preseason All-American by USA Today prior to her senior season, finishing with averages of 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game as a senior and earned an invitation to the McDonald’s All-American game. Mulkey also competed in the Jordan Brands Classic.
Mulkey averaged 10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game as a junior to earn all-state honors, leading Cypress Woods to its first state championship in program history. Mulkey, who was high school and AAU teammates with current Owls Erica and Olivia Ogwumike, won an AAU national championship for CyFair Elite her sophomore year in 2013.
In addition to her high school and AAU success, Mulkey also won two gold medals with USA Basketball, helping Team USA to first-place finishes at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships and the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships.