Owls picked to finish second in Coaches’ Poll
Harris, McDaniel and Okafor all honored
Harris, Kyle named to the C-USA All-Tournament Team
Harris, McDaniel selected to First Team
2016 (Junior): Selected to the Conference USA All-Conference Second Team...ranked 41st in the nation and led all of C-USA in blocks per set (1.28)...also ranked second in C-USA (62nd in the nation) in total blocks (136)...played in 106 sets...named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (10/17/16)...had 3.0 or more blocks in 27 matches, including a season-high 10.0 blocks in a win over North Texas (10/28/16)...10 or more kills in 10 matches, including a season-high 15 at Southern Miss (11/6/16)...second on the team in hitting percentage (.315)...third on the team in total kills (219) and total points (307.0)....named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
2015 (Sophomore): All-C-USA Second Team...played in 120 sets...led the Owls in total blocks (127) and hitting percentage (.361-fourth-best single-season in Rice history)...fifth on the team in total kills (223)...selected the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (9/28)...posted a double-double with 11 kills and a season-high 11 blocks in a win over Yale (9/5)...had 10 kills in a win over FIU (9/25)...six matches with 10 or more kills, including a season-high 13 in a win at Charlotte (10/4)...hit a season-high .818 (9-of-11) in a win over Stephen F. Austin (9/19)...posted 4 solo blocks at Baylor (9/19)...named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
2014 (Freshman): Became the seventh Owl in school history to be named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team ... earned the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (11/3) ... named the Owls' Newcomer of the Year ... played in 79 sets ... recorded a team season-high nine blocks in a win over James Madison (Sept. 13) ... had a season-high 11 kills in the C-USA Championship game vs. WKU (Nov. 23) ... second on the Owls with 89 blocks ... fifth on the team with 118 kills ... totaled 172.0 points ... ranked fourth in C-USA play in blocks per set (1.08) ... named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
High School: Part of a Lewisville team that won the LTC Tournament and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 10 years in 2013 ...A four year starter, selected two-time all-district first-team selection and finished academically in the top 10 percent of her class all three years.
Personal: Full name: Portia Chioma Okafor ... Parents: Peter and Jacinta Okafor ... Her brother, Goldstein Okafor. ran track at Texas State and her cousin, Claire Uke, is an All-American thrower at Rice ... College: Brown College ...played club ball for Texas Advantage in 2013 for the TAV 17s Black and for Instinct VBC, 2011-12.