IRVING, Texas – For a fifth time this season Rice sophomore Madison McDaniel was named the Conference USA Setter of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon.
McDaniel becomes the first player in C-USA to win five Setter of the Week honors in a single season since Rice’s own Megan Murphy accomplished the feat in 2012. Only Tulsa’s Jordan Clampitt (6-2010) and Tulsa’s Julia Silva (6-2006) have more C-USA Setter of the Week awards in a single-season.
McDaniel helped guide the Owls to a pair of wins last week, including an upset of No. 22 WKU by orchestrating the offense to near perfection this past week. In eight total sets McDaniel averaged 13.62 assists per set and 3.38 digs per set and the Owls as a team averaged 16.75 kills per frame.
The Woodlands, Texas native collected two more double-doubles and now has a team-leading 15 for the season. McDaniel began the weekend with a 39-assist/15-dig performance in a 3-0 win over Southern Miss. She followed that up with a career performance vs. the Lady Toppers, compiling 70 assists and 12 digs to help lead the Owls to an upset of WKU. The 70 assists were the most in a single-match in C-USA this season.
McDaniel also became just the fourth Owl to record 70 or more assists in a single match in school history and was the highest single-match performance by an Owl since 1998.
The player of the week award for McDaniel was the Owls' C-USA leading 11th honor this season.
The Owls will look for their third consecutive victory this Wednesday when they travel to San Antonio to face the Roadrunners at 6 p.m.