The No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies and the Rice Owls meet in Houston for the first time since 2010. The Aggies and the Owls played regularly as members in the Southwest Conference from 1983 to 1996, until the conference was dissolved.
The Owls are clearly undermatched against the Aggies, but they bring talent that should make for an interesting game. Erica Ogwumike, the 2018-19 Conference USA Player of the Year and little sister to WNBA stars Nneka and Chiney, scored 17 points in the Owls’ 55-43 loss. Nancy Mulkey, the 6-foot-9 junior, recorded a triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and a school-record 11 blocks. Although the Aggies should dominate the game, look for these two to keep the Owls in it for as long as they can.
Last time out, the Aggies took down Duke in an easy 79-58 home win. Chennedy Carter scored 25 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Center Ciera Johnson, coming off a career-high 24 points in the season opener against Little Rock, recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Aggies (47 boards) were plus-21 in rebounding over the Blue Devils (26 boards). Rebounding could be a factor in the matchup today.
The Aggies beat the Owls last year 65-54, with Carter scoring 22 points. The Aggies have won six straight in the rivalry and another victory would tie the longest win streak by either team since the Aggies won seven straight from 1992-95.
Rice Owls (2-1) vs. No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies (2-0)
When: Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Tudor Fieldhouse, Houston, TX
How to watch: ESPN+