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The Battalion Sports
February 12, 1982 Page 13
ard-Iuck Owls 4-7 in SWC
A&M faces Rice Saturday
by Frank L. Christlieb
Sports Editor
he Rice Owls, at one point in
season the Southwest Con-
see surprise, have endured
unpredictable season,
liter easily defeating two na-
ally ranked teams to win
rail’s Rainbow Classic Dec.
Hugh Dec. 30, the Owls’
ence has dwindled to
ir-extinction. T» irnament
cries over Hawaii, San Fran-
oand North Carolina State
ughtthe Owls and the SWC
the national spotlight. As a
ult of Rice’s rise to fame, the
C gained recognition as one
the nation’s most balanced
S ues.
lowever, the Owls’ luck has
teen constant during con-
:nce play. Although forward
ky Pierce, averaging 27.4
nts a game, has led Rice to
two victories over Texas Tech
and one over the University of
Texas, consistency has been
lacking in the Owls’ play.
But Monday night, the Owls
played one of their best games of
the conference season in defeat
ing Texas Tech 76-56. The vic
tory gives Rice a 4-7 conference
record and a 13-11 season re
Texas A&M faces the Owls
Saturday night at 7:30 in G. Rol-
lie White Coliseum, with the
Aggies coming off Wednesday
night’s 67-58 victory over the
SMU Mustangs. The Aggies, 7-4
in the conference and 14-7 for
the season, are one game out of
First place behind the Arkansas
Arkansas lost 56-55 Thursday
night to the Baylor Bears, drop
ping its conference record to 8-
Texas A&M coach Shelby
Metcalf praised his team on its
victory over SMU.
“I was real proud of our disci
pline, patience and shot selec
tion,” Metcalf said. “SMU forced
us to play a controlled game and
we did very well.”
Led by Milton Woodley’s
career-high 15 points, the
Aggies shot 54 percent from the
field. Metcalf also said that re
serve forward Mike Thomas,
who had eight points in the
second half, has progressed dur
ing the last few games.
“I was really pleased with
Mike Thomas,” Metcalf said.
“He played well in the Texas
Tech game too. He played well
on both ends of the floor against
SMU ... it was very fortunate we
had him.
“We already had three guards
on the floor at the end. I guess
we would have gone with four
guards and Claude (Riley) if we
wouldn’t have had him.”
Thomas entered the game
when center Rudy Woods
fouled out with 14:24 remain
ing. Since backup center Lon-
niel Bluntson had sprained his
right ankle in the first half, Met
calf inserted Thomas.
“Rudy was starting to play in
the second half,” Metcalf said.
“He was getting cranked up and
playing pretty good. I didn’t
take him out when he had four
fouls because he was picking it
Riley leads the Aggies in scor
ing and rebounding, averaging
15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds a
The Aggies play Arkansas
Monday in Fayetteville before
returning home to face the
Texas Longhorns Feb. 20.
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Iggie tennis teams face SFA,
[WT during weekend matches
by Denise S. Sechelski
Battalion Staff
The Texas A&M men’s and
men’s tennis teams play a full
:ekend of tennis by hosting
ephen F. Austin State Univer-
y on Friday and Southwest
Stas State University on
matches begin at 1:30 at
eOmar Smith Tennis Center.
The men’s team is undefeated
lis season, but will be facing its
ughest competition of the
ar, tennis coach David Kent
'Well be challenged more
an we ever have been so far,”
Kent said.
In Friday’s meet against SFA,
junior Brian Joelson will play
the number one singles match.
Joelson has won two matches
and lost only one this spring.
Mike Pazourek will be the top
ranked singles player against the
Division II champion SWT.
The women’s team also plays
Stephen F. Austin on Friday in
its opening match of the spring.
“It should be a good match
because they’ve recruited some
good junior college players,”
women’s tennis coach Jan Can
non said.
Amy Gloss, a sophomore, will
play in the number one singles
match against SFA and Teresa
Landry will play in the number
one singles match against South
west Texas.
The match against Southwest
Texas should be easier for the
Aggies than the one against
Stephen F. Austin, Cannon said.
“Two of the best players (at
Southwest Texas) went home to
Australia at mid-term, so they’re
weaker than they were at the be
ginning of the year,” she said.
Liliana Fernandez, the
Aggie’s leading singles player,
will skip both meets here to play
in the Avon Championships in
Fernandez, a junior* was re
cruited from Colombia where
she was the Colombian National
Singles Champion and the
South American National Sing
les Champion.
The Aggies have unbelievable
depth in doubles play, Cannon
Pam Hill and team captain
Maylyn Hooten will play in the
top match against SFA. Cheryl
Stanford will team with Gloss in
the number one match against
Southwest Texas.
staff photo by Peter Rocha
Having a player-to-coach talk
Aggie Ladies’ coach Cherri Rapp talks to
guard Sheryl Clark during the team’s 55-53
victory over the SMU Mustangs Wednesday
night. The Ladies, now 8-17 for the season,
play Arkansas tonight at 7 in G. Rollie
White Coliseum.
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