The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 12, 1982, Image 13

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Saha t want ercises 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 cord. 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 Razorbacks. Arkansas lost 56-55 Thursday night to the Baylor Bears, drop ping its conference record to 8- 3. 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 up.” Riley leads the Aggies in scor ing and rebounding, averaging 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds a game. The Aggies play Arkansas Monday in Fayetteville before returning home to face the Texas Longhorns Feb. 20. 30. The to take eek pay Depart- te FAA, dgetfor h of the ; fur- ncy that irtnight Bureau, Depart- ilkinsot 30 em- b. 3 that starting ndatory :>ne day: :ouldbe one day on said.! lowing, m to be 1 trofthe it does i of the i ot been • as been j of era- every- vas not! Helms,: his de- : ould be ey are.; :s. ries j minis- j :or the lirector deputy ie fur-. )0 era- eagen- t funds trees. 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 turday. 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 id. '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 Houston. 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 said. 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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