On the evening of Feb 20, 2020, I stepped onto the Rice University campus to see this game.  Everything was so calm and quite, to the point that I thought I had the wrong date for the event.  Nope, I had the right date and time alright, it was just the calm before the storm.

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The Owls started the game out strong; but, within a few minutes, things changed.  North Texas definitely took command of the game – lots of good steals, 3 point shots, and good defense.  Rice appeared to flounder under the pressure.  By halftime, the Mean Green was up 37 to 26.

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Then it came, at the start of the 3rd quarter, Rice was unleashed.  The momentum of the game shifted and the Owls were in control:  many excellent steals, stuffed shots, good defense, 3 point shots, and intense physicality .  It was not an easy situation for either team – the struggle was Herculean for both sides.

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If I could sum up the second half in a phrase, I would say, “head cracking”.  Basketball is defined as a “non contact sport” – at least, that is what I was told.  That was not true at Tudor Fieldhouse on Thursday night.  I literally saw bodies flying left and right.  There were lots of calls for charging; but, some of the collisions were just aggressive basketball.  Neither side was more physical than the other.  Both sides just wanted to win.IMG_1875.jpg

The lady Owls have a great team.  The Rice University women’s basketball team is #1 in their conference.  North Texas was 3rd from the bottom and will probably sink even lower after this loss.

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You should come out and join us next time.  Do not let the statuesque oak trees, serene lawns, and imposing academic buildings fool you on a dark and quite winter evening in Houston.  Things are popping down at Tudor Fieldhouse.

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