After watching two of her older sisters play in multiple Final Fours, Rice’s Erica Ogwumike is eager to begin her own NCAA Tournament experience.

Ogwumike is the Conference USA player of the year and a big reason why No. 21 Rice (28-3) carries a 21-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament. She’s the younger sister of WNBA No. 1 overall draft picks Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike.

“It’s really awesome to be in this position right now,” the Rice junior said. “Growing up, I’ve seen my sisters go through the NCAA Tournament and I kind of shockingly thought it was normal. When I became a D1 player, I didn’t realize how much work you have to put in to get there.”

Rice faces Marquette (26-7)

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