By Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rice 87-Marshall 44 (PDF Box Score)
Rice (19-6, 9-4) pushed their record to 11-0 at home this season by making the second-most three-pointers in Conference USA history, trailing only the record of 20 made by Florida Atlantic in 2014.
The Owls' 18 made three-pointers surpassed the previous school record of 15 made three's set earlier this season on Nov. 29 at Texas A&M and are tied for the fifth-most in the NCAA this season. In total, the Owls made 18-of-31 attempts (58.1 percent) from beyond the arc and made five or more three-pointers in three of the four quarters played. Six Owls made at least one three-pointer, four of which made three or more trifectas.
"I was pleased with how we came back after the last road swing," Rice head coach Tina Langley said. "We went to work as a team and everyone took it upon themselves to be in the gym and work hard and we made a lot of improvements as individuals and as a team today. We had great ball movement and shared the basketball."
Junior Nicole Iademarco led the way offensively with an individual conference season-high 24 points (20 of which came in the opening half), making 6-of-11 three-point attempts and tying five different Owls for the second-most three-pointers made in a game in Rice history. Jenny Cafferty (2000) and Kara Liggett (2000) hold the current school record with seven made three-pointers in a single game.
Iademarco was one of five Owls with 10 or more points, including Wendy Knight (14 points), Sydne Wiggins (season-high 13 points), Lauren Grigsby (12 points) and Erica Ogwumike (11 points).
The Owls improved to 16-1 this season when they outrebound their opponents, securing 36 rebounds to just 19 for the Thundering Herd (8-19, 2-12). Rice also outscored Marshall in points off turnovers (17-3), second chance points (14-3) and bench scoring (27-12). The Rice defense limited the Herd to just 33 percent shooting from the floor and five points in the second quarter.
Rice returns to action on Sunday when they travel to San Antonio to face the UTSA Roadrunners at 2 p.m. on CUSAtv. The Owls will be trying to clinch a second straight 20-win season for the first time since the 2003-04/2004-05 seasons.