Game 15 Notes (at UAB)
Rice Owls (9-5, 0-3) at UAB Blazers (7-6, 0-2)
Game 15 • Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Birmingham, AL • Bartow Arena
Video Stream: CUSAtv ($)
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Series Record: UAB leads, 7-5
News & Notes
Owls Continue Road Swing Saturday at UAB
Rice will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid on Saturday when they travel to Birmingham, AL to face a Blazers squad also in search of their first C-USA victory. Rice is in the midst of playing five out of seven games on the road, including three straight. The Owls are 4-3 on the road this season while UAB is 4-4 at Bartow Arena. The Blazers lead the all-time series over the Owls, 7-5, including a 64-55 victory against Rice last season.
Last Time Out
Rice senior point guard Maya Hawkins scored a season-high 17 points but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders from defeating the Owls in a 71-61 loss Thursday evening at the Murphy Center. The Owls dropped their third straight game to begin Conference USA action despite outshooting last year’s defending C-USA champion Blue Raiders 50 percent-41 percent. Middle Tennessee managed to outscore the Owls in both points off turnovers (21-9) and second chance points (23-6).
Goodwine Approaching 1,000 Points
Senior forward Jasmine Goodwine enters play Saturday with 998 career points, just two points away from becoming the 16th player in Rice history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. The Killeen, Texas native is averaging 10.4 points per game this season and has scored in double-figures in nine of 14 games.
UAB Scouting Report
The Blazers will be playing their fifth game of a five-game homestand after suffering consecutive losses to Middle Tennessee and North Texas. UAB is led in scoring by Deanna Kuzmanic (10.7 ppg) and Rachael Childress (10.3 ppg). The Blazers lead all C-USA teams in three-point field goal percentage (.383)with Kuzmanic (.483) leading the way. Childress ranks second in C-USA in made three-pointers (32). Keonna Farmer ranks in the top 10 in the league in both rebounding (7.4 rpg) and blocks (0.9).
Sharing The Rock
Rice ranks first in Conference USA in assists per game (16.0) and total assists (224). Senior point guard Maya Hawkins is the league leader in both assists per game (5.3) and total assists (74). The Mansfield, Texas native is also second in C-USA in assist turnover ratio (2.1). Hawkins has dished out 5 or more assists in nine games this season.
Hawkins Making Her Mark
With her three, three-point makes at Middle Tennessee senior guard Maya Hawkins tied former Owl Jenny Cafferty (1997-00) for fifth all-time in career three-point makes (123).
Doing It With Defense
The Owls have allowed 70 points in a game this season just once (at Middle Tennessee) and rank as the top scoring defense in C-USA (55.8 ppg). Rice’s 36.1 opponents field-goal percentage ranks second in C-USA, as does their 27.1 opponents three-point field goal percentage.
Rice concludes their three-game road trip next Saturday when they travel to North Texas to face the Mean Green. Last season the Owls won two epic contests vs. their in-state counterpart, defeating North Texas in triple overtime at home and winning in double OT over the Mean Green in Denton.