Owls Look to Continue Winning Ways On Florida Swing

Jan. 9, 2018

Rice Owls (12-2, 2-0 C-USA) at Florida Atlantic Owls (8-5, 2-0 C-USA)

Game 15 • Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Boca Raton, Florida • FAU Arena
Video Stream:  CUSAtv
Live Stats:  GameTracker
Twitter Updates:  @RiceWBasketball
Series Record: Tied, 2-2

Owls Begin Three-Game Road Stretch at FAU
The Rice Owls will carry a season-best seven game winning streak into Thursday when they travel to Boca Raton to face the Florida Atlantic Owls on CUSAtv. Rice is coming off a 83-52 thumping of the UTSA Roadrunners last Sunday, the Owls biggest margin of victory this season. FAU has won four straight contests entering Thursday, including a pair of C-USA victories last weekend. The all-time series between Rice and FAU is tied, 2-2.

Last Time Out
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team placed five players in double-figure scoring, including a game-high 21 points from Nicole Iademarco, in an 83-52 rout of the UTSA Roadrunners. Rice shot lights out from three-point territory, converting on 14-of-26 attempts (53.8 percent). It marked the fifth time this season the Owls made 10 or more three-pointers in a game. Rice dominated the boards, 44-23, and had a 20-4 advantage in second chance points. Iademarco eclipsed the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season by making 8-of-13 shots from the field, including a 5-of-9 performance from beyond the arc.

Best Start Since...
Rice’s 12-2 start to the season is their best record through 14 games since the 1981-82 (Division II) campaign when the Owls started 13-1. The Owls 10 non-conference victories were also the most since moving to Division I. A win on Thursday would give the Owls their longest win streak since 2005-06.

Staying Out of Harm’s Ways
The Owls have been among the nation’s best in staying out of foul trouble. Rice currently rank fourth in the nation with just 186 total fouls. In addition, they rank seventh in the nation with just 13.3 fouls per game.

Owning the Arc
The Owls lead all of C-USA in three-point field goals made per game (8.9-27th in NCAA) and are first in the league in total three-pointers made (124-47th in NCAA). Iademarco is fifth in C-USA in three-point makes per game (2.7) and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (37.6) and has made at least one three-pointer in each of the Owls first 14 games. On the flip side, the Owls have the best three-point field goal defense in C-USA (25.6 percent) and rank 11th in the nation.

Keep ‘Em Below 70
With their 83-52 win over UTSA, the Owls improved to 11-0 this season when they allow their opponents to score 70 points or less. The Owls rank third in C-USA in scoring defense, surrendering just 57.3 points per game. Rice has held seven straight opponents to under 70 points.

FAU Scouting Report
FAU has three players averaging double-figure scoring, led by Sasha Cedeno’s 19 points per game. The Owls lead all of C-USA in rebounds per game (45.7) and rank sixth in the nation. Cedeno also leads the team in rebounding (8.9 rpg), ranking second in C-USA.

Home Sweet Home
Dating back to last year, the Owls have won 10 consecutive games at Tudor Fieldhouse, including a 6-0 record this season. The last time Rice has such a streak stretched from 2004-2005 when Rice won 15 straight as a member of the WAC.

Next Up
Rice travels to Miami on Saturday, Jan. 13 to take on FIU at 6 p.m. (CT). The Owls will return home on Jan. 26 when they host UTEP at 7 p.m. 






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