Game 15 Notes (at WKU)
Rice Owls (3-11, 2-1) at WKU Lady Toppers (12-2, 3-0)
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Bowling Green, KY • E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326)
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TV: None, Radio: None
Video Stream ($): WKUSportsTV
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Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball | @LadyTopperHoops
Series Record: WKU leads, 1-0
(NEWS & NOTES)
Owls Riding Wave of Momentum to Bowling Green
Rice will be aiming for a season-high third consecutive victory on Thursday when they face the reigning C-USA champion WKU Lady Toppers in Bowling Green, KY at 7 p.m. The Owls have won back-to-back overtime thrillers, marking the first time since the 1997 season Rice has played consecutive overtime games (vs. New Mexico/at Utah). On the flipside WKU enters play on Thursday winners on nine straight, including three straight to begin C-USA play. The two schools met for the first time last season with the Lady Toppers erasing a 13-point second half deficit to defeat the Owls 83-76 at Tudor Fieldhouse on Feb. 7.
Last Time Out
The Owls defeated North Texas 100-97 in only the fourth triple overtime game ever played in school history and the highest combined score in Rice history. In the victory, Rice established season-highs in made field goals (32), three-point makes (9), made free throws (27), points in the paint (44), points off turnovers (22) and bench points (20). The Owls got a career-high 27 points from junior guard Maya Hawkins and junior forward Jasmine Goodwine tied her career-high with 25 points. In addition, sophomore guard Wendy Knight set a new career-high with 16 points while playing a career-high 50 minutes.
WKU Scouting Report
The Lady Toppers have two of the top scorers in the league in junior guard Kendall Noble (17.5 ppg) and sophomore forward Tashia Brown (16.9 ppg). Noble also ranks first in three-point percentage (.519) and is third amongst all C-USA players in assists (4.6 apg). Sophomore forward Ivy Brown ranks third in rebounding (9.6 rpg) and WKU leads the league in blocks shot (82 total, 5.9 per game). WKU is 5-0 at home this season and has won 24 of their last 25 games at E.A. Diddle Arena dating back to the 2013-14 season.
Hawkins Named ASN National Player of Week
Rice junior guard Maya Hawkins was named the American Sports Network women’s basketball national player of the week, the organization announced Monday afternoon. Hawkins poured in a team and career-high 27 points in the Owls 100-97 triple overtime victory over North Texas Sunday afternoon. Hawkins ranks fifth in Conference USA in both total three-pointers made (29) and three-point makes per contest (2.1). Hawkins has already surpassed her career-high of 28 three-point makes set her sophomore season.
What’s On Deck
The Owls continue a stretch of five of seven games on the road at Marshall on Saturday at 12 p.m. (CT). Rice is 6-3 all-time vs. the Thundering Herd.