Game 16 Notes (at Marshall)
Rice Owls (3-12, 2-2) at Marshall Thundering Herd (11-4, 1-3)
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 • 12 p.m. (CT)
Huntington, WV • E.A. Cam Henderson Center (9,048)
TV: None, Radio: WMUL-FM 88.1 (Marshall coverage)
Video Stream ($): C-USA Digital Network
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball | @HerdWBB
Series Record: Rice leads, 6-3
(NEWS & NOTES)
Road Swing Continues at Marshall
Following a 52-49 loss at WKU, the Rice Owls travel to Huntington, WV to face the Marshall Thundering Herd Saturday afternoon (12 p.m. CT). The Owls have gone just 1-6 on the road this season while Marshall boasts an 8-1 home mark, their lone loss coming on Thursday vs. North Texas (71-63). The Owls enter play Saturday in a 7-way tie for fourth place in the C-USA standings. Rice leads the all-time series 6-3 but Marshall won the last meeting, 72-69, back on Feb. 5, 2015 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Last Time Out
The Owls nearly erased a 13-point second half deficit and forced a third straight overtime contest but two final three-point attempts in the final 10 seconds of regulation would not fall in a 52-49 loss at WKU on Thursday. Sophomore Shani Rainey had a near-heroic fourth quarter, scoring 13 of the Owls’ 15 points in the period and finished with a team-high 15 points despite foul issues.
Marshall Scouting Report
The Herd got off to a roaring start to the season by winning 10 of their first 11 non-conference games but have started 1-3 in C-USA play. Marshall ranks second amongst all C-USA team in points per game (73.6) and are third in field goal percentage (.426). They also rank second in assists (14.5) and third in steals (9.3). Senior wing Leah Scott leads the Herd in scoring with 16.9 points per game and is also the team’s leading rebounder with 6.5 boards a contest. Freshman guard Shayna Gore also averages double-figures in scoring with 13.9 points per game.
Hawkins Sets Career-High
Rice junior guard Maya Hawkins continued her stellar conference play by dishing out a career-high 10 assists in Thursday’s loss at WKU. The Mansfield, Texas native became the first Owl with 10 or more assists in a game since Reem Moussa accomplished the feat on Nov. 24, 2014. In four C-USA games Hawkins is averaging a team-best 14.8 points and 6.2 assists while averaging 40.2 minutes a game.
Whatcha’ Say Ducat
Rice freshman forward Lexie Ducat stepped up in a big way for the Owls on Thursday, collecting her first collegiate double-double with a career-high 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Brock, Texas native notched the Owls’ fourth double-double of the year while playing a season-high 34 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Shani Rainey has the Owls other three double-doubles.
What’s On Deck
The Owls return home to host UAB (Thursday, Jan. 21) and Middle Tennessee (Saturday, Jan. 23). Rice has won two straight games at Tudor Fieldhouse, both in overtime.