Women's Basketball Looks to Snap Losing Skid Saturday vs. Charlotte

Christal Porter and the Owls host Charlotte at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Jan. 16, 2015

Rice Owls (6-9, 1-3 C-USA) vs. Charlotte (6-10, 2-2 C-USA)
Game 16 • Saturday, Jan. 16, 2015 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)

Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball@CharlotteWBB
Series Record: Charlotte leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Charlotte won, 58-53 on Jan. 25, 2014

Owls Looking to Snap Losing Skid
The Rice Owls women's basketball team (6-9, 1-3) will host the Charlotte 49ers (6-10, 2-2) for the first time ever this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice will be looking to snap a streak of three consecutive conference losses while the 49ers have won two straight in league playing, including a 67-58 win at North Texas on Thursday. The two teams met for the first time last season at Charlotte when the 49ers defeated the Owls 58-53 on Jan. 25, 2014.



Last Time Out
Rice was outscored 39-26 en route to a 62-55 home loss to Old Dominion on Thursday. Jasmine Goodwine and Christal Porter each scored 13 points to lead the Owls offensively.  The Owls shot just 31 percent for the game, falling to 4-8 on the season when they shoot 39% or less.   

Charlotte Scouting Report
The 49ers carry a 2-4 road mark into play Saturday and are led in scoring by sophomore guard Lefty Webster (13.6 ppg), who scored a career-high 25 points in Charlotte's win at North Texas on Saturday. Aside from Webster, senior guard Hillary Sigmon is also averaging double-digit points (10.4). 

Defense Will Lead the Way
Although the Owls are averaging just a shade under 60 points per game, Rice is giving themselves a chance to win each game thanks to a scrappy defense. The Owls are ranked second in C-USA defensive FG percentage (37%) and first in defensive 3pt. FG percentage (25%). The defensive three-point field goal percentage is good enough for 8th in the nation. Rice has allowed 59 points or less nine times this season. On Thursday Rice forced ODU into a season-high 31 turnovers, led by Maya Hawkins' career-high four steals.

Looking For Home Cooking
The Owls, who are already 5-3 at home this season, are looking to re-establish some home court dominance after struggles at Tudor Fieldhouse last season. The Owls went just 6-8 at home last year, which included a 2-6 mark in C-USA play. Prior to that Rice had gone 38-18 at Tudor since the start of 2009-10 campaign.



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