Game 17 Notes (vs. LA Tech)
Rice Owls (10-6, 1-4) vs. Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (7-9, 2-3)
Game 17 • Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: LA Tech leads, 11-8
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News & Notes
Home Sweet Home
After 18 days away from home, the Rice Owls finally return to Tudor Fieldhouse on Thursday when they host the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters at 7 p.m. The Owls are coming off a dramatic 13-point third quarter comeback victory at North Texas in which they recorded their first C-USA victory of the season and snapped a four-game losing streak. The Lady Techsters meanwhile have dropped three of their last four games overall, including a 69-64 home loss to Old Dominion on Jan. 14. Tech leads the all-time series against Rice 11-8, but Rice is 5-2 in games played in Houston and the Owls have won the last two meetings.
Last Time Out
The Owls erased a 13-point third quarter deficit to capture their first C-USA victory of the season with a 51-49 triumph at North Texas last Saturday afternoon at The Super Pit. Rice outscored North Texas 31-23 in the second half and rallied to win from a halftime deficit for the first time this season. The Owls also improved to 8-0 against teams from the state of Texas. Seniors Maya Hawkins (16 points) and Jasmine Goodwine (14 points) led the way offensively for the Owls, combining for 30 of Rice’s 51 points.
Lady Techsters Scouting Report
Louisiana Tech recorded one of the more impressive victories in C-USA this season when they defeated conference-leading Charlotte 80-54 back on Jan. 12 in Ruston. Tech is just 2-5 on the road this season and has lost their last four contests away from home. During league play the Lady Techsters have four players averaging double-figures in points, led by sophomore forward Jasmine LeBlanc (14.6 ppg), who’s also averaging 11.6 rebounds a game.
Goodwine Moving Up the Scoring Chart
Rice senior forward Jasmine Goodwine (1,040 career points) continues to climb the all-time Rice scoring ladder and with her 14 points last Saturday surged into 14th place, surpassing former Owl, Krystal Frazier (1,035 points). Next up for Goodwine is Brenda Conaway (13th place, 1,072 points). Goodwine will be honored prior to Thursday’s game for becoming the 16th player in Rice history to surpass 1,000 career points.
Winning 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 has held their opponent to 50 points or less six times and boasts a 6-0 record in such occurrences.
The Owls will return home to play Southern Miss (Jan. 21) to wrapup a quick two-game homestand before hitting the road again for an east coast swing to Old Dominion and Charlotte.