Owls Battle Charlotte Saturday on ESPN3

Jan. 27, 2017

Game 20 Notes (at Charlotte)

Rice Owls (11-8, 2-5) at Charlotte 49ers (15-4, 7-1)
Game 20 • Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Charlotte, North Carolina • Halton Arena
Video Stream: ESPN3
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball
Series Record: Charlotte leads, 6-0

News & Notes
Owls Square off Against 49ers on ESPN3
Rice concludes their east coast swing on Saturday (6 p.m., ESPN3) when they face the Charlotte 49ers for the second time this season. The Owls have won two of their last four contests while Charlotte sits atop the C-USA standings and has won 12 of their last 13 games overall. Rice is 5-5 on the road this season while Charlotte is a perfect 8-0 at Halton Arena. The 49ers defeated the Owls 69-51 back on Jan. 1 in Houston and lead the all-time series, 6-0.

Last Time Out
Despite four players scoring in double-figures, the Rice Owls women’s basketball team was unable to erase a big first half deficit in an 81-66 loss Thursday evening at Old Dominion. Rice lost to the Lady Monarchs for the second time this season largely in part to the effort by ODU’s Jennie Simms, who poured in a game-high 34 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Nicole Iademarco led all Rice players with 14 points followed by Jasmine Goodwine (12 points), Shani Rainey (12 points) and Maya Hawkins (10 points).

Charlotte Scouting Report
The 49ers ranks number one in C-USA in assists per game (16.7), blocked shots per game (6.0), and fewest fouls per game (14.9). Charlotte has four players averaging double-figures in scoring, led by Grace Hunter (16.6 ppg). Laia Raventos leads C-USA in assists per game (5.4) while Ciara Gregory is the league leader in total three-point makes (61), three-pointers made per game (3.21) and three-pointers attempted (174).

Goodwine Moving Up the Rice Scoring Chart
Owls senior forward Jasmine Goodwine (1,073 career points) has a chance to move past two Rice legends on Saturday. Goodwine is just three points away from tying Valeriya Berezhynska (12th-1,076 points) and seven points from Morgan Mayse (11th-1,080 points). On Thursday, Goodwine surpassed Brenda Conaway (1,072 points) for 13th place on the Rice all-time scoring list.

Rice is 9-1 this season when they win the rebounding battle and just 2-7 when they don’t.

What’s Next
Rice returns home to open a three-game homestand, beginning with just one game next week against North Texas on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Owls will then host FIU and Florida Atlantic the following week.






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