Women's Basketball Set to Host North Texas Sunday
Jan. 30, 2015
Rice Owls (6-12, 1-6 C-USA) vs. North Texas (2-16, 1-6 C-USA)
Game 19 Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: North Texas leads, 3-2
Last Meeting: North Texas won, 53-48 on Jan. 10, 2015
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Owls Begin Three-Game Homestand
The Owls (6-12, 1-6) return to the friendly confines of Tudor Fieldhouse this Sunday for the first of three consecutive home games, beginning with the Mean Green (2-16, 1-6). Rice started C-USA competition by playing five of their first seven games on the road but will now play seven of their next 11 contests at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls, who are 5-4 at home, will be trying to snap a six-game losing streak on Sunday, their longest since the 2009-10 campaign. North Texas has dropped four straight games since defeating the Owls (53-48) back on Jan. 10 in Denton. The Mean Green leads the all-time series over Rice, 3-2.
Last Time Out
Senior post Christal Porter notched her fourth double-double of the season and was one of three Owls to score in double-figures, but it was not enough to slow down the Lady Techsters in an 88-71 defeat last Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center. Rice played LA Tech tough late into the second half and were down just 67-63 with 6:10 remaining before the Lady Techsters closed the game on a 21-8 run. The Owls 88 points allowed was a season-high by the Owls and LA Tech shot 59 percent from the field in the second half.
Porter led all Owls with 17 points and 11 rebounds, making 8-of-16 from the field in 28 minutes.
North Texas Scouting Report
The Mean Green carries just a 1-7 road record into Sunday's contest and have dropped six straight road games overall. Senior forward Briesha Wynn is the lone player averaging double-figure points (11.6 ppg) and also leads all North Texas players in rebounding (6.9 rpg). North Texas defeated Rice back on Jan. 10 with three players scoring in double-digits, including a 15 points from both Candice Adams and BreAnna Dawkins. On the flipside Rice shot just 33 percent from the field in that game and committed 23 turnovers.
All the Rebounds Belong to Rice
The Owls are the top rebounding team in all of C-USA, averaging 44.4 per game and have the third-highest rebounding differential (+4.2) in the league. Much of that success is credited to senior Christal Porter, who leads all of C-USA in rebounding with 10.4 boards per game. Porter has eight double-figure rebounding performances on the year and set a new career-high with 18 rebounds in a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi back on Nov. 24.
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 that is allowing just 63 points in conference play. The Owls are ranked fifth in C-USA defensive FG percentage (38%) and first in defensive 3pt. FG percentage (26%). Rice has allowed 59 points or less nine times this season.