Game 21 Notes (vs. North Texas)
Rice Owls (12-8, 3-6) vs. North Texas Mean Green (6-14, 3-6)
Game 21 • Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: Rice leads, 6-3
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News & Notes
Owls Return Home to Host Mean Green
Riding high following a memorable road victory at Charlotte, the Owls return to Houston to open up a three-game homestand which begins Saturday versus North Texas in the annual Play For Kay game. Rice defeated the Mean Green 51-49 back on Jan. 14 in Denton and has won fourth straight contests in the series. In those four games, the Owls have won by a total margin of 14 points and have won in overtime, double overtime, and triple overtime. Rice has won three of their last five games overall while North Texas has dropped three straight and five of six. The Owls are 6-3 at home this season while the Mean Green is 2-7 on the road.
Last Time Out
Rice senior guard Maya Hawkins knocked down a go-ahead three-pointer with eight seconds remaining in regulation to help lead the Owls to a dramatic 55-52 victory at Conference USA-leading Charlotte Saturday evening on ESPN3. The Owls defeated the 49ers for the first time in seven tries in the series history and handed Charlotte their first home loss of the season in the process. Senior forward Jasmine Goodwine led the Owls offensively with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. The Owls outshot Charlotte from the field (46 percent to 34 percent) and improved to 10-1 this season when they outrebound their opponents with a 38-37 edge on the boards.
North Texas Scouting Report
The Mean Green rank second in Conference USA in turnovers forced per game (19.3) led by senior guard Kelsey Criner, who is 10th in the league in steals per game (1.8). During league play North Texas is ranked 14th in scoring offense (58.2 ppg) while being ranked fourth in scoring defense (62.7 ppg). Redshirt sophomore guard Terriell Bradley leads North Texas in scoring (14.8 ppg) during league play while senior guard Candice Adams ranks fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.391) and third in three-point field goals per game (2.6).
Hawkins Leading the Way
Senior point guard Maya Hawkins has been an instrumental part of the Owls success this season. The Mansfield, Texas native ranks fourth in C-USA in assists per game (5.1) while also posting the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8). During C-USA play, Hawkins has the second-best three-point field goal percentage (.420), knocking down 21 of 50 attempts from beyond the arc. This season Hawkins became the only player in Rice history to amass 100+ career made three-pointers and 300+ career assists. Entering Saturday with 138 career made three-pointers, Hawkins is just two makes shy of tying Jessica Goswitz for fourth in Rice history.
A Winning Recipe
As far as trends go, when the Owls outrebound their opponent and take a halftime lead they are nearly unstoppable. Rice is 10-1 when they collect more rebounds and 11-1 when they hold a halftime advantage on the scoreboard. In addition, when the Owls lead by double-digits at any point they’ve yet to lose (11-0).
The Owls will host both Florida schools next week, starting first with FIU on Thursday, Feb. 9, followed by Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Feb. 11.