Owls to Host Marshall Thursday at 6 p.m.
Feb. 4, 2015
Rice Owls (7-12, 2-6 C-USA) vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (13-7, 5-4 C-USA)
Game 20 Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 6 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
Video Stream: OwlVision ($)
Audio: Listen Live (Free)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Series Record: Rice leads, 6-3
Last Meeting: Rice won, 74-68 (OT) on Jan. 18, 2014
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Owls Look to Build Win Streak
The Owls (7-12, 2-6) return to the hardwood Thursday looking for a second consecutive victory when they face the Marshall Thundering Herd (13-7, 5-4) at 6 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice leads the all-time series against Marshall, 6-3, which includes overtime victories over the Thundering Herd in each of the last two seasons. The Owls defeated Marshall 74-68 last season at Tudor Fieldhouse in a game that saw Maya Hawkins hit a career-high six three-pointers.
Last Time Out
Rice senior center Christal Porter registered her fifth double-double (20 points, 15 rebounds) of the season to help the Owls snap a six-game losing streak with a 58-55 overtime triumph over the North Texas Mean last Sunday. Rice avenged a Jan. 10 loss to the Mean Green by winning the overtime period 10-7, six of which points came from Porter. The Owls improved to 3-0 in overtime this season, overcoming 11 ties and seven lead changes. Porter made 8-of-14 shots from the field and was a perfect 4-of-4 at the free throw line while also contributing two blocks and a steal in a career-high 44 minutes of action. The Owls also got a superb performance from junior forward Alyssa Lang, who scored 15 points including the Owls' final eight points in regulation. Lang made 4-of-7 shots from the floor and was 9-of-10 (career-best) at the free throw line.
Marshall Scouting Report
The Thundering Herd are coming off a 68-67 home loss to Louisiana Tech last weekend and five of their last six games have been decided by seven points or less. Marshall is the only team in C-USA yet to register a losing streak, a perfect 6-0 following a loss this season. The Herd has four players averaging double-figure points and are led offensively by senior Leah Scott (14.4 points). Senior center Chukwuka Ezeigbo is second in the league in rebounding (10.3 rpg) to Rice's Christal Porter. Marshall ranks first in C-USA in field goal defense (.367), second in scoring defense (59.4) and second in three-point makes (6.5 per game).