Owls Look to Bounce Back Thursday vs. FIU

Feb. 7, 2017

Game 22 Notes (vs. FIU)

Rice Owls (12-9, 3-7) vs. FIU Panthers (5-16, 3-7)
Game 22 • Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
Buy Tickets: RiceOwls.com
Video Stream: CUSAtv ($)
Audio Stream: Alex Del Barrio (PXP)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball
Series Record: FIU leads, 4-3

News & Notes
Owls Host Panthers on Thursday
Rice continues their three-game homestand this week with a pair of contests against schools from Florida, beginning first with FIU on Thursday (7 p.m.). The Owls are 6-4 at Tudor Fieldhouse while FIU is just 1-6 on the road. Both teams enter the game with a 3-7 C-USA record and tied for 10th in the standings. Although FIU leads the all-time series (4-3), Rice has won three of the last four meetings between the two schools.

Last Time Out
The North Texas Mean Green rallied from a 17-point third quarter deficit to force overtime and defeat the Rice Owls 77-69 Saturday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse. Five Rice players scored in double-figures in the loss, led by a team-high 15 points from junior guard Shani Rainey. Nicole Iademarco (13 points), Wendy Knight (12 points), Maya Hawkins (10 points) and Lexie Ducat (10 points) all poured in double-digit scoring performances for Rice. The Owls lost for just the second time this season when outrebounding their opponent (44-36) and suffered their first loss of the season (11-1) when leading at any point by 10 or more points.

FIU Scouting Report
The Panthers have lost five of their last six games overall and are coming off a 101-54 loss to C-USA leading Charlotte last Saturday. Sophomore Kristian Hudson leads the team in scoring with 13.1 ppg overall and has increased that average to 15.6 ppg during C-USA play. Tiana Alvarado (10.7 ppg) and Janka Hegedus (10.4 ppg) also average double-figure scoring during league play. During the conference season the Panthers have been outscored by an average of 19.9 ppg.

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 sixth in C-USA in assists per game (5.0) while also posting the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7). During C-USA play, Hawkins has the third-best three-point field goal percentage (.426), knocking down 23 of 54 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. Hawkins (140 career made three-pointers) is just three, three-point makes away from moving into third place in school 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 10-2 when they collect more rebounds and 11-2 when they hold a halftime advantage on the scoreboard. In addition, when the Owls lead by double-digits at any point they’re 11-1.

What’s Next
Rice hosts Florida Atlantic on Saturday (2 p.m.) before embarking on a four-game road trip that will send them to UTSA, UTEP, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech.

 

 

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