Owls Set to Host WKU in C-USA Showdown

Feb. 9, 2018

by Kenny Bybee (kab10@rice.edu)

Rice Owls (17-4, 7-2 C-USA) vs. WKU Lady Toppers (18-5, 9-1 C-USA)
Game 22 • Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse

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Series Record: WKU leads, 3-0
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Owls Host C-USA Leading WKU
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team returns home for a critical C-USA showdown against the league-leading WKU Lady Toppers on Saturday (2 p.m.). Rice is coming off a 75-55 loss at Louisiana Tech on Wednesday while WKU enters play winners of six straight. The Owls will put their undefeated home mark (9-0) on the line against a Lady Toppers team that is 5-4 on the road. WKU leads the all-time series against Rice, 3-0.

Last Time Out
The Owls had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 75-55 setback at Louisiana Tech’s Thomas Assembly Center Wednesday evening. Rice lost for just the second time in their last 14 games despite a game-high 20 points from redshirt sophomore Erica Ogwumike, her ninth game of 20 or more points this season. In addition to Ogwumike, junior Lauren Grigsby added 13 points off the bench in 21 minutes. The Owls were undone by 20 turnovers, an area in which the Lady Techsters (15-9, 6-5) took advantage with a 32-13 differential in points off miscues.

WKU Scouting Report
During league play, the Lady Toppers are the top-scoring offense in the league (74.3 ppg) and the third-ranked defense (59.3 ppg). Tashia Brown leads the way offensively, scoring 21.8 points per contest while Ivy Brown adds an additional 17.2 points a game to go along with 10.1 rebounds.

Best Start in School History
The Owls are out to their best 21-game start (17-4) in program history since the 1981-82 team, which also went 17-4 through 21 games. The school record for most wins in a season is held by the 2004-05 Owls, who won 24 games and were the WAC champions.

Home Sweet Home
Dating back to last year, the Owls have won 13 consecutive games at Tudor Fieldhouse, including an 9-0 record this season. The 13 consecutive home wins is tied for the eighth-longest streak in the country The last time Rice had such a streak stretched from 2004-2005 when Rice won 15 straight as a member of the WAC. The Owls have outscored opponents by an average of 16.0 points per game at home this year while surrendering just 47.2 points a game.

Ogwumike Leading the Way
Redshirt sophomore guard Erica Ogwumike ranks 5th in C-USA in scoring (17.4 ppg), 4th in rebounding (9.2 rpg), 6th in steals (2.1 spg) and 4th in free throws made (82). In addition, Ogwumike has a team-high eight double-doubles this season and has scored 20 or more points in nine games.

Up Next
The Owls hit the road for a pair of games next week, beginning Thursday, Feb. 15 at UAB (6 p.m.), followed by an away tilt at Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Feb. 17 (2 p.m.). 

 

 

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