By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
Game 22 Notes ( vs. Charlotte 49ers)
Rice Owls (4-17, 3-7 C-USA) vs. Charlotte 49ers (12-9, 5-5 C-USA)
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: Charlotte leads, 3-0
PROMOTIONS: Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. There will be a silent auction in the lobby of Tudor Fieldhouse with sports memorabilia and all proceeds from the auction will benefit the Play 4Kay foundation.
Pink pom poms will be given away to the first 300 people at the door and there will be an in-game recognition of breast cancer awareness groups and breast cancer survivors. In addition, the Owls will be wearing pink warmups in support of the Play 4Kay Foundation.
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NEWS & NOTES
Owls Host Charlotte in Play 4Kay Game
Rice will be playing their first home game since a Jan. 23 loss to Middle Tennessee when they host Charlotte at 7 p.m. Thursday in their annual Play 4Kay Pink Out game. The 49ers currently sit in seventh place in the C-USA standings, two games ahead of Rice. Charlotte has won all three meetings in the series history.
Last Time Out
Jasmine Goodwine notched her second double-double of the season but the Owls’ bid to hand Southern Miss their first home loss of the season fell short in a 68-62 loss last Saturday evening at Reed Green Coliseum. Rice led for 23:29 but a third quarter in which Southern Miss outscored the Owls 21-9 proved to be the difference. In addition to Goodwine, Rice’s bench (22 points) had one of their better performances of the season led by 10 points from freshman guard Gabrielle Stanton.
Charlotte Scouting Report
The 49ers dropped a high-scoring 94-85 decision last Saturday at Old Dominion despite a career-high 27 points from freshman Grace Hunter. Charlotte presents a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging 10 or more points, led by Alexis Alexander’s 14.3 ppg. Hunter ranks fifth among all C-USA players in both rebounding (9.1 rpg) and FG% (.526). As a team Charlotte ranks third in scoring (71.3 ppg) during C-USA play but is 12th in scoring defense (72.0 ppg).
Goodwine Scorching Hot
Rice junior forward Jasmine Goodwine continues to take her game to a new level during C-USA play and is coming off her second double-double of the season (15 points, 11 rebounds) at Southern Miss. Over her last eight games Goodwine is averaging 18.6 points (53% shooting) and 7.0 rebound per game. After scoring in double-figures just three times during the non-conference season, Goodwine has seven such games in C-USA play alone and six straight overall. In C-USA play, the Killeen, Texas native ranks ninth in the league in scoring (15.9 ppg), seventh in blocked shots (1.1) and 10th in free throw percentage (.787).
Long Distance Owls
Through 21 games the Owls have already made (110) and attempted (373) more three-pointers than they did all of 2014-15 (94-of-321). In fact, the 110 three-point makes are most by an Owls team since the 2011-12 campaign (150). Sophomore Wendy Knight ranks 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage (.441) during league play.
Hanging Tough with C-USA’s Best
Following their loss at LA Tech (Feb. 4) the Owls have now lost to the top four teams in the league by a combined 12 points. Three of those losses have been by three points or less.
Overtime is Owls Time
Rice improved to 3-1 in overtime competition this season with their 79-73 double-OT victory at North Texas last Saturday. The four OT contests are the most played by the Owls in a single-season in school history and it marked the first time they’ve ever played the same opponent in OT twice in one season.
What’s On Deck
The Owls end their quick homestand with Old Dominion on Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by a Florida road trip to Florida Atlantic (Thursday, Feb. 18) and FIU (Saturday, Feb. 20).