Game 23 Notes (vs. Florida Atlantic)
Rice Owls (13-9, 4-7) vs. Florida Atlantic Owls (4-18, 0-11)
Game 23 • Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: FAU leads, 2-1
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News & Notes
Battle of the Owls Saturday at Tudor Fieldhouse
Rice concludes their three-game homestand on Saturday when they host Florida Atlantic in the only meeting between the two teams this season. Rice improved to 7-4 at home this year with a 74-55 triumph over FIU on Thursday evening while FAU dropped to 0-6 on the road and 0-11 in C-USA play with their 79-57 loss at North Texas. Rice’s 13 wins are the team’s most since the 2013-14 season. FAU leads the all-time series 2-1 but Rice won last year’s meeting 75-54 in Boca Raton.
Last Time Out
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team used a 26-6 third quarter surge to defeat the FIU Panthers 74-55 Thursday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice knocked down 10-of-23 attempts from beyond the three-point arc, which included an 8-of-12 (67 percent) performance in the second half. Redshirt sophomore guard Nicole Iademarco led Rice with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and a season-high five three-point makes. The Owls outscored FIU in bench points (22-7), points off turnovers (22-6) and points in the paint (32-24). Rice also committed just 10 turnovers, matching a season-low set earlier in the season at ULM.
Florida Atlantic Scouting Report
The Owls are still in search of their first C-USA victory and have lost 12 straight overall, having been outscored by an average of 13.8 points per game. During league play FAU is led in scoring by Sasha Cedeno (10.7 ppg) and the Owls rank fourth in C-USA in rebounding (39.7 rpg).
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 12-2 when they hold a halftime advantage on the scoreboard. In addition, when the Owls lead by double-digits at any point they’re 12-1 and when they hold their opponents below 60 points they’re 11-1. Rice is nearly flawless in the win column when they get point contributions from they’re bench, claiming a 10-1 record when they outscore their opponents.
Owls Letting it Fly
Rice knocked down 10 three-pointers in the win over FIU, marking the sixth time this season that the Owls have made at least 10 three-pointers in a game. The Owls, who have made 146 three-pointers, tied the school record for most made three-pointers in a game (12) at ULM earlier this season on Dec. 18. Five different Owls have made 13 or more three-pointers this year, led by 38 makes from Maya Hawkins.
Rice embarks on a four-game road trip that will begin at UTSA on Feb. 16, followed by a Sunday afternoon battle at UTEP on Feb. 18. The Owls won’t return home until March 2 vs. Marshall.