Women's Basketball Heads to Middle Tennessee Thursday
Feb. 11, 2015
Rice Owls (7-14, 2-8 C-USA) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (15-6, 9-2 C-USA)
Game 22 Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 7 p.m. (CT)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee Murphy Center (11,520)
Video Stream: GoBlueRaiders.com
Audio: Listen Live (Free)
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Series Record: MT leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: MT won 65-54 on Feb. 8, 2014
On The Road Again
After wrapping up a three-game homestand last Saturday, the Rice Owls (7-14, 2-8) return to the road beginning with a Thursday outing at co-conference leader Middle Tennessee. The Owls will be looking for their first road win since their Jan. 2 overtime triumph at UTSA in the conference opener. The Blue Raiders are coming off a 68-44 victory at Louisiana Tech and are tied for first place in C-USA with WKU. Middle Tennessee won the lone meeting against Rice last season, 65-54, at the Murphy Center.
Last Time Out
Four Owls scored in double-figures, led by 18 points from sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine, but it was not enough to slow down the WKU Lady Toppers in an 83-76 setback at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice led by as much as 13 points in the second half before WKU closed strong. Rice senior guard Nakachi Maduka scored a season-high 15 points in 35 minutes while also accumulating eight rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and a steal. Senior guard Maya Adetula came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points, making 5-of-10 attempts from the field and 3-of-3 at the free throw line. Senior center Christal Porter notched her fourth consecutive double-double and seventh of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Middle Tennessee Scouting Report
The Blue Raiders are set to begin a two-game homestand and will play four of their final six games in Murfreesboro. MT features the dynamic scoring tandem of sophomore wing Olivia Jones and senior forward Cheyenne Parker. The duo of Jones and Parker rank first and second, respectively, in scoring in C-USA contests. Jones is averaging a league-best 21.5 points per game while Parker is averaging 20.3 points a night. Parker is also averaging a league-best 13.4 rebounds during C-USA play and is second in field goal percentage (.617). The Blue Raiders pose the number one scoring offense in C-USA play, averaging 76.2 points a game.
Along with being the team's best wing defender, senior guard Nakachi Maduka has really raised her game in all facets over the last four contests. Over that span the Arlington, Texas native is averaging 11.5 points on 51 percent shooting, 3-of-3 from three-point territory, 4.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals all while playing 32.5 minute per game. Maduka notched season-highs in points (15), rebounds (8), assists (8), blocks (2), made field goals (5) and free throw attempts (7) in the Owls' loss to WKU.