Women's Basketball Looks to Bounce Back Saturday Versus ODU

Shani Rainey and the Owls host Old Dominion Saturday at 2 p.m.
Feb. 12, 2016

Game 23 Notes ( vs. Old Dominion Lady Monarchs)

Rice Owls (4-18, 3-8 C-USA) vs. Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (11-12, 7-4 C-USA)
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: Old Dominion leads, 4-0

NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN'S IN SPORTS DAY - Girls 8th grade and under can enjoy a pre-game speaker session with current Rice athletes, administrators and alumni. These ladies will discuss how sports effect their daily lives in their careers and future endeavors. Call the marketing office at (713) 348-4643 for details. 


Owls Host Lady Monarchs on Saturday
The Rice Owls women's basketball team will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday when they host the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs. ODU has won four straight games and is averaging 82 points per game over that stretch. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since ODU ousted Rice (62-57) in the opening round of the C-USA Tournament last season. ODU leads the all-time series over the Owls, 4-0.

Last Time Out
Rice junior Jasmine Goodwine scored a game-high 21 points and the Owls shot 48 percent as a team but turnovers and a 23-14 fourth quarter point differential proved to be the difference in a 69-58 loss to the Charlotte 49ers Thursday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls, playing in their first home game since Jan. 23, had managed to rally from a nine-point third quarter deficit to pull within 53-52 with 5:51 remaining in the fourth quarter but were outscored 16-6 the rest of the way.

Old Dominion Scouting Report
The Lady Monarchs are led by redshirt junior Jennie Simms, the leading scorer (19.9 ppg) in C-USA. Simms has twice scored 35 points in a single game this season, the most points scored by any player in the league this season. During league play the Lady Monarchs have held their opponents to just 60.4 points per game, the second-best ranking in the league. ODU also has the best rebounding differential in C-USA at +9.4.

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 another 20-point performance on Thursday. Over her last nine games Goodwine is averaging 18.9 points (53% shooting) and 6.8 rebound per game. After scoring in double-figures just three times during the non-conference season, Goodwine has eight such games in C-USA play alone and seven straight overall. Her 21-point performance vs. Charlotte was her sixth 20-point game of the season and her fourth in last five games.

Shots Falling
Over the Owls' last six game the team is shooting a sizzling 47 percent from the field. Rice has shot 47 percent from the field or better in four of those last six contests and are coming off a game in which they made their second-most field goals (26) on the season.

Long Distance Owls
Through 22 games the Owls have already made (111) and attempted (383) 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 sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.405) 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 head to the Sunshine State for a pair of road contests, beginning with Florida Atlantic on Thursday, Feb. 18, followed by a trip to Miami on Saturday, Feb. 20 to face FIU.





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