Owls Battle Blazers Saturday in Birmingham
Feb. 13, 2015
Rice Owls (7-15, 2-9 C-USA) at UAB Blazers (13-10, 7-5 C-USA)
Game 23 Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 2 p.m. (CT)
Birmingham, Alabama Bartow Arena (8,508)
Video Stream: BlazerVision ($)
Audio: Listen Live (Free)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Series Record: Tied, 5-5
Last Meeting: Rice won 61-51 on March 5, 2014 at UAB
Owls vs. Blazers
The Owls will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid on Saturday when they face the UAB Blazers at 2 p.m. at Bartow Arena. UAB is in a three-way tie for fourth place in C-USA while the Owls are tied with North Texas for the final C-USA Tournament qualifying spot (12th). Rice and UAB are tied 5-5 in the all-time series with the Owls winning the last two matchups. The Owls defeated the Blazers 61-51 in the final game of the regular season last year in Birmingham.
Last Time Out
Rice senior center Christal Porter earned her fifth consecutive double-double (11 points, 15 rebounds) and sixth in her last seven games but it was not enough to slow down the first place Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in a 79-61 loss Thursday evening at the Murphy Center. The Owls made a big comeback midway through the second half, climbing back from a 22-point deficit at the 18 minute mark to within 64-56 with 4:28 remaining but never got closer. MT got a monster game from senior center Cheyenne Parker, who scored a game-high 29 points, grabbed 14 points and added three blocks, breaking the Blue Raiders single-season blocks record.
UAB Scouting Report
The Blazers have been one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the league this season, ranking second in C-USA with a .362 3-point field goal percentage. UAB is also second with 6.5 three-point field goals made per game. Rice leads C-USA in 3-point field goal percentage, holding its opponents to a .257 average beyond the arc. Senior Janae Smith leads UAB and ranks fourth in C-USA with 17.8 points per game. Smith has scored over 20 points in seven games this season, including four straight. The Matteson, Ill. native has led UAB in scoring in 16 games this season.