Women's Hoops Heads to Florida for Battle of Owls

Maya Hawkins and the Owls head to Florida to face FAU on Thursday.
Feb. 16, 2016

By: Kenny Bybee (kab10@rice.edu)

Game 24 Notes (at Florida Atlantic Owls)

Rice Owls (5-18, 4-8 C-USA) at Florida Atlantic Owls (11-13, 3-10 C-USA)
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2016 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Boca Raton, Florida • The Burrow (5,000)
Video Stream ($): FAU Owls 360
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball | @FAU_WBB
Series Record: FAU leads, 2-0


Owls Travel to the Sunshine State
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team will look to carry their recent momentum to the east coast this week when they travel to Florida for a pair of games, beginning with the Florida Atlantic Owls on Thursday. Rice is 2-9 on the road this season and 0-4 in C-USA away contests. FAU enters play on Thursday having lost six straight and 10 of 11 overall. Rice trails the all-times series versus FAU, 2-0.

Last Time Out
The Owls snapped a three-game losing streak with one of their best performances of the season last Saturday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse, defeating the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs 68-46. The victory for the Owls was the first in five tries against the Lady Monarchs, who saw their season-high four-game win streak come to a crashing halt. Rice junior forward Jasmine Goodwine led the charge yet again with her third double-double of the season, compiling a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes of action.

Florida Atlantic Scouting Report
FAU relies heavily on the long ball, leading all teams during C-USA play in both three-point makes (131) and attempts (368), while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage (.356). In the previous two meetings vs. Rice, FAU shot a combined 28-of-54 from beyond the arc (.518), knocking down 14 three-pointers in each meeting. Three Owls average double-figure points during C-USA play, led by senior guard Ali Gorrell (16.7 ppg). Junior Kat Wright leads all players during league play in three-point makes per game (3.2). FAU surrenders the most points (74.7 ppg) during C-USA play. 

Goodwine Leading the Way
Rice junior forward Jasmine Goodwine continues to take her game to a new level during C-USA play and is coming off her third double-double of the season last Saturday. Over her last 10 games Goodwine is averaging 18.7 points (51% shooting) and 7.1 rebound per game. After scoring in double-figures just three times during the non-conference season, Goodwine has nine such games in C-USA play alone and eight straight overall.

Spreading the Wealth
With 18 more assists last Saturday versus Old Dominion the Owls have moved up to second among all C-USA teams in assists per game (14.6) during league play. Rice has posted 15 or more assists in a game on nine different occasions, including four straight overall and five of their last six contests. Junior point guard Maya Hawkins is the catalyst, and is currently ranked second during league play with 5.9 assists per game. The Mansfield, Texas native has six games of seven or more assists this season.

What’s On Deck
Rice continues their Florida road swing when they face the FIU Panthers on Saturday at 11 a.m. (CT). That game will be televised on Fox Sports with Jenn Hildreth on the call.






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