Women's Basketball Returns Home to Face FIU
Feb. 18, 2015
Rice Owls (7-16, 2-10 C-USA) vs. FIU Panthers (3-20, 0-12 C-USA)
Game 24 Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 6 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
Video Stream: OwlVision ($)
Audio: Listen Live (Free)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Series Record: FIU leads, 4-1
Last Meeting: FIU won, 85-65 (3-11-14, C-USA Championships)
Owls vs. Panthers
Rice (7-16, 2-10) will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak on Thursday when they return home to Tudor Fieldhouse to face the FIU Panthers (3-20, 0-12). The Owls are currently tied for the 12th and final C-USA Tournament qualifying spot with North Texas while FIU sits in last looking for their first conference victory. The two teams split the season-series last year, with Rice winning their conference opener at FIU (59-41). FIU then defeated the Owls 85-65 in the opening round of the C-USA Championship Tournament. The Panthers lead the all-time series over the Owls, 4-1.
Last Time Out
Rice senior center Christal Porter recorded her sixth consecutive double-double (21 points, 15 rebounds) and sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine chipped in 15 points but it wasn't enough to slow down UAB's paint attack in a 75-59 loss at Bartow Arena.
The Owls allowed the Blazers to shoot 55 percent (29-of-53) for the game, a season-high allowed by Rice. UAB was in led in scoring by Janae Smith, who scored a game-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field and was a key reason the Blazers outscored the Owls 40-26 in points in the paint.
FIU Scouting Report
The Panthers will come into Houston riding a 12-game losing streak dating back to Dec. 30 when they defeated Bowling Green (68-55). FIU is averaging just 59 points per game during C-USA play but do have three players averaging double-figures, led by freshman forward Kiandre'a Pound (13.1 ppg). Senior post Marita Davydova is averaging a double-double (11.8 points, 10.4 rebounds) in league play. FIU is also getting 11.2 points a night from junior guard Taylor Shade.
Porter Shining Her Senior Season
Rice senior center Christal Porter is averaging a career-best 10.8 points and 11.1 rebounds this season and has a streak of six consecutive double-doubles dating back to Jan. 24. Porter has nine double-doubles this season and 13 double-figure rebounding performances. The Tennessee native is ranked 16th in the nation, second in C-USA, in rebounding. Over her last nine games Porter is averaging 14.8 points and 12.2 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the field while playing 32.6 minutes a night.