By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Game 25 Notes (at FIU Panthers)
Rice Owls (6-18, 5-8 C-USA) at FIU Panthers (4-21, 2-12 C-USA)
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 • 11 a.m. (CT)
Miami, Florida • FIU Arena (5,000)
TV: Fox Sports (Where to Watch In Your Area)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball | @FIUWBB
Series Record: FIU leads, 4-2
NEWS & NOTES
Owls Looking for Florida Sweep
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team will look to extend their winning streak to a season-high three straight on Saturday when they face the FIU Panthers at 11 a.m. (CT) on Fox Sports. The game features two first-year head coaches that were previously on the Maryland coaching staff in Rice’s Tina Langley and FIU’s Marlin Chinn. The two coaches spent the last six seasons together helping guide the Terrapins to the Final Four last season. FIU leads the all-time series against the Owls 4-2.
Last Time Out
Four Owls scored in double-figures, led by a game-high 19 points from junior forward Jasmine Goodwine, to help Rice secure a 75-54 victory on the road Thursday evening over Florida Atlantic at FAU Arena. Rice notched their second straight 20-point victory by shooting 49 percent from the field and outscoring FAU 40-22 in points in the paint. Rice also set a season-high by shooting 87 percent (13-of-15) at the free throw line and committed a season-low 9 turnovers.
FIU Scouting Report
The Panthers have gone 2-3 in the month of February and are coming off a 58-40 home loss to North Texas on Thursday. FIU is led in scoring by senior guard Taylor Shade, who averages 14.4 points per game and just eclipsed the 1,000-point mark last time out. Junior guard Tianah Alvarado (12.2 ppg) and junior wing Janka Hegedus (11.2 ppg) also average double-figures. FIU leads the league in free throw shooting (.764).
Goodwine Leading the Way
Rice junior forward Jasmine Goodwine continues to take her game to a new level during C-USA play and is now seventh in the league in scoring (16.6 ppg) during league play. Over her last 11 games Goodwine is averaging 18.7 points (50% shooting) and 6.6 rebound per game. After scoring in double-figures just three times during the non-conference season, Goodwine has 10 such games in C-USA play alone and nine straight overall.
Spreading the Wealth
The Owls have jumped up to No. 2 in C-USA in assists per game (14.7) during league play, second to only Middle Tennessee (15.2 apg). Rice has posted 15 or more assists in a game on 10 different occasions, including five straight overall and six of their last seven contests. Junior point guard Maya Hawkins is the catalyst, and is currently ranked second during league play with 5.8 assists per game. The Mansfield, Texas native has six games of seven or more assists this season.
What’s On Deck
Rice returns to Houston for their final two home games of the 2015-16 season, starting with Southern Miss on Thursday, Feb. 25. The Owls will then host Louisiana Tech on Senior Day, Saturday, Feb. 27.