Owls Host Florida Atlantic in Play 4 Kay Game
Feb. 20, 2015
Rice Owls (8-16, 3-10 C-USA) vs. Florida Atlantic Owls (11-13, 5-8 C-USA)
Game 25 Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
Video Stream: OwlVision ($)
Audio: Listen Live (Free)
Series Record: FAU leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: FAU won, 97-68 (1-11-14, at FAU)
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Owls Look to Build Off Win, Host FAU Saturday
The Rice Owls (8-16, 3-10) will be going for a Florida sweep on Saturday when they host the FAU Owls (11-13, 5-8) at 2 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice remains tied with North Texas for the final C-USA Championships qualifying spot while FAU has lost four consecutive games and is tied for 10th. Rice and FAU have met just once before, a 97-68 victory by FAU in Boca Raton back on Jan. 11, 2014. In that contest FAU made 14 three-pointers on 29 attempts while Rice's Nakachi Maduka scored a career-high 19 points.
Play 4 Kay Game
Fans will be encouraged to wear pink at Saturday's game in honor of breast cancer awareness. There will be a silent auction where all proceeds will benefit the Play 4 Kay Foundation. The first 100 fans will receive a free pink Rice cup.
Last Time Out
The Owls snapped a four-game losing streak with a convincing 80-59 victory over the FIU Panthers Thursday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice was led in scoring by senior guard Reem Moussa, who scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting along with five assists, four steals and only one turnover in 30 minutes off the bench. Sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine had her second-highest scoring output of the season with 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field, along with nine rebounds and three blocks.
Florida Atlantic Scouting Report
FAU is coming off a 74-55 loss at North Texas on Thursday in a game in which the Owls shot just 31 percent from the field. Sophomore guard Shaneese Bailey leads FAU in scoring with 16.4 points per game on 51 percent shooting. Junior guard Ali Gorrell is also averaging double-figures (13.2 ppg) and leads the Owls in rebounding (6.3 rpg). Rice will have an advantage on the boards as FAU is ranked second to last in rebounding (36.0) while Rice leads the league (43.0).
Moussa Provides Boost off Bench
Rice senior guard Reem Moussa poured in a career-high 23 points off the bench in the Owls' 80-59 victory over FIU on Thursday. The senior from Coppell High School came off the bench with Maya Hawkins in foul trouble to make 9-of-14 shots from the field (2-of-4 from three-point territory) and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Moussa also snagged a career-high four steals and five assists with just one turnover in 30 minutes of action.