Owls Conclude Season-Long Road Trip at LA Tech

Feb. 24, 2017

Rice at Louisiana Tech (Game 27 Notes)

Rice Owls (16-10, 7-8) at Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (16-11, 11-5)
Game 27 • Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Ruston, LA • Thomas Assembly Center
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Series Record: Tech leads, 12-8

Owls Conclude Road Trip at LA Tech
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team wraps up their season-long road trip with their final away contest of the regular season Saturday evening (7 p.m.) at Louisiana Tech. The Lady Techsters lead the all-time series over the Owls, 12-8, including a 70-67 overtime victory in Houston back on Jan. 19. Rice is 1-8 all-time in the series in games played in Ruston. The Lady Techsters are 9-5 at home this season (6-2 in C-USA play) while the Owls are 8-6 on the road (4-4 in C-USA play). One more road victory would give the Owls their most (9) since the 2010-11 season.

Last Time Out
Rice redshirt sophomore Nicole Iademarco registered a career-high 26 points but it wasn’t enough to help the Owls run their C-USA win streak to five straight, suffering a 79-60 loss Thursday evening at Southern Miss. The Owls dropped their first C-USA road contest since their 81-66 loss at Old Dominion back on Jan. 26 by allowing Southern Miss (18-9, 10-5) to shoot an opponents’ season-high 58.0 percent from the floor. Iademarco backed up a 23-point performance last Saturday at UTEP with 26 more points on Thursday, making 10-of-22 shots from the floor, which included a season-high tying five made three-pointers.

Louisiana Tech Scouting Report
The Lady Techsters enter Saturday on a six-game winning streak, tied for the longest current streak in C-USA and the longest for Tech since the 2010-11 season. Over their last five games Tech has outrebounded each of its opponents by at least 13 rebounds. The Lady Techsters currently rank second in the league in rebounding differential at+5.6. During C-USA play the Lady Techsters have three players averaging double-figures in scoring: Kierra Anthony (14.9 ppg), Jasmine LeBlanc (13.7 ppg) and Alexus Malone (13.6 ppg). The Lady Techsters are allowing just 62.3 ppg during league play, third-best in C-USA.

Iademarco on the Mark
Since being inserted into the starting lineup back on Feb. 4, Rice redshirt sophomore guard Nicole Iademarco has been the Owls go-to player on the offensive end. The Woodlands, Texas native is averaging a team-best 19.3 ppg over her last six contests, making 43 percent of her shots from the field and shooting the three-point shot at a 35.6% rate. Iademarco has scored in double figures in all six games, including consecutive 20-plus point performances at UTEP (23 points) and Southern Miss (26 points).

From Way Downtown
The Owls have already made 178 three-pointers this season, a new single-season school record. Rice has made at least 10 three-pointers in a game six times.

Winning Formulas
As far as trends go, when the Owls outrebound their opponent and take a halftime lead they are nearly unstoppable. Rice is 12-3 when they collect more rebounds and 14-2 when they hold a halftime advantage on the scoreboard. In addition, when the Owls lead by double-digits at any point they’re 13-1 and when they hold their opponents below 60 points they’re 12-1. Rice is nearly flawless in the win column when they get point contributions from they’re bench, claiming a 12-1 record when they outscore their opponents.

Rainey Shooting Among the League’s Best
Rice junior guard Shani Rainey enters play on Saturday ranked fifth in the league in field goal percentage, shooting a career-best 54.1 percent from the floor. Rainey has shot 50 percent or better in 19 of her 26 starts, including 11 of her 15 games played in C-USA.

Hawkins Leading the Way
Senior point guard Maya Hawkins has been an instrumental part of the Owls’ success this season. The Mansfield, Texas native ranks fourth in C-USA in assists per game (5.0) while also posting the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). During C-USA play, Hawkins has the eighth-best three-point field goal percentage (.377), knocking down 29 of 77 attempts from beyond the arc. This season Hawkins became the only player in Rice history to amass 100+ career made three-pointers and 300+ career assists. Hawkins (146 career made three-pointers) is just one three-point make away from moving into second place in school history. She also ranks seventh in Rice history with 372 career assists.

What’s Next
Rice returns to Houston for their final homestand of the C-USA season. The Owls first host Marshall on March 2, followed by a Senior Day showdown versus C-USA leading WKU on March 4. That contest will mark the final home game for seniors Jasmine Goodwine, Maya Hawkins and Adaeze Obinnah.






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