Owls Open Critical Road Trip at ODU
Feb. 25, 2015
Rice Owls (8-17, 3-11 C-USA) at Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (15-10, 8-6 C-USA)
Game 26 Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 10 a.m. (CT)
Norfolk, Virginia Ted Constant Convocation (8,472)
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Series Record:ODU leads, 2-0
Last Meeting:ODU won, 62-55 (1-15-15, at Rice)
Owls Begin Critical Roadtrip at ODU
The Rice Owls (8-17, 3-11) travel to Norfolk, Virginia on Thursday for a key road showdown against the Lady Monarchs (15-10, 8-6) with tip-off set for 10 a.m. (CT). Rice is currently on the outside looking in at qualifying for the C-USA Tournament, but sits just one game back of travel partner North Texas for the 12th and final seed. ODU is currently fifth in C-USA and is coming off a big 72-71 victory at Louisiana Tech. ODU leads the all-time series over the Owls, which includes a 62-55 victory over the Owls back on Jan. 15 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Last Time Out
After falling behind by as much as 26 points in the opening half, the Owls nearly completed one of the biggest comebacks in school history but ultimately fell short in an 82-70 loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls last Saturday. Rice rallied with a big second half surge to pull within 61-56 with 8:25 remaining in the second half, but an 8-0 FAU run stymied Rice's comeback.
ODU Atlantic Scouting Report
ODU currently is fourth in the conference for field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 37.9% shooting. The Lady Monarchs are allowing 61.2 points per game. Old Dominion averages 15.6 forced turnovers a contest. Jennie Simms ranks 46th in the country, third in the conference in points per game, netting 18.4 a contest. Simms also leads the squad in rebounds, grabbing 7.4 boards a contest. Tiffany Minor is fifth in the conference in three-point field goals per game averaging 2.0. Destinee Young is sixth in the Conference USA blocked shots per game, averaging 1.2 an outing.
Goodwine Shining After Move to PF
Rice sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine has looked more than comfortable on the offensive end after switching positions from SF to PF. Goodwine scored a career-high 26 points in the loss to FAU, making 10-of-19 shots from the field (5-of-7 at the FT line) in 35 minutes. That performance was on the heels of a 21-point outing in a win over FIU on Thursday. For the weekend Goodwine averaged 23 points on 54 percent (20-of-37) shooting from the field along with 7.5 rebounds in 33 minutes.