By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Game 27 Notes ( vs. Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters)
Rice Owls (7-19, 6-9 C-USA) vs. Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (14-12, 9-6 C-USA)
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: LA Tech leads, 11-6
PROMOTIONS: (SENIOR DAY) - Join us pre-game as we honor our three seniors in their final home game. GREEN STARLETTES - Enjoy a half-time performance by the Girl Scouts Green Starlettes!
NEWS & NOTES
Owls Host Lady Techsters in Final Home Game
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team closes out their home portion of the 2015-16 schedule with a Saturday afternoon contest against the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters. The game will mark the final home appearance for Rice seniors Elena Gumbs, Alyssa Lang and Megan Palmer. The trio will be honored with a ceremony prior to the game. Rice dropped a 63-61 heartbreaker at LA Tech earlier this season on Feb. 4. LA Tech leads the all-time series against Rice 11-6, but the Owls have a 4-2 advantage in games played in Houston.
Last Time Out
Rice saw their season-high three-game win streak come to an end Thursday evening in a 59-49 home setback to the Southern Miss Lady Eagles. The Owls got off to a sluggish start offensively in the first half by scoring a season-low 14 points in the first 20 minutes en route to the team’s first loss in two weeks. Junior Maya Hawkins led the Owls with 12 points while sophomore guard Wendy Knight chipped in 11 points. The Owls were outshot from the field by Southern Miss, 40 percent-33 percent, and committed 21 turnovers that led to 16 Lady Eagle points. Rice junior Jasmine Goodwine just missed out on a double-double with 7 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the loss.
Louisiana Tech Scouting Report
The Lady Techsters have won two of their last three games, including a 78-67 win at North Texas on Thursday. LA Tech currently sits in fifth place in the C-USA standings and are 4-7 on the road this season. Senior forward Brandi Wingate leads the Lady Techsters in scoring (17.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg). Wingate, the daughter of former NBA player David Wingate, leads C-USA in 20-plus point performances this year with 13.
What’s at Stake
The Owls, currently 10th in the C-USA standings, now have a magic number of one over both North Texas (4-11) and Florida Atlantic (4-11) to avoid playing on the opening day of the C-USA Championships in Birmingham. This season all 14 teams qualify for the tournament with the bottom four seeds competing against each other in the first round on March 8.
What’s On Deck
Rice makes its final road trip of the regular season when they hit the east coast next Thursday/Saturday to face Charlotte and Old Dominion, respectively. Both games will be the second meeting of the season against each team. Rice previously lost at home to Charlotte, 68-46, but bounced back to trounce the Lady Monarchs 68-46.