Women's Basketball Returns Home to Host Marshall
Tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
Game 28 Notes (vs. Marshall)
Rice Owls (16-11, 7-9) vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (12-15, 4-12)
Game 28 • Thursday, March 2, 2017 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: Rice leads, 6-4
Owls Host Marshall to Begin Final Homestand
The Rice Owls (16-11, 7-9) return to Houston for their first home game since Feb. 11 to face the Marshall Thundering Herd (12-15, 4-12) in the first of two final home games of the C-USA season. Rice has won three of their last four games at Tudor Fieldhouse and are 8-4 overall at home while the Herd are just 2-8 on the road. Entering play on Thursday the Owls are ninth in the C-USA standings while the Herd sit in 12th, the final C-USA Tournament qualifying seed. The Owls lead the all-time series over Marshall, 6-4.
Last Time Out
Rice redshirt sophomore guard Nicole Iademarco surpassed the 20-point barrier for a third consecutive game but the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters used a 20-12 third quarter advantage to defeat the Owls 62-51 Saturday evening at Thomas Assembly Center. The Owls held their own on the boards against the Lady Techsters, becoming the first team in the last seven games to outrebound (33-25) Tech.
Marshall Scouting Report
The Herd rely on the three-point shy more than any other team in the league, hoisting a C-USA leading 670 three-point attempts this season (34th in the nation) while making a league-best 7.9 three-pointers per game and 214 overall. Redshirt senior forward Talequia Hamilton ranks second in C-USA in blocks per game (1.81) and is third in field goal percentage (54.2). Sophomore wing Shayna Gore leads Marshall in scoring (16.9 ppg), three-pointers made (62), three-point field goal percentage (36.9) and steals per game (1.93). Marshall has lost eight straight games entering Thursday and nine of 10 overall.
Iademarco on the Mark
Over her last seven games, Rice redshirt sophomore Nicole Iademarco is averaging a team-best 19.4 points per game on 44 percent shooting from the field (33 percent from three-point territory) and 89 percent from the charity stripe. Last Saturday Iademarco poured in 21 points at Louisiana Tech, her third consecutive game with 20 or more points. In doing so Iademarco became the first Owl since Jessica Kuster (2013-14) to score 20 or more points in three consecutive games. Iademarco has already made 54 three-pointers this season, the fifth-most by an Owl in a single-season and just six away from the second-most made three-pointers.
From Way Downtown
The Owls have already made a single-season school record 188 three-pointers this year. Rice has made at least 10 three-pointers in a game six times and has four players with 20 or more made three-pointers: Iademarco (54), Hawkins (44), Knight (31), and Rainey (20).
As far as trends go, when the Owls outrebound their opponent and take a halftime lead they are nearly unstoppable. Rice is 12-4 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 54 percent or better in 20 of her 27 starts, including 12 of her 16 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 fifth in C-USA in assists per game (5.0) while also posting the fifth-best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). 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 376 career assists.
The Owls will host C-USA leading WKU on Senior Day, Saturday at 2 p.m. in the regular season home finale. Prior to the game Rice will honor the careers of three seniors: Jasmine Goodwine, Maya Hawkins and Adaeze Obinnah.