By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Game 28 Notes (at Charlotte 49ers)
Rice Owls (8-19, 7-9 C-USA) at Charlotte 49ers (17-10, 10-6 C-USA)
Thursday, March 3, 2016 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Charlotte, NC • Halton Arena (9,105)
Video Stream ($): 49ers.TV
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball | @CharlotteWBB
Series Record: Charlotte leads, 4-0
NEWS & NOTES
Owls Begin Final Road Trip Thursday at Charlotte
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team embarks on their final road trip of the regular season this week with an east coast swing beginning at Charlotte on Thursday, March 3 (6 p.m. CT). Rice is 4-9 on the road this season and has won two straight away from home. Charlotte boasts a 10-2 home record and have won six straight at Halton Arena entering play on Thursday. The 49ers defeated the Owls 69-58 earlier this season at Tudor Fieldhouse on Feb. 11 and own the all-time series over Rice, 4-0.
Last Time Out
Sophomore Shani Rainey poured in a career-high 26 points and junior Maya Hawkins contributed another 25 points to help lead the Owls to an 84-77 victory over the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters last Saturday in the home finale. The Owls won their fourth game in their last five contests and in the process, secured a first round bye at the C-USA Championships, which will now take place for Rice beginning Wednesday, March 9 in Birmingham, Ala. Rainey surpassed her previous career-high of 22 points by making 10-of-13 shots from the field (6-of-8 at the free throw line) while also contributing 6 rebounds and a team-best 5 assists in 37 minutes of action.
Charlotte Scouting Report
The 49ers have climbed to fourth place in Conference USA by winning five of their last six contests, the lone loss coming in their most previous game in double-overtime (94-91) at the regular season champion UTEP Miners. Charlotte presents a balanced scoring attack with five players averaging double-figures, led by senior forward Alexis Alexander (14.9 ppg). The 49ers have the top scoring offense during C-USA play, averaging 74.2 points per game.
With just two games left in the regular season the Owls rank second in team assists during C-USA play, second only to Middle Tennessee (15.4) with 14.4 apg. Junior point guard Maya Hawkins ranks third in individual assists (5.4 apg). The precision passing has helped jumpstart a Rice offense that is also now ranked third in field goal percentage (.435). The Owls shot a season-best 53 percent in the win over LA Tech and have shot 44 percent or better in six of their last seven games.
The Owls closeout the 2015-16 regular season on Saturday when they travel to Old Dominion for their second meeting of the season against the Lady Monarchs. Rice recorded their largest margin of victory this season with a 68-46 win over ODU on Feb. 13 in Houston.