by Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rice Owls (19-8, 9-6 C-USA) vs. North Texas Mean Green (15-12, 6-9 C-USA)
Game 28 • Saturday, March 3, 2018 • 4:30 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: Rice leads, 7-4
Rice Game Notes
Rematch Versus North Texas on Senior Day
The Owls wrap up the 2017-18 regular season on Saturday when they host the North Texas Mean Green at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN3. Rice enters Saturday in fifth place in the C-USA standings while the Mean Green are currently seeded 11th in the C-USA Championship tournament. Rice defeated the Mean Green in a thrilling 50-49 victory in the C-USA opener back on Jan. 5 in Denton, using a pair of Erica Ogwumike free throws in the final second. The Owls lead the all-time series over NT, 7-4.
Last Time Out
Rice saw its school record 15-game home winning streak come to a close Thursday evening, falling 70-62 to the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters. The Owls lost at Tudor Fieldhouse for the first time since they suffered an 80-75 loss to WKU on Mar. 4, 2017. Redshirt sophomore guard Erica Ogwumike scored a team-high 22 points in the loss, while tying a season-high with four made three-pointers, along with a team-high nine rebounds. Junior Nicole Iademarco scored 19 points in 39 minutes and made two of the Owls’ eight made three-pointers.
North Texas Scouting Report
The Mean Green have lost two straight games coming into play on Saturday, including a 69-51 home loss to C-USA leading UAB on Thursday. Junior guard Terriell Bradley ranks third in C-USA in scoring (19.3 ppg) and is second in the league in free throws made. The Mean Green average just 61.6 points per game but have the number one scoring defense (54.8 ppg). North Texas is 4-6 on the road this season but has won three straight away from The Super Pit.
A Knight to Remember
The Owls will honor guard Wendy Knight during a special pregame ceremony for Senior Day. The San Antonio, Texas native is tied with Nicole Iademarco for the sixth-most made three-pointers (136) in program history. In 121 career games she’s made 91 starts while scoring 820 total points. This season she leads the Owls in total minutes (919), minutes per game (34.0) and field goal percentage (50.0).
The Owls have already secured a spot in the C-USA Championship tournament next weekend, which will be hosted at the Dallas Cowboys practice facility (Ford Center at The Star). The top 12 teams qualify for the single-elimination tournament with the top four teams as seeded by regular season standings receiving a bye. The winner will gain the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.