Game 29 Notes (vs. WKU)
Rice Owls (17-11, 8-9) vs. WKU Lady Toppers (23-6, 15-2)
Game 29 • Saturday, March 4, 2017 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
Buy Tickets: RiceOwls.com
Video Stream: CUSAtv ($)
Audio Stream: Nick Strong (PXP)
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Series Record: WKU leads, 2-0
SENIOR DAY - Arrive early as the Owls recognize Jasmine Goodwine, Maya Hawkins and Adaeze Obinnah in their final home game at Tudor Fieldhouse in a pre-game ceremony.
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News & Notes
Owls Host C-USA Leading WKU on Senior Day
The Rice Owls (17-11, 8-9) welcome the C-USA leading WKU Lady Toppers to Tudor Fieldhouse on Saturday in the regular season finale and Senior Day. Rice is coming off an 84-74 victory over Marshall on Thursday and has won five of seven overall, including four straight at home. A victory on Saturday would give the Owls their 11th season of 18 or more victories and the first since 2010-11. WKU is in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, which includes four straight victories on the road. The Lady Toppers locked up the No. 1 seed at the C-USA Tournament on Thursday while the Owls enter the game as the eighth seed. Rice trails the all-time series vs. the Lady Toppers, 2-0.
Last Time Out
Redshirt sophomore guard Nicole Iademarco scored over 20 points for the fourth straight game, and the Owls women’s basketball team used a 31-point outburst in the third quarter to surge to an 84-74 win over Marshall on Thursday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls shot 8-of-18 behind the three-point arc and saw four players score in double digits in their first home game since February 11th. Iademarco led all players with 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Junior guard Shani Rainey pitched in 19 points, shooting an impressive 70 percent on the night (7-of-10), and senior forward Jasmine Goodwine added 13 in her first game back in action since January 28th.
WKU Scouting Report
The Lady Toppers are led by senior guard Kendall Noble, who is the only player in Division I averaging at least 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Noble has either scored or assisted on 37.3 percent of WKU’s points this season, a number that increases to 42.8 percent during league play. The Lady Toppers lead all C-USA teams in scoring (75.4 ppg) and commit the fewest turnovers in the league (11.3). WKU also has the best free throw shooting percentage (76.7 percent) in the league and the best assist to turnover ratio (1.29).
Eye on the Mark, Yo
Iademarco has found her groove during C-USA play and became one of just a handful of Owls to ever score 20 or more points in four consecutive games on Thursday. Since joining the starting lineup on Jan. 21, Iademarco has averaged a team-best 17.4 points while shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from beyond the arc. On Thursday Iademarco drained four more three-pointers, bringing her season total to 58 for the season, the third-most in a single-season in Rice history and just one away from Jessica Garcia (59; 1996-97) for second. During her 11 starts during league play, Iademarco has scored in double-figures in all one but one contest and has made at least one three-pointer in every game.
Rice senior Jasmine Goodwine made her return to the court on Thursday after missing the previous seven games due to injury. The senior forward scored 13 points in 28 minutes while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out a season-high four assists. Goodwine is 11th all-time on the Rice scoring list (1,102 points) and will be one of three seniors honored on Saturday.
From Way Downtown
The Owls have already made a single-season school record 196 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 (58), Hawkins (45), Knight (33), 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 14-1 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.
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 (4.9) 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 (147 career made three-pointers) is just four three-point makes away from becoming the all-time leader in school history. She also ranks seventh in Rice history with 379 career assists.
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