Owls Face UTSA in Opening Round of C-USA Tournament Wednesday
Tip-off scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Postseason Guide (vs. UTSA Roadrunners)
C-USA Championship Central | C-USA 2017 Women's Bracket
No. 10 Rice Owls (17-12, 8-10 C-USA) vs. No. 7 UTSA Roadrunners (14-15, 10-8 C-USA)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 • 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Birmingham, Alabama • Bartow Arena (8,500)
Tickets: All Session
Campus Insiders (free): Web Stream
(Announcers: Curt Bloom (PXP), Holly Berry (Analyst)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball | @UTSAWBB
Series Record: UTSA leads, 9-6
NEWS & NOTES
Owls Earn 10th Seed at C-USA Tournament, Face UTSA
The 10th seeded Rice Owls women’s basketball team will open up the C-USA Championship with an opening round matchup against the 7th seeded UTSA Roadrunners on Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. (CT). This will be the second meeting of the season between the two schools with Rice winning a dramatic comeback (66-61) earlier this year back on Feb. 16 in San Antonio. The Roadrunners lead the all-time series over the Owls, 9-6. Wednesday will be the first meeting between the two teams in postseason play.
How to Watch
Wednesday’s game will be streamed courtesy of Campus Insiders at campusinsiders.com. Curt Bloom (PXP) and Holly Berry will serve as announcers. Should the Owls advance to the quarterfinals vs. No. 2 Middle Tennessee, that game would also be streamed by Campus Insiders and through Twitter as well. Following the quarterfinals, the remainder of the C-USA Tournament will be produced by the American Sports Network (Semifinals) and CBS Sports Network (Finals).
Last Time Out
The Owls dropped an 80-75 decision to the C-USA regular season champion WKU Lady Toppers Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice placed four players in double-figure scoring in the loss, led by a team-high 19 points from senior guard Maya Hawkins. The Mansfield, Texas native made 7-of-16 shots from the floor and connected on three made three-pointers. Hawkins’ senior teammate Jasmine Goodwine poured in 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting and scored a team-best 12 of the points in the second half.
Rice at the C-USA Tournament
The Owls are 7-11 all-time at the C-USA Tournament, but last season in head coach Tina Langley’s first year at the helm Rice broke through with a second round overtime victory over Louisiana Tech to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2012. Rice is 4-5 all-time in the opening round of the C-USA Tournament.
Goodwine Named to C-USA Second Team
Rice senior forward Jasmine Goodwine was selected to her first All-Conference USA Team, the league office announced last Sunday afternoon. Goodwine, from Killeen, Texas, was tabbed to the All-Conference USA Second Team as voted on by the league’s coaches and select media. In 22 games, Goodwine ranked 23rd in the league in scoring (12.0 ppg) and raised her game to a higher level during C-USA play by averaging a team-best 14.2 points per game on 50 percent shooting. Goodwine scored 10 or more points in 16 games this season, including a career-high 28 points at UAB on Jan. 8 in which she became the 16th player in Rice history to surpass 1,000 career points.
Hawkins Chasing History
Rice senior guard Maya Hawkins will enter Wednesday’s game needing just one more made three-pointer to become the Owls’ all-time leader in career made three-pointers. Hawkins, who has made 150 career three-pointers, tied Tara Watts (2007-10) last Saturday for the most made three-pointers in school history.
Eye on the Mark
Rice redshirt sophomore Nicole 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 last Thursday. Since joining the starting lineup on Jan. 21, Iademarco has averaged a team-best 17.1 points while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from beyond the arc. Last Saturday Iademarco has made 59 three-pointers this season, tied for the second-most in a single-season in Rice history. During her 12 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.
UTSA Scouting Report
The Roadrunners are coming off a big road victory at Old Dominion last Saturday and have won three of their last four overall. Loryn Goodwin and Tesha Smith earned spots on C-USA All-Conference First and Second Teams, respectively. Goodwin leads the team with a 17.8 points per game and she ranks among the best in the circuit in rebounding (5.7/20th), assists (4.4/9th), steals (3.1/2nd), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6/9th) and minutes played (36.4/3rd).