Owls to Host Idaho in WBI Semifinals on Thursday
Tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
WBI Postseason Guide (vs. Idaho)
Tournament Central |WBI Bracket
Rice Owls (20-13, 8-10 C-USA) vs. Idaho Vandals (19-14, 11-7 Big Sky)
Thursday, March 23, 2017 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: Rice leads, 1-0
NEWS & NOTES
Owls To Host Idaho in WBI Semifinals
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team will look to earn a berth to a postseason championship for the first time in 10 years when they host Idaho on Thursday in the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). Rice last played in a postseason title game in 2007 when they lost to ECU in the C-USA Tournament championship. The Owls are 11-5 at home this season and a victory on Thursday would give Rice 12 home victories for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The Vandals are 10-6 on the road this season. Rice and Idaho have met only once before, an 81-35 Owls victory back on Dec. 3, 1994.
Rice Earns 20th Win
With their win last Sunday the Owls (20-13) recorded their first 20-win since 2004-05 and the eighth overall in school history. The Owls are one of five teams in Conference USA with 20 or more wins.
Owls Postseason History
The Owls are making their 11th career appearance in the postseason and the first since 2012. Rice has participated in the WNIT seven times, the NCAA Tournament twice, and now the WBI two times. The Owls are 7-8 all-time in postseason play.
Last Time Out
The Owls advanced to the WBI semifinals with a 73-63 victory over UT Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) last Sunday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse. The win marked the first time the team has won two postseason games in a season since the 1998-99 campaign when Rice defeated Miami and Baylor in the first two rounds of the WNIT. The Owls were led by senior Jasmine Goodwine, who recorded her sixth career double-double with 23 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds. Goodwine backed up a 21-point performance versus Lamar last Thursday by making 9-of-16 shots from the field (4-of-6 at the FT line) along with three assists, two blocks and a steal. Rice sophomore guard Lauren Grigsby more than complimented Goodwine’s effort by scoring a Rice postseason and career-high 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting and a perfect 12-of-12 performance at the free throw line.
Idaho Scouting Report
The Vandals are one of the most prolific three-point shooting teams in the nation, ranking second in the country in three-pointers made (342), third in three-pointers per game (10.4) and fifth in three-point field goal attempts (984). Idaho also makes 79.1 percent at the free throw line, which ranks fourth in the nation. Mikayla Ferenez leads the Vandals in scoring (18.3 ppg) while Geraldine Mccorkell (12.7 ppg) and Taylor Pierce (12.2 ppg) also average double-figure scoring.