Game 1 Notes (Prairie View A&M)
Rice Owls (0-0) vs. Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers (0-0)
Game 1 • Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Video Stream: CUSAtv
Live Stats: RiceOwls.com (GameTracker)
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Series Record: Rice leads, 12-3
Owls Host Lady Panthers in Season Opener
Year two of the Tina Langley era begins Friday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse when the Owls host the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers in the 2016-17 season opener. Friday’s game will mark the sixth time that Rice will open the season against Prairie View, going 4-1 in the previous five matchups. The Owls are 12-3 all-time against the Lady Panthers and have won three straight in the series. Friday’s game will be streamed via the CUSAtv.
Rice in Season Openers
Rice holds an impressive 29-9 all-time record in season openers dating back to 1978-79, the first year of data. The Owls have won four of their last six opening games overall.
Look Who’s Back
The Owls return four starters (Maya Hawkins, Wendy Knight, Shani Rainey, Jasmine Goodwine) and 10 returners overall. In addition to three true freshmen (Tayler Bennett, Kendall Ellig, Gabby Ozoude) the Owls also welcome back redshirt sophomore Nicole Iademarco and redshirt freshman Jazz Taylor. Rice also landed sister transfers Erica and Olivia Ogwumike via Pepperdine, and will sit out the 2016-17 campaign. Of the 13 eligible players on the Owls roster, eight are underclassmen.
Prairie View A&M Scouting Report
The Lady Panthers were picked to finish fifth in the SWAC Preseason Poll following a 13-15 season last year that ended in the opening round of the SWAC Tournament. Senior guard Alexus Parker returns as the team’s leading scorer (10.1 ppg) and rebounder (6.0 rpg).
Taking A Look Back
In year of setting a foundation and building a new culture, the Owls advanced to the quarterfinals of the C-USA Championship last season for the first time in four years. Rice was an impressive 4-1 in overtime contests, which included the 72-67 first round win over Louisiana Tech in the C-USA Championship.
Launching the Long Ball
The Owls connected on 164 three-pointers last season, the third-most in a single-season in school history. Only the 2010-11 Owls (171 makes) and 2009-10 squad (165 makes) made more three-pointers than last year’s team. Maya Hawkins was responsible for 50 three-point makes, tied for the 7th-most in a single-season in school history.
Owls Ink Chrisman, Wiggins on Signing Day
Rice women’s basketball head coach Tina Langley announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Alexah Chrisman (Lawrenceburg, IN/McAuley High School) and Sydne Wiggins (Marietta, GA/Harrison High School) are set to enroll and join the Owls in 2017-18.
Chrisman averaged 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks for the McAuley Mohawks as a junior, earning honorable mention all-district honors. In addition to earning all-district honors all three seasons, Chrisman has also been an All-GGCL performer each year. Chrisman played AAU for the Cincinnati Angels and helped guide her team to the Adidas Three-Stripe National Division Championship this past summer. Away from the court, Chrisman is a member of the National Honors Society.
Wiggins ranked as the No. 30 shooting guard in the nation by ESPN, Wiggins averaged 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game as a junior. In three seasons at Harrison HS, Wiggins has a career average of 16.0 points (1,316 total points), 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.0 steals per game. Last season Wiggins earned several accolades, including First Team All-Region, AJC First Team All-Metro and Second Team All-State honors. Wiggins played AAU for Team Elite and led her team to the championship at Nike Nationals in Augusta, Ga.
Following Friday’s game the Owls will hit the road for a pair of games, beginning next Wednesday, Nov. 16 at LSU (7 p.m.). That contest will be streamed on the SEC Network+ (WatchESPN app). The Owls will then travel across town to play Houston Baptist on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.