Women's Basketball Faces Crosstown HBU on Saturday

Nov. 19, 2016

Game 3 Notes (at Houston Baptist)

Rice Owls (1-1) at Houston Baptist Huskies (0-2)

Game 3 • Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Sharp Gym (1,000)
Video Stream: None
Live Stats: Sidearm 
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball@HBUWBB
Series Record: Rice leads, 2-0

Owls Face Crosstown Houston Baptist
The Owls return to the city of Houston to travel across down and play the Houston Baptist Huskies Saturday afternoon in the first meeting between the two schools since 2011. Rice leads the all-time series against the Huskies 2-0, including a 75-42 triumph in the last meeting in 2011.

Rice is 1-1 on the young season and is coming off a 66-55 loss at LSU on Wednesday. HBU (0-2) has faced two Top-10 opponents to begin the season in No. 2 Baylor and No. 6 Texas. Saturday will be the Huskies home opener.

Last Time Out
Rice stood tough on the road against SEC foe LSU but couldn’t get over the hump in a 66-55 loss at the Maravich Center on Wednesday. Junior guard Shani Rainey led the Owls in scoring for a second straight game with 21 points. LSU outshot Rice from the field 48 percent-39 percent and used a 17-4 run towards the end of the first half to open up an advantage they would never relinquish.

Rainey on a Roll
Junior guard Shani Rainey scored 20+ points for a second straight game to start the season with her 21-point effort Wednesday at LSU. That performance came on the heels of a 20-point game in a win over Prairie View A&M in the season opener. It marked the first time in the Fairview, Texas native’s career that she went for 20+ points in consecutive games.

Rainey currently ranks fourth in C-USA in scoring (20.5 ppg) and is second in the league in field goal percentage (.682). In addition, Rainey has also been the Owls’ leading rebounder (7.5 rpg) and ranks 16th in C-USA.

HBU Scouting Report
The Huskies have dropped their first two contests to start the season, falling 118-43 at Baylor and a 98-46 setback at Texas. Sophomore guard Amanda Johnson leads HBU in scoring (10.0 ppg), and has made 6-of-16 from behind the arc. Freshman guard Sophie Taylor is close behind at 7.5 ppg and 7.0 assists per contest.

What’s Next
After Saturday’s tilt at HBU the Owls will return home for their second game at Tudor Fieldhouse this season on Tuesday against Grand Canyon (7 p.m.). The Owls will then return to the road for a Nov. 26 game at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.






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