Owls Clash with Grand Canyon Tuesday at Tudor Fieldhouse

Nov. 21, 2016

Game 4 Notes (vs. Grand Canyon Lopes)

Rice Owls (2-1) vs. Grand Canyon Lopes (1-1)

Game 4 • Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: First Meeting

Owls Return Home to Face Grand Canyon
After starting the non-conference season 2-1, the Owls return home to the friendly confines of Tudor Fieldhouse to host the Grand Canyon Lopes for the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Rice is coming off a 79-53 victory at Houston Baptist on Saturday in a contest in which the Owls never trailed. GCU lost their previous game, 90-47, at Duke last Thursday. Rice won their home opener 68-57 vs. Prairie View A&M on Nov. 11

Last Time Out
The Owls led from start to finish in a convincing 79-53 victory at Houston Baptist last Saturday afternoon at Sharp Gym. Rice used a balanced offensive attack to record their first road win of the season and improve to 3-0 all-time against the Huskies (0-3). Four Owls scored in double-figures on the afternoon, including a team-high 13 points from junior guard Wendy Knight, who made 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc. The Owls made 11 three-pointers as a team and shot 42 percent from long distance. Joining Knight in double-figure scoring was senior guard Maya Hawkins (12), freshman forward Kendall Ellig (12) and senior forward Jasmine Goodwine (10).  

GCU Scouting Report
Grand Canyon was picked to finish third in the WAC Preseason Poll after going 16-15,  8-6 last year. Redshirt junior guard Jessica Gajewski was selected to the Preseason All-WAC team after averaging nearly 13 points per game last year. This season the Lopes are making 35 percent of their three-point attempts and are averaging 9.4 trifectas a game.  Redshirt senior center Marina Laramie leads the Lopes in scoring and rebounding this season with averages of 16.0 (ppg) and 9.5 (rpg).  

Ellig Providing Boost off Bench
Freshman forward Kendall Ellig (Flower Mound) has been superb in her brief time with the Owls, averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Ellig has scored in double-figures in each of her first two games as a true freshman, including a 12-point/8-rebound performance at HBU on Saturday.

Rainey on a Roll
Junior guard Shani Rainey lead the Owls in scoring through three games this season, averaging 16.3 points per contest. The Fairfield, Texas native ranks 11th in C-USA in scoring and is second in the league in field goal percentage (62.1%). Rainey scored 20-plus points in consecutive games for the first time in her career to open the season.   

Lockdown D on the Perimeter
The Owls currently lead all of C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.188) and rank 10th in the nation in that category. Rice has allowed just 6-of-32 makes from beyond the arc.

What’s Next
Following Thanksgiving the Owls hit the road once more when they travel to Stillwater, Okla. to face the Oklahoma St. Cowgirls on Saturday (1 p.m.).






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