Owls Head to McNeese State on Wednesday

Maya Hawkins and the Owls travel to McNeese St. on Wednesday.
Nov. 24, 2015

Game 4 Notes (at McNeese State)

Rice Owls (0-3) at McNeese St. Cowgirls (2-1)
Game 4 • Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 • 12 p.m. (CT)
Lake Charles, La. • Burton Coliseum (8,500)
Live Stats: Sidearm
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball | @McNeeseWBB
Series Record: Rice leads, 6-3 (Won last meeting, 57-55, 12/19/14)

On the Road Again
The Rice Owls make their third appearance away from Tudor Fieldhouse this season on Wednesday when they face the McNeese St. Cowgirls of the Southland Conference in a matinee showdown (12 p.m.). Rice will be looking for their first win of the 2015-16 season and first under new head coach Tina Langley. The Owls will also attempt to snap a 10-game road losing streak, which dates back to last season (Jan. 2 at UTSA). Rice is 6-3 all-time against the Cowgirls, including a 57-55 victory over McNeese St. last season at Tudor Fieldhouse.

Rainey Shines in Loss to Texas
Sophomore Shani Rainey scored a game-high 20 points but a second half surge from the No. 8/11 Texas Longhorns proved to be too much to overcome in a 70-47 loss in the Owls’ home opener last Saturday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Fairview, Texas native finished one point shy of her career-high by making 5-of-8 shots from the field and 8-of-12 at the free throw line in 31 minutes of action. Rainey currently leads the Owls in scoring with 13.3 points per game all while shooting 50 percent from the field.

A Knight to Remember
Sophomore guard Wendy Knight made the first start of her collegiate career against the No. 8 Longhorns and contributed 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block in a career-high 32 minutes of action. The San Antonio, Texas native leads the Owls in made three-pointers (5) and three-point percentage (.500) and has connected on at least one trifecta in each contest.

McNeese State Scouting Report
The Cowgirls have won two of their first three games to start the season, including a 63-57 victory at UT-Arlington last Saturday. Senior guard Jalyn Johnson, who was named the Southland Conference Player of the Week on Monday, leads the Cowgirls in scoring (13.0 ppg). McNeese was picked to finish fourth in the C-USA Preseason Poll and has made four consecutive postseason appearances (2 NCAA, 2 WBI).

Up Next
Following Wednesday's contest the Owls return home to host Harvard on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.





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