Game 5 Notes ( vs. Harvard)
Rice Owls (0-4) vs. Harvard Crimson (3-2)
Game 5 • Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: Tied, 1-1 (Last meeting Harvard won 75-74, 12/3/87)
Owls Welcome in Harvard
The Rice women’s basketball team will host the Harvard Crimson on Saturday evening in the Owls’ second home game this season. Rice enters with an 0-4 record while Harvard is 3-2 on the season and winners of two straight. This will be the third-ever meeting between the two schools with the all-time series tied 1-1. The last time the two schools met was on Dec. 3, 1986 with Harvard winning 75-74.
No Sophomore Slump for Rainey
Fairview, Texas native Shani Rainey has had a breakout sophomore campaign through four contests, averaging a team-best 14.3 points (45 percent shooting) and 6.3 rebounds in 30 minutes per game. Rainey has more than doubled her points per game from last season (6.4 ppg) and has scored in double-figures in three of four games this season. Rainey is coming off a 17-point, 11-rebound performance at McNeese State, the first double-double of her collegiate career.
Last Time Out
The Owls cut a 13-point fourth quarter deficit down to five points with a little over a minute remaining but were unable to finish the rally in a 61-53 loss at McNeese State on Wednesday. Rice outshot (32-30 percent) the Cowgirls and had more second chance points (16-10). Junior guard Maya Hawkins also scored a season-high 12 points by making four three-pointers. The Owls committed a season-high 29 turnovers that resulted in a 25-5 points off turnovers advantage for the Cowgirls.
Youth is Served
Three of the Owls top five in minutes played this season are of the underclassmen variety (Rainey-30.3, Knight-23.8, Grigsby-17.3). Six underclassmen have played 54 percent of the Owls’ minutes this season, including a team-high 121 minutes from Rainey.
Harvard Scouting Report
Harvard was picked to finish third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. The Crimson returns two starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s squad, including seniors Shilpa Tummala and AnnMarie Healy. The two are both averaging 15 points per game apiece and Tummala is coming off a 17-poin, 14-rebound performance vs. Boston University on Tuesday.