Owls Host Sam Houston St. Tuesday at Tudor Fieldhouse

Nov. 28, 2016

Game 6 Notes (vs. Sam Houston St. Bearkats)

Rice Owls (3-2) vs. Sam Houston St. Bearkats (0-6)
Game 6 • Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: Rice leads 17-7

Owls Face Bearkats Tuesday Evening
Rice (3-2) returns home to host Sam Houston St. (0-6) Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Owls third home contest of the non-conference season. The Owls have won two of their last three games overall and are 2-0 at Tudor Fieldhouse while the Bearkats are still searching for their first victory of the 2016-17 season. Rice holds a 17-7 all-time advantage over Sam Houston, including head coach Tina Langley’s first career victory at Rice last season (58-46, Dec. 17, 2015).  

Last Time Out
The Owls stood tough on the road but a second half surge by the Oklahoma State Cowgirls proved too much to overcome in a 65-51 loss Saturday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Rice was led in scoring by senior guard Maya Hawkins (14) and sophomore forward Lexie Ducat (10 points). The Owls outscored OSU (6-0) in points off turnovers (20-7) but the Cowgirls took advantage of Rice in points in the paint (26-10) and second chance points (22-13). OSU ran their non-conference home win streak to 53 straight wins, the second-longest active streak in the country.   

Sam Houston St. Scouting Report
The Bearkats are led in scoring by senior center Jasmine McCants (8.7 ppg), who also leads the team in rebounding (6.7 rpg). Among Southland Conference competitors, the Bearkats rank first in total rebounds (264) and are second in rebounding margin (+6.0). Sam Houston is averaging just 45.3 points per game , second to last in the nation.

OK, Ducat
Sophomore post Lexie Ducat has given the Owls a boost down low in her last two games, averaging 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting a sizzling 69 percent from the field in 32.0 minutes per game. Ducat made all five of her shots from the field at Oklahoma St. and has scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for the first time in her career.

Perimeter Lockdown
The Owls currently lead all of C-USA in defensive three-point field goal percentage (.216) and rank 10th in the nation in that category. Rice has allowed just 16-of-74 makes from beyond the arc. Rice also ranks second among all C-USA teams in scoring defense (58.2 ppg) and have not allowed an opponent to score more than 66 points in a game yet.

What’s Next
Rice returns to the road for a contest at Incarnate Word on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.





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