Game 6 Notes (at Baylor)
Rice Owls (0-5) at No. 4/5 Baylor Leady Bears (6-0)
Game 6 • Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2015 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Waco, Texas • The Ferrell Center
Buy Tickets: BaylorTix.com
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
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Series Record: Baylor leads, 20-17 (Rice lost last meeting, 79-46, 11/18/13)
Owls Visit Waco to Face Nationally Ranked Lady Bears
The Owls will face their third Top-25 team this non-conference season when they travel to Waco to face the No. 4/5 Lady Bears on Fox Sports Southwest Plus Wednesday evening. Rice has already faced No. 17/18 Kentucky (L, 72-39) and No. 8/11 Texas (L, 70-47) in the first five games of the season. Baylor leads the all-time series vs. the Owls, 20-17, including a 79-46 win over Rice back on Nov. 18, 2013 in Waco. The last time Rice beat a Top-25 team was Dec. 1, 2006 against No. 10 Texas A&M (W, 79-66).
Last Time Out
Junior Jasmine Goodwine scored an Owls’ season-high 22 points and sophomore Shani Rainey chipped in 13 points, but a 25-16 edge in the fourth quarter by the Harvard Crimson proved to be the difference in a 67-61 loss Saturday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls rallied from a 12-point first quarter deficit to take a 45-42 lead entering the fourth quarter but the Crimson responded with their best offensive quarter of the night, scoring 14 of their 25 points in the paint in the period.
Baylor Scouting Report
The Lady Bears are off to a 6-0 start, including an 84-76 victory over No. 20 Michigan State to win the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas. Baylor ranks third in the nation in defensive field goal percentage (30.2) and is fourth in assists per game (21.8). Junior forward Nina Davis, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, leads the Bears in scoring (17.3 ppg). Through six games Baylor has a win differential of +26.6. Last season the Bears advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the fifth time in the Kim Mulkey era (2001-present).
No Sophomore Slump for Rainey
Fairview, Texas native Shani Rainey has had a breakout sophomore campaign through five contests, averaging a team-best 14.0 points (44 percent shooting) and 6.4 rebounds in 30.8 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 four of five games this season.
Youth is Served
Three of the Owls top five in minutes played this season are of the underclassmen variety (Rainey-30.8, Knight-24.8, Stanton-16.8). Six underclassmen have played 54 percent of the Owls’ minutes this season, including a team-high 154 minutes from Rainey.
The Owls return home to face crosstown rival Houston on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the final game before the finals break. Following the contest against the Cougars, the Owls won’t be back in action until Dec. 17 at Sam Houston State.