Game 7 Notes (at Incarnate Word)
Rice Owls (4-2) at Incarnate Word Cardinals (0-5)
Game 7 • Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 • 1 p.m. (CT)
San Antonio, Texas • McDermott Convocation Center (2,000)
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Series Record: Rice leads, 1-0
Surging Owls Travel to Incarnate Word
Out to their best start through six games (4-2) since the 2011-12 season, the Rice Owls head to San Antonio this weekend to face the Incarnate Word Cardinals (0-5) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The two teams have met only once before, a 72-57 victory by the Owls at Tudor Fieldhouse back in 2014. Rice has won three of their last four games overall this season while the Cardinals are still in search of their first victory of the season.
Last Time Out
The Owls defeated Sam Houston St. 77-51 on Tuesday to improve to 3-0 at home, marking the first time Rice had begun a season 3-0 at Tudor Fieldhouse since the 2007-08 campaign. Seven Owls scored eight or more points in the win, led by 11 points from senior forward Jasmine Goodwine and 10 points from junior guard Wendy Knight. All 12 active players for the Owls registered points in the victory. The Owls outscored the Bearkats in points in the paint (38-22), points off turnovers (24-9), second chance points (14-10) and bench scoring (37-25).
Hawkins Moving Up the Charts
Senior guard Maya Hawkins (271 career assists) has moved into the Rice top 10 in career assists this season and is now just 24 assists shy of tying Jessica Garcia (295 assists, 1993-97) for ninth place all-time. The Mansfield, Texas native currently ranks first in C-USA in assists per game (5.0) and is 55th in the nation. Hawkins also now ranks sixth in Rice history in career made three-pointers (115) and is eight away from tying Jenny Cafferty for fifth place (123, 1997-00).
Goodwine Chasing History
Senior forward Jasmine Goodwine enters play Saturday with 916 career points, just 84 points away from becoming the 16th player in Rice history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. The Killeen, Texas native is averaging 10.5 points per game this season.
Incarnate Word Scouting Report
The Cardinals are led by first-year head coach Christy Smith, who takes over a program that is entering its fourth and final year of the transition process from NCAA Division II to Division I. Senior forward Celia Garcia-Paunero leads the Cardinals in scoring (13.4 ppg) and has posted 17 or more points three times this season. She also averages 10.0 rebounds per contest, second-best in the Southland. As a team the Cardinals are averaging just 47.8 points per contest, second to last among all Southland schools.
Following Saturday’s contest the Owls won’t play a game for seven days before returning to action on Dec. 11 at Texas Southern.