Owls to Square Off Against Cougars Wednesday

Jasmine Goodwine and the Owls travel to Houston on Wednesday.
Dec. 2, 2014

Rice Owls (3-2) at Houston Cougars (2-3)
Game 6 • Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas 
• Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479)
Tickets: Single-Game Tickets  Audio: Listen Live (Free)  
Video Stream ($): Houston All-Access ($)
Live Stats: GameTracker 
• Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball 
Series Record: Houston leads, 50-10
Last Meeting: Houston won, 67-54 on Dec. 3, 2013

Rice-Houston (Game 6 Notes)

News & Notes

Owls Looking For Third Straight Win, Face Houston

Rice (3-2) will go for their third consecutive win on Wednesday when they travel across town to face former Conference USA rival Houston for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Owls will be playing in just their second road contest of the season while the Cougars are returning home from after a pair of games at the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico. Houston leads the all-time series versus Rice, 50-10, which includes a 67-54 victory over the Owls last season (12/20/13) at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls are just 3-23 all-time at Hofheinz Pavilion.    
 
Last Time Out
The Owls allowed the sixth-fewest points in a game in school history with a 61-33 victory over Alcorn State last Saturday. Rice limited the Lady Braves to just 20 percent shooting, the fourth-lowest percentage in program history. The seven points allowed in the first half also matched a school record, tying a mark set on 2/17/00 at San Jose State. Sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine led Rice in scoring for the fourth time this season with 15 points while junior forward Megan Palmer grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds.
 
Cougars Scouting Report
Houston enters play Wednesday having lost three of their last four games, the last of which being an 84-60 setback to RV/No. 23 James Madison. Junior guard Jessieka Palmer leds the Coogs in scoring, averaging 12.6 ppg while junior forward Marche' Amerson averages 10.4 ppg. As a team Houston is averaging just 57.8 ppg while shooting 36 percent from the field. Last season Houston went 6-25 overall and 1-17 in their first season in the American Conference, falling to No. 3 Louisville in the second round of the American Athletics Conference Championships. 

Williams Returns to Hofheinz
Before eventually ending up at Rice, Greg Williams had a very successful tenure as the head coach of the Cougars from 1985-1990. Over five seasons, Williams went 93-51 with a .646 winning percentage, still the highest in Houston history. In Williams' best season, 1987-88, the Coogs went 22-7 overall (12-4 in the SWC-2nd) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. 
 
Doing It With Defense
The Owls are limiting opponent's offenses to just 55.2 ppg on 32 percent shooting, good enough for 40th and 17th rankings nationally, respectively. Rice is also fourth in the nation in three-point field goal defense, allowing just 19 percent shooting from beyond the arc. In each three of the Owls' victories Rice has held their opponents to less than 60 points. 
 
Porter Among the Nation's Best
Owls' senior post Christal Porter bested her career-high 16-rebound performance in the opener vs. Prairie View with 18 rebounds in a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 24. Through five games Porter is leading all of C-USA in rebounds per game (12.0), 11th in the nation, and is 13th in the country in defensive rebounds per game (8.0). The senior already has three double-figure rebounding performances this season.
 
Moussa Dropping Dimes
Senior point guard Reem Moussa established a career-high with 10 assists in the win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 24. Moussa became the first Owl to have 10 or more assists in a single-game since D'Frantz Smart had 11 on Feb. 24, 2011 vs. Tulane. Moussa currently ranks second in C-USA in assists per game (4.6) and 71st in the nation.
The Last Meeting
Houston67
Rice54
December 20, 2013
Tudor Fieldhouse
Cougars Pull Away From Owls in Second Half
Senior forward Jessica Kuster scored a team-high 18 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds but it was not enough to overcome a balanced scoring attack from the Houston Cougars in a 67-54 afternoon home loss at Tudor Fieldhouse on Friday.



 

 

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