Adaeze Obinnah and the Owls host SFA Saturday at 2 p.m.
Dec. 5, 2014
Rice Owls (3-3) vs. Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (4-3)
Game 7 Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: Rice leads, 4-2
Last Meeting: Rice won, 60-41 on Dec. 15, 2013
Rice-SFA (Game 7 Notes)
Owls Welcome Ladyjacks to Tudor Fieldhouse
Rice (3-3) returns to action on Saturday vs. Stephen F. Austin following a heartbreaking 59-58 loss at Houston on Wednesday. The Owls are a perfect 3-0 at home and have beaten their three opponents by an average of 15 points at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice is 4-2 all-time against SFA and won the most recent matchup between the two teams, 60-41, on their home court on Dec. 15, 2012.
Last Time Out
Alexia Sanders connected on a three-pointer at the buzzer of regulation to give the Houston Cougars a 59-58 victory over the Rice Owls Wednesday evening at Hofheinz Pavilion. Rice led 58-56 with four seconds remaining after Owls' freshman Shani Rainey
split a pair at the free throw line. Houston proceeded to call timeout, setting up a final play in which Sanders received a dribble handoff and was left open along the right wing and splashed home the game-winner.
Ladyjacks Scouting Report
Stephen F. Austin (4-3) enters play on Saturday having lost two of their previous three games but are coming off a 90-50 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville on Tuesday. SFA shot a season-high 63.8 percent from the field while outscoring the Javelinas 62-12 in the paint and 39-5 in points off turnovers. The Ladyjacks are led by senior center Porsha Roberts, who is averaging 16.6 ppg and 9.6 rpg, along with sophomore guard Taylor Ross, who leads the Ladyjacks with 18.4 ppg and 5.7 apg. SFA is coming off their 16th Southland Conference championship and were picked as this year's SLC favorite in both the preseason coaches' and SID polls.
Doing It With Defense
The Owls are limiting opponent's offenses to just 55.8 ppg on 33 percent shooting, good enough for 43rd and 31st rankings nationally, respectively. Rice is also 19th in the nation in three-point field goal defense, allowing just 23 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 six games Porter is leading all of C-USA in rebounds per game (12.2), 12th in the nation, and is 12th in the country in defensive rebounds per game (8.0). The senior already has four double-figure rebounding performances this season and is coming off her first double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds) of the season on Wednesday.
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 first in C-USA in assists per game (4.8) and 59th in the nation.
Looking For Home Cooking
The Owls, who are already 3-1 at home this season, are looking to re-establish some home court dominance after struggles at Tudor Fieldhouse last season. The Owls went just 6-8 at home last year, which included a 2-6 mark in C-USA play. Prior to that Rice had gone 38-18 at Tudor since the start of 2009-10 campaign. The Owls play 16 home games this season as opposed to 14 from last year.
A Texas-Themed Schedule
The Owls will face eight non-conference Texas schools this season. In total, the Owls will play 13 of their 28 scheduled games against Texas schools and 23 games played in the state of Texas overall.