Game 8 Notes (at Texas Southern)
Rice Owls (5-2) at Texas Southern Lady Tigers (5-2)
Game 8 • Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • H&PE Arena
Video Stream: None
Live Stats: tsusports.com
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball | @TXSOTigers
Series Record: Rice leads, 9-8
Owls to Face Crosstown Lady Tigers
Winners of four of their last five games and out to their best start since the 2007-08 season, the Rice Owls women’s basketball team returns from a seven day layoff for final exams to face the Texas Southern Lady Tigers Sunday afternoon. A win on Sunday would give the Owls their best eight-game start (6-2) since the 2000-01 season. Rice is 2-2 on the road this year while TSU will be making their home debut. Rice leads the all-time series against TSU, 9-8.
Last Time Out
Behind a stingy defense and placing three players in double-figure scoring, the Owls improved to 5-2 on the season with a 60-43 victory over Incarnate Word last Saturday afternoon at the McDermott Convocation Center. The Owls were led in scoring by junior guard Shani Rainey, who poured in a game-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting and made all four free throw attempts. It marked the ninth time in Rainey’s career that she accumulated at least 20 points, four of which occasions have occurred over the first seven games this season.
Texas Southern Scouting Report
TSU (5-2) has also won four of their previous five contests, including a 50-34 victory at Houston Baptist in their last outing. Sophomores Joyce Kennerson and Artavia Ford lead the Lady Tigers in scoring at 13.4 points per game apiece. Ford leads the SWAC in FG percentage (.522). TSU is limiting their opponents to just 57.4 points and have outscored their opponents by 32 points in the first quarter this season. The Lady Tigers are the top-ranked rebounding team in the SWAC, outrebounding their opponents by +6.6 boards per game.
Hawkins Moving Up the Charts
Senior guard Maya Hawkins (277 career assists) has moved into the Rice top 10 in career assists this season and is now just 18 assists shy of tying Jessica Garcia (295 assists, 1993-97) for ninth place all-time. The Mansfield, Texas native currently ranks second in C-USA in assists per game (5.1) and is 48th in the nation. Hawkins also now ranks sixth in Rice history in career made three-pointers (116) and is seven makes away from tying Jenny Cafferty for fifth place (123, 1997-00).
Goodwine Chasing History
Senior forward Jasmine Goodwine enters play Saturday with 920 career points, just 80 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.
The Owls return to Tudor Fieldhouse to face the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Thursday, Dec. 15 (7 p.m.).