Game 9 Notes (vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi)
Rice Owls (6-2) vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (4-4)
Game 9 • Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: Rice leads, 3-2
Promotions: (Hero Night) - Join the Owls in honoring military and first responders throughout the evening.
Owls to Host Islanders Thursday Evening
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team will look to continue their winning ways when they host the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Thursday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice will be attempting to win their fourth game in a row for the first time since the 2012-13 season. The Owls have won five of six overall and will take a perfect 3-0 home record into Thursday’s game against the Islanders. The Islanders are 0-2 on the road thus far and are coming off a 84-55 loss at Texas A&M on Dec. 10. Rice leads the all-time series (3-2) between the two schools.
Last Time Out
Rice ran their win streak to three straight with a 52-49 triumph at Texas Southern Sunday afternoon at H&PE Arena. The Owls returned from a seven-day layoff for final exams by winning their fifth contest in their last six outings for their best eight-game start since the 2000-01 season. Rice forced the Lady Tigers (5-3) into an opponent-high 29 turnovers and limited TSU to 34 percent shooting from the field. Offensively Rice had six players score seven or more points, including a game-high 12 points from senior forward Jasmine Goodwine
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Scouting Report
The Islanders (4-4) were picked to finish 10th in the Southland Conference and return eight letterwinners this season. A&M-Corpus Christi has six players averaging 7.0 or more points, led by Brittany Mbamalu (9.8 ppg), who is coming off a 21-point performance at Texas A&M. Senior guard Camesha Davis leads the Southland with four double-doubles and is second in the league in blocked shots (13). The Islanders rank first in the Southland in three-point FG defense (28.1) and are second in defensive field goal percentage (36.2).
After allowing just 49 points in their win at Texas Southern on Sunday the Owls now have the number one ranked scoring defense (54.3 PPG) in Conference USA, good enough for 28th in the nation. Rice has held its opponents to under 60 points in all six of its wins and hasn’t allowed a team to reach 70 points yet this season. Rice also leads the league in three-point FG defense (24.4), which ranks 15th in the country.
Goodwine Chasing History
Senior forward Jasmine Goodwine enters play Saturday with 932 career points, just 68 points away from becoming the 16th player in Rice history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. The Killeen, Texas native is averaging 9.9 points per game this season.
Hawkins Moving Up the Charts
Senior guard Maya Hawkins (282 career assists) has moved into the Rice top 10 in career assists this season and is now just 13 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 49th 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).
Rice hits the road one final time during the non-conference season with a trip to Monroe, La. to face ULM on Sunday at 2 p.m.