Owls Shoot for Fifth Straight Win Sunday at ULM

Dec. 17, 2016

Game 10 Notes (at ULM)

Rice Owls (7-2) at ULM Warhawks (2-7)
Game 10 • Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Monroe, La. • Fant Ewing Coliseum
Video Stream: Warhawks All-Access ($)
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball | @ULM_WBB
Series Record: ULM leads, 1-0

Sizzling Owls Head to ULM
The Rice Owls, out to their best start since the 1997-98 season, will look to push their win streak to five straight for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign when they travel to ULM on Sunday (2 p.m.). Rice (7-2) is tied with Southern Miss for the best non-conference record in C-USA. The Owls have won four straight and six of their last seven overall and carry a 3-2 road record into Fant Ewing Coliseum on Sunday. The Warhawks have lost four straight and have a 2-3 record at home. ULM has won the only ever meeting with the Owls, a 55-46 win back in 2010.

Last Time Out
Rice won their fourth consecutive game with a convincing 70-36 victory over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Thursday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse. The 36 points allowed were the lowest by a Rice opponent this season, pushing the league’s-leading scoring defense down to 52.2 points per game. The Owls limited the Islanders (4-5) to just 13 second half points, the fewest by a Rice team since the 1992 season. Rice limited A&M-Corpus to just 30 percent shooting from the field and had a 21-10 advantage in points off turnovers. Offensively the Owls had three players score in double-figures, led by a season-high 13 points off the bench from redshirt sophomore Nicole Iademarco.

ULM Scouting Report
The Warhawks (2-7) are coming off a 78-52 home loss to McNeese State from Tuesday. ULM is led in scoring by Gabriella Cortez (11.6 ppg) and Andreanna Jackson (11.1 ppg). Senior forward Stephanie Ratliff leads the Sun Belt in blocked shots (23), double-doubles (4), rebounds (87) and rebounds per game (9.7). As a team the Warhawks average just 57.8 points per game while allowing 71.0 points per contest.

Dazzling Defense
After allowing just 36 points in their win over the Islanders, the Owls now have the number one ranked scoring defense (52.2 PPG) in Conference USA, good enough for 13th in the nation. Rice has held its opponents to under 60 points in all seven 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 (23.6), which ranks 9th in the country.





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