Owls Return From Break To Host McNeese State

Alyssa Lang and the Owls host McNeese St. Friday at 6 p.m.
Dec. 18, 2014

Rice Owls (3-4) vs. McNeese St. Cowgirls (5-4)
Game 8 • Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas 
• Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
Tickets: Single-Game Tickets  Audio: Listen Live (Free) 
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Series Record: Rice leads, 5-3
Last Meeting: McNeese St. won, 65-54 on Nov. 14, 2013

Rice-McNeese St. Game Notes 

Owls Return From Break To Host Cowgirls



After a 12-day layoff, the Rice Owls return to the court on Friday when they host Southland Conference foe McNeese State at 6 p.m. The Owls enter the contest having lost two straight, including a 70-59 loss to SFA prior to the break. McNeese St. has also lost two in a row and are coming off a 76-59 loss at Texas on Wednesday evening. Friday's game marks the second to last non-conference home game for the Owls. 

Last Time Out
Jasmine Goodwine scored 21 points and Reem Moussa scored a career-high 16 points but it wasn't enough to overcome a second half surge by the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks in a 70-59 loss at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls were undone by a season-high 24 turnovers that resulted in 27 points for the Ladyjacks. Rice was outscored 39-27 in the second half after taking a 32-31 lead into the locker room at halftime. 

McNeese State Scouting Report
The Cowgirls will wrap up a three-game road trip with a trip to Tudor Fieldhouse looking to break a two-game losing streak. Junior guard Allison Baggett leads McNeese in scoring averaging 17.7 points per game on 35 percent shooting. Baggett tied her career-high with 31 points in a 66-63 loss to ULM last week and was later named the Southland Conference Player of the Week. The Cowgirls have eight newcomers on this year's squad and were picked to finish fourth in the league. Rice last faced the Cowgirls last season in Lake Charles, when McNeese defeated the Owls 65-54. Rice is 5-3 all-time against the Cowgirls.

Doing It With Defense
Rice currently leads all Southland Conference teams in both defense FG percentage (35%) and defense 3pt. FG percentage (22%). The defense three-point field goal percentage is good enough for 10th in the nation. Rice has allowed 60 points or less five times this season. 

Porter Among 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 seven games Porter is leading all of C-USA in rebounds per game (12.3), 10th in the nation, and is 6th in the country in defensive rebounds per game (8.0). The senior already has five double-figure rebound performances on the year.

Goodwine Leading the Way
Rice sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine has become the go-to weapon on the offensive end, averaging a team-best 13 points while shooting 40 percent from the field. The Killeen, Texas native registered her second 20-point performance of the season last time out with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting and a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line. Goodwine is also fourth in the league in free throw percentage (.844). 

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 third in C-USA in assists per game (4.4) and 82nd in the nation. Moussa is coming off a career-high 16-point performance against SFA.

Looking For Home Cooking
The Owls, who are already 3-2 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.

The Last Meeting
McNeese State65
November 14, 2013
Lake Charles, La.
Cowgirls Hand Owls First Loss of Season
The Rice Owls women's basketball suffered their first loss of the season Thursday evening, falling 65-54 to the McNeese State Cowgirls at Burton Coliseum.



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