Owls Travel to Stephen F. Austin on Saturday

Maya Hawkins and the Owls face Stephen F. Austin Saturday evening in Nacogdoches.
Dec. 18, 2015

Game 9 Notes (at Stephen F. Austin)

Rice Owls (1-7) at Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (4-5)
Game 9 • Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 • 9 p.m. (CT)
Nacogdoches, Texas • William R. Johnson Coliseum
Video Stream: ESPN 3/Watch ESPN app 
Live Stats: SFAJacks.com 
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball | @SFA_WBB
Series Record: Rice leads, 4-3 (Last meeting SFA won 70-59, 12/6/14)

Owls Piney Woods Road Trip Continues to Nacogdoches
The Owls will make their sixth road appearance of the season on Saturday (9 p.m.) when they travel to Nacogdoches to face the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks, marking the fourth game against a Southland Conference foe this season. Saturday’s game will be the Owls’ final road contest until Jan. 14 at WKU, a span of five games. Rice holds a 4-3 all-time advantage over SFA but it was the Ladyjacks who won the last meeting between the two schools with a 70-59 victory last season (Dec. 6) at Tudor Fieldhouse. Saturday’s game will be streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Last Time Out
Rice notched their first win of the season with a 58-46 victory over the Sam Houston State Bearkats Thursday evening at Johnson Coliseum, giving head coach Tina Langley the first win of her collegiate coaching career. Junior guard Maya Hawkins recorded her second consecutive 20-point outing with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a 4-of-5 performance from beyond the arc, and also dished out a season-high six assists. The Owls also got a tremendous performance from their bench, outscoring the Bearkats 25-15.

Stephen F. Austin Scouting Report
The Ladyjacks enter play on Saturday having lost four consecutive games, including an 88-55 setback at TCU in the team’s last game on Dec. 9. SFA is led in scoring by junior guard Taylor Ross (17.3 ppg), who was a Preseason All-Conference selection. Guards Brentney Branch (11.4 ppg) and Taylor Schippers (10.0 ppg) are also averaging double-figures. SFA was picked to finish second in the SLC sports information directors poll.

Hawkins Heating Up
Junior guard Maya Hawkins helped lead the Owls to their first victory of the season Thursday with her second straight 20-point performance. Over her last five games Hawkins is averaging 14.0 points on 50 percent shooting (25-of-50) and is sizzling from beyond the arc, connecting on 44 percent (16-of-36) of her long distance shots. The Mansfield, Texas native ranks fifth amongst all C-USA players in made three-pointers (18).

Bench Shines vs. Bearkats
The Owls’ bench outscored Sam Houston St. 25-15 in Thursday’s win. The trio of Alyssa Lang (7 points), Gabrielle Stanton (8 points), and Lauren Grigsby (7 points) came off the bench to score a combined 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting with Lang pulling down a season and career-high 12 rebounds. Grigsby also dished out six assists and Stanton knocked down two of the Owls’ six made three-pointers.

What’s Next
The Owls return home to Tudor Fieldhouse to host Texas Southern on Monday, Dec. 21 (7 p.m.) in the final game before the team’s six-day break over Christmas.






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