Owls Open Five-Game Homestand Monday vs. Texas Southern

Shani Rainey and the Owls return home to host Texas Southern Monday at 7 p.m.
Dec. 20, 2015

Game 10 Notes ( vs. Texas Southern)

Rice Owls (1-8) vs. Texas Southern Lady Tigers (2-6)
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: Rice leads, 9-7 (Last meeting TSU won 69-63, 12/22/14)


Owls Open Five-Game Homestand Monday

After playing six of their first nine game on the road the Rice Owls women’s basketball team begins a stretch of five consecutive home games from Dec. 21-Jan. 10, beginning with the Texas Southern Lady Tigers Monday evening. Rice leads the all-time series against their Houston counterpart but the Lady Tigers won last season’s meeting 69-63 at Texas Southern.

Last Time Out
The Owls were unable to overcome a tough shooting night in a 59-45 loss to the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks Saturday evening at William R. Johnson Coliseum. Rice senior forward Alyssa Lang fell just one point shy of her first career double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench. Lang, who also recorded a career-high four steals, played a big role in helping the Owls bench outscore SFA’s, 19-8. Senior guard Maya Hawkins and sophomore guard Shani Rainey chipped in seven points in the loss. The Owls were held to 28 percent (13-of-46) shooting by the Ladyjacks and were outscored 21-7 in points off turnovers.

Texas Southern Scouting Report
The Lady Tigers (2-6) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 51-43 victory at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday. TSU is averaging 55 points per game while allowing a shade under 70. After missing the first six contests senior guard Brianna Sidney has returned to score in double-figures (15 and 13 points) in each of the Lady Tigers’ last two games.

Lang Providing Boost off the Bench
Rice senior forward Alyssa Lang has posted two of the best games of her career this past week. The Rockwall, Texas native pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds in the Owls’ victory at Sam Houston on Thursday. Lang followed up that performance with 9 points and 11 rebounds Saturday at SFA, just missing her first career double-double. Over the two contests Lang averaged 8 points (54% shooting), 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 63 total minutes.

What’s Next
Rice will have five days off following Monday’s game and will return to action on Dec. 28 when they host Loyola (Chicago) at 7 p.m. in the final non-conference game of the season. The Owls begin C-USA play on New Years Day at Tudor Fieldhouse vs. UTEP.






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