Game 11 Notes (vs. Huston-Tillotson)
Rice Owls (8-2) vs. Huston-Tillotson Lady Rams (5-2)
Game 11 • Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 • 5 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: First Meeting
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News & Notes
Owls Conclude Non-Conference Season vs. Huston-Tillotson
Rice (8-2) will be looking to run their win streak to six straight games when they host the Huston-Tillotson Lady Rams (5-2) on Wednesday to conclude their non-conference season. The Owls are a perfect 4-0 at Tudor Fieldhouse this season and have won seven of their last eight games overall. Wednesday will be the first-ever meeting against Huston-Tillotson, members of NAIA’s Red River Conference.
Last Time Out
The Owls won their fifth straight game with a dominate 93-50 victory Sunday afternoon at ULM, capturing the team’s best 10-game start (8-2) since the 1988-89 season. Rice set a season-high and tied a school record for most three-point makes (12) in a single game, tying the mark set in 2000 in a game against Iona. Rice also set season-highs in points (93), made field goals (39), field goal percentage (.609) and assists (29). Redshirt sophomore Nicole Iademarco was sensational off the bench for the Owls, setting a season-high with a game-high 20 points off the bench in 20 minutes.
A Win Wednesday Would...
*Give the Owls their first six-game win streak since the 2012-13 season.
*Give Rice their best 11-game start since the 1988-89 season (10-1).
*Match the Owls entire win total from the 2015-16 season.
Huston-Tillotson Scouting Report
The Lady Rams are coming off a 95-69 loss to Wiley College on Dec. 17 and are 3-1 in conference play. Senior wing Deandra Rajean leads the team in scoring (23.1 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg), steals (2.57 spg) and blocks (2.14 bpg).
After allowing just 50 points in their win over the Warhawks, the Owls now have the number one ranked scoring defense (52.0 PPG) in Conference USA, good enough for 14th in the nation. Rice has held its opponents to under 60 points in all eight 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 (24.8), which ranks 16th in the country.
Goodwine Chasing History
Senior forward Jasmine Goodwine enters play Saturday with 951 career points, just 49 points away from becoming the 16th player in Rice history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. The Killeen, Texas native is averaging 9.8 points per game this season.
Hawkins Moving Up the Charts
With her season-high nine assists versus ULM, senior guard Maya Hawkins moved into ninth place on the Rice all-time assists (296) list, surpassing former Owl Jessica Garcia (295 assists, 1993-97). The Mansfield, Texas native currently ranks second in C-USA in assists per game (5.5) and is 34th in the nation. Hawkins also ranks sixth in Rice history in career made three-pointers (117) and is six makes away from tying Jenny Cafferty for fifth place (123, 1997-00).
The Owls begin Conference USA play when they host Old Dominion on Dec. 30 (5 p.m.) from Tudor Fieldhouse.