Rice Owls (8-2, 0-0 C-USA) at Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers (2-8, 0-0 SWAC)
Game 11 • Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Prairie View, Texas • William Nicks Building
Video Stream: PVPanthers.com
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball
Series Record: Rice leads, 13-3
Owls Play Final Road Game of Non-Conference Season
The Rice Owls, winners of three straight, will play their final road game of the non-conference season this Thursday when they take on the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers (2 p.m.). Rice is 4-2 on the road this season while Prairie View A&M is 2-0 on their home court. The Owls lead the all-time series over the Lady Panthers, 13-3, and have won four straight meetings. A win on Thursday for the Owls would match last year’s 9-2 start to the season.
Last Time Out
Junior Nicole Iademarco scored a game-high 21 points and redshirt sophomore Erica Ogwumike added an additional 20 points to help lead the Owls to a 67-56 victory at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday evening. Rice won their third straight game overall in large part because of the long ball, making 12-of-30 (40 percent) attempts from beyond the arc. The Owls outrebounded the Islanders 38-30, including a 12-9 advantage on the offensive boards.
Raining in Three-Pointers
The Owls lead all of C-USA in three-point field goals made per game (9.0-23rd in NCAA) and lead the league in total three-pointers made (90-35th in NCAA). The Owls are also second in C-USA in three-point percentage (.385). Junior Nicole Iademarco is sixth in C-USA in three-point makes per game (2.5) and three-point field goal percentage (37.9) and has made at least one three-pointer in each of the Owls first 10 games. Five Owls have made 10 or more three-pointers this season.
Prairie View A&M Scouting Report
The Lady Panthers have dropped eight straight games entering play on Thursday, including a 71-59 decision at Colorado State on Monday. Prairie View will be playing their first home game since Nov. 14 versus Arlington Baptist. Shala Dobbins leads the Lady Panthers in scoring (20.5 ppg). The Lady Panthers were picked to finish sixth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Keep ‘Em Below 70
With their 67-56 win on Monday, the Owls improved to 7-0 this season when they allow their opponents to score 70 points or less. The Owls rank fourth in C-USA in scoring defense, surrendering just 58.8 points per game. In Rice’s victories, they’re allowing just 54.2 points and have not allowed an opponent to reach 60 points in a victory in six straight games.
Rice will have eight days off before returning to action on Dec. 30 in a home game against Columbia at 2 p.m., the final non-conference action of the season for the Owls.