Women's Basketball Hosts Lamar Sunday

Megan Palmer and the Owls host Lamar Sunday at 2 p.m.
Dec. 27, 2014

Rice vs. Lamar Notes (Game 10)

Rice Owls (4-5) vs. Lamar Lady Cardinals (3-7)
Game 10 • Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball 
Series Record: Lamar leads, 22-7
Last Meeting: Rice won, 67-64 on Dec. 29, 2013

Owls Host Lamar In Non-Conference Home Finale
The Rice Owls women's basketball team returns from the Christmas break to close out their home, non-conference portion of the schedule by hosting the Lamar Lady Cardinals Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice is 4-2 this season at home and has won three of their last four at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls enter play on Sunday having lost three of their previous four games, losing by an average of just six points in the three losses. The Lady Cardinals will be playing their first game since a 93-42 win over Ohio Valley University on Dec. 16. Lamar leads the all-time series over Rice 22-7 but the Owls have won the last two meetings.

Last Time Out
Three Owls scored in double-figures, including a season-high 18 points by Christal Porter, but it was not enough to overcome a second half comeback by the Texas Southern Lady Tigers in a 69-63 loss on Monday. Rice was outscored 42-26 in the second half after leading 37-27 at halftime and dropped their fourth game of the season when leading at the half. After shooting 45 percent in the opening half the Owls' percentage dropped to 37 percent in the second. TSU got a game-high 22 points from junior guard Diamonisha Sophus and Alexus Johnson totaled 17 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double.



Lamar Scouting Report
The Lady Cardinals began the season 0-5 but have since split their previous four games. Lamar is just 1-5 on the road under second-year head coach Robin Harmony. The Lady Cardinals are averaging 69 points per contest, led by senior post Dominique Edwards (13.0 ppg) and freshman guard Baileigh O'Dell (11.3 ppg). Lamar surrenders 67 points per game and 41 percent shooting. 

Doing It With Defense

Rice is currently second in Conference USA defensive FG percentage (.358%) and first in defensive 3pt. FG percentage (.211%). The defensive three-point field goal percentage is good enough for 4th in the nation. Ironically, Rice moved up in the rankings despite allowing a season-high five made three-pointers to Texas Southern on Monday. Rice has allowed 59 points or less six times this season and are 4-2 in such contests.

Porter Among Nation's Best
Owls' senior post Christal Porter has been among the nation's best when it comes to rebounding the basketball this season. Through nine games Porter is leading all of C-USA in rebounds per game (12.0), 9th in the nation, and is 12th in the country in defensive rebounds per game (8.0). The senior already has six double-figure rebound performances on the year and 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. 

Goodwine Leading the Way
Rice sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine has become the go-to weapon on the offensive end for the Owls, averaging a team-best 12.9 points while shooting 41 percent from the field. The Killeen, Texas native has twice scored 20 or more points in a game and made her first career game-winner vs. McNeese State (Dec. 19). Goodwine is 9th in the league in free throw percentage (.769). 

Moussa Dropping Dimes
Senior point guard Reem Moussa currently ranks third in C-USA in assists per game (4.3) and 87th in the nation. Moussa, who scored a career-high 16-points, against SFA, established a career-high with 10 assists in the win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 24 to become the first Owl to register 10 or more assists in a single-game since D'Frantz Smart had 11 on Feb. 24, 2011 vs. Tulane. 

Looking For Home Cooking
The Owls, who are already 4-2 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.

A Texas-Themed Schedule
The Owls will face eight non-conference Texas schools this season. In total, the Owls will play 13 of their 28 scheduled games against Texas schools and 23 games played in the state of Texas overall.



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