Jan. 21, 2015
Rice Owls (6-10, 1-4 C-USA) at Southern Miss (10-6, 3-2 C-USA)
Game 17 Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 6 p.m. (CT)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi Reed Green Coliseum (8,095)
Series Record: Rice leads, 5-4
Southern Miss won, 74-58 on Feb. 1, 2014
Leaving the The Lone Star State
The Rice Owls women's basketball team (6-10, 1-4) will make their first trip out of the state of Texas this season to play the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (10-6, 3-2) in Hattiesburg on Thursday at 6 p.m. Rice will be trying to snap a season-high, four-game losing streak while Southern Miss is coming off a 62-49 loss at UAB. The Owls hold a 5-4 edge in the all-time series.
Last Time Out
Despite three players scoring in double-figures, the Owls were unable to get key stops down the stretch in a 62-59 home loss to the Charlotte 49ers last Saturday. Rice was led in scoring by Jasmine Goodwine
, who scored 15 points while senior post Christal Porter
chipped in 14 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
Southern Miss Scouting Report
The Golden Eagles have alternated wins and losses in their previous four games, the highlight being a 77-75 overtime victory at Middle Tennessee. Senior forward Tamara Jones is third in C-USA in scoring, averaging 17.4 points while junior guard Jerontay Clemons is averaging nearly 12 points per game. USM leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (.376) while the Owls lead all C-USA teams in three-point field goal defense (.252).
Out of the 16 games the Owls have played thus far, they have taken a lead into halftime in 12 of them and hold a 5-7 record in such instances. The Owls have outscored their opponents 457-419 in the first half this season but the tables have been flipped in the final 20 minutes, trailing for the season 526-472.
Goodwine Finding Her Groove
After four consecutive games of being held to single-digit scoring, sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine
has bounced back with back-to-back double-figure scoring performances. After scoring 13 points on 50% shooting against Old Dominion, Goodwine scored a team-high 15 points in the Owls' loss to Charlotte. Goodwine has shot 12-of-24 (50%) from the field in the last two contests.