Dec. 8, 2017
Rice Owls (5-2, 0-0 C-USA) vs. Incarnate Word Cardinals (1-7, 0-0 Southland)
Game 8 • Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: Tied, 1-1
Saturday is Family Day! You can get four tickets for $20 (which includes a gift bag) by visiting riceowls.com/familypack and using the promo code FAMILY. Kids Club Game and Kids Court - Kids Club members get a free ticket and can purchase discounted tickets for family and friends. Learn more HERE. After the game Kids Club members will be invited down to the court to shoot hoops.
Owls Return Home to Host Incarnate Word
After a nine day layoff, the Rice Owls women's basketball team returns to action this Saturday when they host Incarnate Word at 2 p.m. from Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls are 2-0 at home this season and will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak while the Cardinals are 0-4 on the road and have lost four straight entering play on Saturday.
Ogwumike Repeats as C-USA Player of the Week
For a second straight week, Rice redshirt sophomore guard Erica Ogwumike was named the Conference USA Player of the Week, becoming the first Owl in school history to earn consecutive C-USA weekly awards. Ogwumike nearly helped the Owls pull off an upset at No. 18 Texas A&M last Wednesday, scoring a game-high 26 points in Rice's 82-76 loss to the Aggies. Ogwumike eclipsed 20-plus points for a third straight game by making 11-of-13 (.846) shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Ogwumike ranks second in C-USA in scoring (19.7 ppg), sixth in rebounding (8.7 rpg), 13th in field goal percentage (.505), 10th in free throw percentage (.833) and first in steals (3.0 spg).
Last Time Out
The Owls came up just short in an upset bid at No. 18 Texas A&M last Wednesday, falling 82-76 at Reed Arena. Rice led for half of the final quarter and pulled to within 70-69 with 3:36 remaining in the contest before the Aggies (6-1) outscored the Owls 12-7 the rest of the way.
Three-Point Shot a Key for Owls
The Owls lead all of C-USA in three-point field goals made per game (9.0) and rank second in the league in total three-pointers made (63). The Owls also lead all of C-USA in three-point percentage (.401). Junior Nicole Iademarco eighth in C-USA in three-point makes per game (2.3) and has made at least one three-pointer in each of the Owls first seven games.
Staying Out of Harm's Ways
Due to injuries, the Owls have been forced into a short rotation and have been among the nation's best in staying out of foul trouble. Rice currently ranks second in C-USA and 36th in the nation with 15.3 personal fouls per contest.
Incarnate Word Scouting Report
The Cardinals are coming off an 81-51 home loss to South Dakota and have lost by an average of 30.5 points in their seven losses. UIW is averaging just 46.8 points per game and are led offensively by sophomore guard Imani Robinson (9.5 ppg).
Rice will host ULM on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. from Tudor Fieldhouse as part of a doubleheader with men's basketball.