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Preview: Owls, Privateers to Meet on Saturday

Rice aiming for fifth straight win

Rice Owls (4-2, 0-0 C-USA) vs New Orleans Privateers (2-2, 0-0 Southland)

Game 7 • Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
Buy Tickets: RiceOwls.com
Video Stream: CUSAtv
Live Stats: Sidearm
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBB | @PrivateersWBB
Series Record: New Orleans leads, 1-0 (Last L: 83-50, 1/3/94)

Owls Go for Fifth Straight Win; Host New Orleans
The Rice Owls, winners of four straight, return to action on Saturday for an afternoon contest against the New Orleans Privateers. Rice is 3-0 at home this season and has reeled off four consecutive wins after dropping their first two games against No. 20 Texas A&M and No. 23 UCLA. New Orleans (2-2) lost their lone road contest this season, a 90-38 setback at Pittsburgh. The two teams have met on only one other occasion, an 83-50 Privateers win in 1994.    

Last Time Out

Four players scored in double-figures and junior guard Erica Ogwumike tied the single-game school record with eight steals in Rice's 93-65 home victory over McNeese State last Sunday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice won their fourth straight game overall by shooting 54 percent from the field and making 10 three-pointers. The Owls outscored the Cowgirls (0-6) in points in the paint (50-18), points off turnovers (29-16), fast break points (16-2) and bench scoring (46-27).

Ogwumike Leading the Charge
Rice junior guard Erica Ogwumike leads the Owls in scoring (17.0 ppg), rebounding (11.0 rpg), assists (3.1 apg), and steals (3.3 spg). The C-USA Preseason Player of the Year ranks seventh in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (9.0) and is 25th in the country in steals per game. 

Rainey Closing in on 1,000 Points

Senior forward Shani Rainey, who made her first start of the season on Nov. 23 vs. Georgia State, is closing in one becoming the 18th member of the Rice 1,000 point club. The Fairview, Texas native is just 12 points shy of 1,000 career points. Rainey missed the entire 2017-18 season after suffering a knee injury the WBI 2017 WBI Championship game. 

New Orleans Scouting Report
The Privateers (2-2) suffered their first home loss of the season last Sunday, falling 57-44 to ULM. New Orleans is averaging 45.3 rebounds per game, which ranks second in the Southland Conference. Senior center Shania Woods leads UNO in scoring (14.5 ppg) while shooting 55 percent from the field.  

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