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Preview: Owls to face Tar Heels, Chanticleers in Myrtle Beach

Rice looking to extend seven-game winning streak

Rice Owls (7-2, 0-0 C-USA) vs. North Carolina Tarheels (7-4, 0-0 ACC)
Game 10 • Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. (CT)
Myrtle Beach, S.C. • Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Video Stream: N/A
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBB | @UNCWBB
Series Record: UNC leads, 1-0 (Last L: 83-50, 1999-00)

Rice Owls vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (7-1, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Game 11 • Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. (CT)
Myrtle Beach, S.C. • Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Video Stream: N/A
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBB | @CoastalWBB
Series Record: First Meeting

Owls To Face North Carolina, Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach
The Owls begin a stretch of five consecutive games away from Tudor Fieldhouse, starting this week with a pair of games at the Carolinas Challenge in Myrtle Beach. Rice will first face North Carolina on Tuesday in just the second ever meeting between the two universities. Rice then takes on Coastal Carolina in the first ever meeting between the two teams on Thursday. 

Winning Streak Reaches Seven
The Owls seven-game winning streak is tied for the sixth-longest win in program history. Last season the Owls recorded eight straight victories. Rice is coming off a 66-52 home victory over SMU last Saturday, the team's 15th consecutive victory at home over a non-conference foe. 

Last Time Out
Erica Ogwumike recorded her fifth double-double (18 points/11 rebounds) of the season while Nancy Mulkey added 14 points and five blocks in her collegiate debut to help lead the Owls to a 66-52 victory over SMU, the team's seventh straight win overall. Rice never trailed in the contest and led by as much as 29 points in the opening half.

Efficient Offense
Entering play on Tuesday, the Owls lead all of C-USA in both field goal percentage (46.3 percent/24th in NCAA) and free throw percentage (76.0 percent/27th in NCAA). In addition, Rice is first in the league in three-point percentage (36.8 percent). 

Ogwumike Boasting Career Season

Rice junior guard Erica Ogwumike, the C-USA Preseason Player of the Year, has scored 20 points or more in three of her last four games and has five double-doubles on the year. Ogwumike is averaging a double-double (19.4 points/10.9 rebounds) for the season while shooting 49% from the field, 42% from three-point territory, and 85% at the FT line.

Mulkey Makes Immediate Impact
Rice redshirt sophomore center Nancy Mulkey made her much-anticipated debut against SMU and gave the Owls a boost with 14 points, five rebounds and five blocks in 19 minutes of action. Mulkey became the first Owl with five blocks in a game since Jessica Kuster on Dec. 30, 2011.  

North Carolina Scouting Report
The Tarheels (7-4) won their second straight game with an 83-62 victory over UNCG on Friday. Janelle Bailey is tied for the ACC lead in double-doubles (6) and has scored in double-figures in 22 consecutive games. Stephanie Watts is averaging 22.7 points and shooting 46.9 percent (30-of-64) from three-point land over the last six games. The Tarheels were picked to finish 7th in the Preseason ACC Coaches Poll.    

Coastal Carolina Scouting Report
The Chants (7-1) have won five consecutive games entering this week's tournament and will face Auburn on Tuesday before taking on the Owls on Thursday. Coastal Carolina is averaging 86.4 points per game, led by DJ Williams' 17.5 points per contest. The Chants were picked to place eighth in the Sun Belt Preseason Poll.
 

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