HOUSTON, Texas – The Marshall women’s basketball team will look to earn a split of its Texas swing with a 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT game at Rice on Saturday. The Thundering Herd enters the game with a 8-5 overall record and 3-1 in Conference USA play. The Owls […]
HOUSTON, Texas – The Marshall women's basketball team will look to earn a split of its Texas swing with a 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT game at Rice on Saturday.
The Thundering Herd enters the game with a 8-5 overall record and 3-1 in Conference USA play. The Owls come in at 5-5 overall and 0-2 in the league.
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Series History: 17 all-time meetings – Rice leads 11-6
Last Meeting: February 20-21, 2021 in Huntington – Rice won game won 64-48, MU won game two 64-48.
Marshall is coming off a 64-54 loss at North Texas on Thursday in The Super Pit.
The Mean Green was powered by Jazion Jackson (16) and Quincy Noble (14), who netted a combined 30 points apiece. 5'6" Aly Gamez led the team with nine rebounds and Noble added six rebounds and five assists, which offset a 5-for-14 performance from the field, including an 0-for-6 clip from 3-point range.
Marshall was led by Savannah Wheeler who struggled in her own right, scoring 15 points on 4-for-15 shooting and 2-for-8 from 3-point range. She now was 992 points, eight shy of becoming Marshall's 23rd 1,000-point scorer.
Marshall battled early, taking a one-point lead (11-10) on an Arionna Redman fast break layup with 2:55 left in the first quarter. However, North Texas got five points from Jackson and a three-point play by Amber Dixon to grab a seven-point advantage through one quarter of play.
The Herd closed to within five several times in the second quarter, but went to the locker room down by nine (34-25).
The third quarter went much the same way and the Mean Green remained in control until the Thundering Herd made a run in the fourth quarter. With the home team up 54-40, Roper, CC Mays and Colclough scored on consecutive possessions, which prompted North Texas head coach Jalie Mitchell to request a timeout at the 7:08 mark to stem the tide.
Out of the timeout, Noble promptly converted a three-point play and the visitors got no closer than seven the rest of the way.
The Mean Green led for 36 minutes and 33 seconds.
Both teams struggled from the perimeter. Marshall went 5-for-23 (21.7 percent), while North Texas made four of its 23 shots from deep (17.4 percent).
The free throw line was a different story as MU went 15-for-16 (93.8 percent), compared to NT's 14-for-20 (70 percent) effort.
Rice comes into the contest with a 5-5 overall record and begins Conference USA play at 0-2 with losses at Middle Tennessee (87-63) and home against WKU (78-61). The Owls have had four games either canceled or postponed due to COVID issues. Rice had to cancel its games against No. 23 Texas A&M on December 19 and then Texas College on December 29. League games versus North Texas and UAB have been postponed.
The Owls are in a new era with head coach Lindsay Edmonds now leading the way after Tina Langley left to be the head coach of the Washington Huskies. Rice is Edmonds' first head coaching job but she comes to the Owls with a great track record as an assistant and most recently an associate head coach at NC State. Coach Edmonds was a 1,000-point scorer at App State (then Lindsay Smith) from 2001-05. When she left, Edmonds was the school's all-time leader in three-pointers made with 177.
Ashlee Austin has stepped up in what is now her third season. After averaging just 1.4 points per game in the 2020-21 season, she leads the Owls with 15.9 points per contest while shooting 50 percent from the field. She ranks second on the team with 7.2 rebounds per game. Haylee Swayze, who averaged 6.7 points per game last season, is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 per contest.
True freshman Malia Fisher leads Rice on the glass, pulling down 8.8 boards per game, good for third in the conference. Fisher has tallied 17 blocks and ranks second in the league with 1.7 swats per contest. She is also averaging 9.0 points per game and was named Freshman of the Week on December 13. Destiny Jackson leads with 43 assists, an average of 4.8 per game which is good for second in the league and 56th in the NCAA.
As a team, Rice is averaging 67.3 points per game and features six players putting up at least 8.0 per game. Austin and Swayze are the only ones in double figures. The Owls are averaging 40.5 boards per game, ranking fifth in the league. Five players are averaging over 4.0 rebounds per contest.