BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team will end a five-game home stretch on Thursday night against Rice. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
FAU (8-5, 2-0 C-USA) and Rice (12-2, 2-0 C-USA) have meet four times in each program's history. Currently the series is tied, 2-2.
Both teams started off conference play two wins and will come into the game on a winning streak. FAU has won four straight games and has a five-game streak within the friendly confines of FAU Arena. Rice is tied for the longest streak in Conference USA with seven consecutive victories.
FAU comes into the game as the conference leader in rebounds per game with an average of 45.8, which is the sixth highest mark in the nation. They also lead the conference in defensive boards, averaging 31.0 per game, ninth highest in the country. FAU is the only team in Conference USA with three players in the top 15 in the league in rebounds per game with Sasha Cedeño (8.9 rpg), Ra'Kyra Gabriel (7.6 rpg) and Raven Doyle (6.8 rpg).
The Owls are averaging 72.2 points per game, which is third in C-USA and the highest for an FAU team since the 2013-14 season. Cedeño leads the team in scoring and is the second leading scorer in the league, averaging 19.0 points per game.
Both FAU and Rice utilize the three point shot. FAU is third in C-USA averaging 7.2 three-point field goals made per game, while Rice leads the league with 8.9 per game. On the flip side, FAU holds opponents to 28.3 percent from beyond the arc, which is third lowest in C-USA. Rice holds opponents to 25.6 percent from three, the highest in the conference. Tyana Robinson is tied for second in C-USA averaging 3.2 made three pointers per game.
LAST TIME OUT
The Owls started conference play on a tear, winning two games by an average score of 13 points. FAU hosted Marshall on Friday and earned a 20-point win after falling behind 14-0 in the first period. On Sunday, the Owls used defensive pressure to undo UTEP and walk away with a 72-66 victory against the Miners.
Rice kicked off conference play with two wins. The Owls picked up a one-point win at North Texas and then topped UTSA, 83-52, in Houston. Rice is off to its best start through 14 games since the 1981-82 season.
Erica Ogwumike leads Rice averaging 17.5 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game. She ranks top three in the league in total points (3rd-245), rebounds per game (2nd-9.9), defensive rebounds per game (1st-7.0) and free throws made (2nd-63).
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