Women's Hoops Ready for Act Two at Tudor Fieldhouse

Rice and Prairie View A&M Wednesday at 7pm

Memri Carmon scored a career-best eight points against Cal State Northridge.

Nov. 19, 2008

HOUSTON - After a successful debut, the Rice women's basketball team continues its four game homestand to start the 2008-09 season Wednesday at 7pm against Prairie View A&M.

The Owls opened Tudor Fieldhouse in style with a 76-55 triumph over Cal State Northridge on Friday. Rice plays six of its first seven games at home after traveling near and far last season without a home court.

"We were happy to open Tudor Fieldhouse with a win last Friday," head coach Greg Williams said. "Our players were honored to be the first Rice team to play there. It gets tougher going forward."

The Panthers are the defending SWAC regular season champion and picked up a 51-46 victorver the Owls last season.

"We know we have to take care of the basketball after having 30 turnovers at Prairie View last season," Williams said. "The interesting thing is that Northridge played at Prairie View on Sunday after playing us and the scores are pretty close to being identical."

Tip-off against the Panthers is slated for 7pm. KTRU 91.7 FM and RiceOwls.com will have all of the action live with the pregame show beginning at 6:45pm CT. RiceOwls.com also will provide live stats for free via GameTracker.

Series History: Owls and Panthers

Wednesday's game marks the second consecutive season that Rice and Prairie View A&M face off on the hardwood. The Owls hold an 8-2 series edge.

Kadie Riverin and Tara Watts combined for 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, but the Rice women's basketball team lost a 51-46 decision to Prairie View A&M at the William Nicks Building on the Prairie View A&M campus.

The Owls (7-6) were hampered by a season-high 30 turnovers and have now lost five consecutive road games. It was Prairie View's (5-7) first win over Rice since the 1978-79 season.



Valeriya Berezhynska entered the game as Conference USA's leading scorer averaging 17.9 points per game. The Ukraine native was limited to a season-low seven points and accounted for eight turnovers in 28 minutes of action.

Gaati Werema and Candice Thomas headlined the Panthers with 12 points apiece.

The Rice defense set the tone and forced Prairie View A&M into a 3-for-20 shooting effort over the first 14 minutes of the opening half. The Owls built a 13-8 lead before the Panthers closed the half by knocking down 6-of-11 shots to claim a 25-22 edge going into the locker room.

The two teams went back and forth in the second half, tying seven times and trading the lead on seven different occasions to make it 44-44 with 3:32 remaining.

Prairie View scored on back-to-back possessions and added a Shavonne Smith free throw to take a 49-44 edge. Rice answered with a pair of Berezhynska free throws to close within 49-46 with 21 seconds left.

After Chari Smith split two free throws, Maudess Fulton had a three-pointer rim out with seven seconds on the clock. Charie Smith once again went 1-of-2 at the line for the final margin of 51-46.

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