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PHILADELPHIA – The Temple women‘s basketball team (16-10, 10-4 AAC) will travel to Rice (15-11, 9-6 AAC) on Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET. This will be the second game of a two-game Texas roadtrip. It will mark the first time that Temple and Rice have faced each other.. The game will stream on ESPN+ and The Varsity Network App. 

 

LAST TIME OUT: Temple 56, UTSA 48

> Temple defeated the UTSA Roadrunners (13-12, 7-7 AAC), 56-48, on the road at the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.

> Three Owls scored in double figures, led by Tiarra East with 18 points.

> The Owls were stellar in offensive rebounding, holding a 22-10 advantage over the Roadrunners.

> It marked the fifth straight game, and the sixth game out of the last seven, that the Owls have outscored their opponents in the second quarter. Temple has won those quarters by an average of 11.3 points during that span.

> Denise Solis set a new season high in rebounds with eight, and tied her season high in points with four.
 

THE OWLS

> Temple’s victory over UTSA marked the team’s fourth consecutive win, the Owls’ longest winning streak since December of the 2020-21 season.

> The Owls stand in sole possession of first place in the AAC.. The last time Temple led its conference standings this late in the season was during 2011-12, when the Cherry & White led the Atlantic 10.

> Temple is playing back-to-back games in Texas staying in the Lone Star state between its Thursday game at UTSA and its Sunday matinee at Rice.

> Temple currently ranks 6th in the NCAA in offensive rebounds per game (16.5) and 18th in turnover margin (+5.12). The Owls also rank first in the AAC in turnovers margin.

> Tiarra East (12.3 ppg) and Aleah Nelson (12.3 pgg) are scoring over 10 points per game. With Nelson’s 11 points at UTSA, she has now scored in double figures in five of her last six games. Likewise, East’s 18 points marked her fifth double-digit scoring effort in the team’s last six outings.Seven players,  including all five starters, are averaging over 6.6 points per game.

> Nelson has continued to stake her claim as one of the best passers in the AAC, ranking second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio (+1.98) and fourth in assists per game (4.0). Only seven players in the nation have more points and more assists than Nelson.

> On the boards, Rayne Tucker ranks 7th the AAC in rebounds per game with 7.9. 


SCOUTING RICE 

> Rice (15-11, 9-6 AAC) holds a nearly identical record to Temple. The Owls are in their first season in the AAC after previously competing in Conference-USA.

> Rice is lead by a number of experienced guards – sophomore Dominique Ennis (12.7 ppg), junior Malia Fisher (6.8 rpg) and fifth-year Destiny Jackson (3.2 apg).

>  Through her first two season with Rice, Lindsay Edmonds has achieved the best win percentage in the first two seasons (.627), most wins in first two seasons (37), the most wins in a head coaches second season (23) and is one of two head coaches to open their Rice WBB career with back-to-back winning seasons.

SERIES HISTORY

> This is the first time Rice and Temple have met. 

> Temple, Rice and FAU are known as the Owls. This is the first time that the Temple Women’s Basketball team will be playing the Owls. They meet FAU for the first time ever on March 6.

 


UP NEXT
Temple returns home to Philadelphia to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on  Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m.. The game will be on ESPN+ and the Varsity Network App. Tickets are available at OwlsTix.com.

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