Rice 83-UTSA 52 (PDF Box Score)
HOUSTON – The Rice Owls women’s basketball team placed five players in double-figure scoring, including a game-high 21 points from Nicole Iademarco, in an 83-52 rout of the UTSA Roadrunners Sunday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Rice (12-2, 2-0) extended their season-high winning streak to seven straight by shooting lights out from three-point territory, converting on 14-of-26 attempts (53.8 percent). It marked the fifth time this season the Owls made 10 or more three-pointers in a game.
“The focus for us offensively today was to keep the ball moving,” Rice head coach Tina Langley said. “I’ve said it many times, we have a really unselfish team and when we come out and move the ball and play as a unit like we did today good things happen.”
Defensively the Owls held an opponent below 70 points for a seventh straight game and improved to 11-0 in 2017-18 when doing so. Rice dominated the boards, 44-23, and had a 20-4 advantage in second chance points.
Iademarco eclipsed the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season by making 8-of-13 shots from the field, including a 5-of-9 performance from beyond the arc. The Woodlands, Texas native scored 12 points in the third quarter alone.
Redshirt sophomore Erica Ogwumike continued to rack up rebounds by grabbing a game-high 15 boards in just 28 minutes. It marked the third straight game that the Cypress, Texas native secured 15 or more rebounds. In addition, Ogwumike scored 10 points for her team-leading fifth double-double of the season and had a team-best two steals.
Junior guard Gabrielle Stanton added an additional 12 points and knocked down a season-high four three-pointers while Wendy Knight (11 points) and Lauren Grigsby (10 points) also scored in double-figures.
The Owls used a 9-1 run to close the opening quarter and turn a once 9-5 deficit into a 17-13 advantage after 10 minutes. In the second quarter Rice broke open the game by outscoring UTSA (2-12, 0-2) 23-12 to take a 40-25 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter Rice was sensational on the offensive end, making 12-of-18 shots from the field and 4-of-9 from deep to nearly double up the Roadrunners by a 28-15 margin. The Owls, who improved to 6-0 at Tudor Fieldhouse this season, extended their lead to as large as 36 points midway through the fourth quarter.
Rice will play their next three games on the road, beginning on Thursday, Jan. 11 (6 p.m.) at Florida Atlantic, followed by a trip to Miami to face the FIU Panthers on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.