Rice 67-FAU 53 (PDF Box Score)
BOCA RATON, Fla. – A 29-11 advantage in the third quarter helped propel the Rice Owls women’s basketball to an eighth-straight win Thursday evening in a 67-53 on the road victory at Florida Atlantic.
Rice (13-2, 3-0) matched the 1981-82 squad for the best 15-game start in school history and improved to 7-2 on the road this season. The eight-game winning streak is the fifth-longest in school history, trailing only the marks set in 2005-06 (8 wins), 1981-82 (8 wins), 2004-05 (12 wins) and 2003-04 (12 wins).
“Tonight was obviously just another hard-fought, physical win for us,” Rice head coach Tina Langley said. “It shows the character and toughness of our team and I’m proud to come away with a road victory. I thought everyone contributed.”
Redshirt sophomore Erica Ogwumike led all players with 26 points, 17 of which came in the third quarter. The Cypress, Texas native eclipsed 20 points for a team-leading seventh time this season by making 10-of-17 shots from the field (3-of-6 on three-pointers) in 31 minutes of action. Senior guard Wendy Knight added an additional 13 points for the Owls, marking the eighth time in her last nine games to score 10 or more points.
The Owls improved to 12-0 this season when limiting their opponents to 70 points or less, limiting FAU (8-6, 2-1) to 31 percent shooting. Offensively, Rice shot 49 percent from the floor (44 percent from deep) and had a 24-12 advantage in points in the paint.
Rice, who improved to 10-0 when leading at half, led FAU 28-25 at the break despite scoring just 10 points in the second quarter on 3-of-11 shooting.
However, as has been the case for most of the season, the Owls appeared poised and galvanized in quarter three. Rice closed the final 1:54 of the period on a 13-0 run in which Ogwumike scored seven of the 13 points to help extend the lead to 57-36 entering the fourth.
The Owls shot 69 percent from the field in the period and have now outscored their opponents by a margin of 317-202 in the third quarter this season.
Rice will look for a ninth straight win on Saturday when they travel to Miami to take on the FIU Panthers at 6 p.m. (CT) on CUSAtv.