Old Dominion Holds Off Owls, 62-55
Jan. 15, 2015
HOUSTON, Texas - In a game that saw extended runs from both squads, it was the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs that had the upper hand in the second half that proved to be the difference, defeating the Rice Owls women's basketball team 62-55 Thursday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.
"I really loved our effort tonight, we just couldn't put the ball in the basket in the second half," Rice head coach Greg Williams said. "We led almost every statistical category but we just couldn't capitalize on the offensive end. We've just got to keep plugging away to find a combination that works. We fought to the very end tonight, we've just got to execute better."
Rice (6-9, 1-3) dropped their third straight contest by being outscored 39-26 in the second half. The Owls led by as much as 14 points in the first half and took a 29-23 lead at halftime. Rice fell to 5-6 this season when leading at halftime in large part due to a poor shooting night from the field, making just 31 percent (22-of-72) from the field and just 24 percent (10-of-41) in the second half.
Senior post Christal Porter and sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine each scored 13 points to lead the Owls and scoring and the two combined to grab 17 rebounds in the losing cause. The Owls forced a season-high 31 turnovers and outscored the Lady Monarchs (9-6, 2-2) in points in the paint (24-22), points off turnovers (25-20) and second chance points (23-8).
ODU was led in scoring by point guard Ashley Betz-White, who scored a game-high 16 points and made 3-of-6 attempts from behind the three-point line. Tiffany Minor, who came into Thursday evening averaging a team-best 17 points, was limited to just nine points and went scoreless in the opening half with Rice guard Nakachi Maduka assigned to the forward.
Rice jumped out to a 24-10 lead with 9:22 left in the first half, forcing nine turnovers during a 16-1 run that stretched over a six-minute span. ODU was able to close the gap a bit by outscoring the Owls 13-5 the remainder of the half.
The Lady Monarchs made their second half comeback in a blink of an eye when Betz-White hit back-to-back three-pointers and then made a steal and layup to give ODU a 38-34 advantage with 13:19 left in the second half. After falling behind by as much as 52-40, the Owls managed to trim the deficit to 54-49 with 2:19 to go but never got closer.
The Owls will look to stop their losing skid on Saturday afternoon when they host Charlotte (6-10, 2-2) at 2 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.