HUNTINGTON, WV - Rice sophomore Shani Rainey scored a team-high 13 points and junior Jasmine Goodwine chipped in another 12 points in the Owls' 81-52 loss at Marshall Saturday afternoon at the Henderson Center.
The Owls (3-13, 2-3) allowed the Herd (12-4, 2-3) to shoot 52 percent (27-of-52) from the field while Rice shot just 39 percent from the floor. Marshall connected on 10-of-22 shots from beyond the arc and outscored the Owls 29-12 in points off turnovers.
Rainey scored the 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting (3-of-8 at the free throw line) while Goodwine made 5-of-10 shots from the field and went 2-of-2 at the charity stripe. Marshall had three players score in double-figures, led by a game-high 18 points from forward Leah Scott. Guards Kiana Evans (13 points) and Norrisha Victrum (10 points) also scored in double-digits.
The Herd, who led throughout, outscored Rice 20-9 in second chance opportunities and 30-9 in points off the bench.
Rice had an efficient first quarter on the offensive end, scoring 17 points on 50 percent shooting. Rainey scored eight of her 13 points in the opening period alone by making 3-of-4 shots from the field and two three-point plays. However, Marshall shot 67 percent from the floor in the first 10 minutes, making 10 of their first 15 shots en route to 22 first quarter points.
The Herd extended their lead in the second quarter by outscoring the Owls 20-7 to take a 42-24 lead into the locker room at the half. Rice closed the deficit to 16 points in the early stages of the third quarter but were unable to climb closer.
Rice next returns home for two games at Tudor Fieldhouse, beginning Thursday, Jan. 21 (7 p.m.) vs. UAB.