Porter Registers Double-Double in Loss to LA Tech
Jan. 24, 2015
RUSTON, LA - Rice senior post Christal Porter notched her fourth double-double of the season and was one of three Owls to score in double-figures, but it was not enough to slow down the Lady Techsters in an 88-71 defeat Saturday evening at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Rice (6-12, 1-6) played LA Tech (10-8, 5-2) tough late into the second half and were down just 67-63 with 6:10 remaining before the Lady Techsters closed the game on a 21-8 run. The Owls allowed LA Tech to shoot 59 percent from the field in the second half and surrendered 32 points in the paint in the final 20 minutes.
Porter led all Owls with 17 points and 11 rebounds, making 8-of-16 from the field in 28 minutes. Sophomore guard Maya Hawkins made four of the Owls seven three-point attempts en route to 14 points while senior guard Nakachi Maduka added 13 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes. As a team Rice shot 41 percent (26-of-64) from the field, 39 percent (7-of-18) from beyond the arc and 75 percent (12-of-16) at the free throw line.
Rice hurt themselves with 22 turnovers that resulted in 20 points for LA Tech while the Lady Techsters committed only 11 miscues.
"The final score was pretty deceiving," Rice head coach Greg Williams said afterwards. "There were 13 lead changes and seven ties. I was happy we were able to finally put some points on the board and had three players in double-figures. We also got a solid night from some of our players off the bench. Turnovers really hurt us, we still have a lot of work to do."
LA Tech was led in scoring by point guard Chrisstasia Walter, who scored a game-high 26 points on 7-of-12 shooting and a perfect 11-of-11 at the free throw line. LA Tech's bench attack (38 points) was spearheaded by Kevione Moten and Brandi Wingate. Moten scored 17 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting while Wingate pitched in 10 points, making 5-of-6 from the floor.
"Their two posts off the bench with 13-for-14 from the field and we gave up 50 points in the paint and only scored 26 ourselves," Williams said. "That was a big difference in the game, those two (Moten, Wingate) were a force inside. We actually did an outstanding job on their two best offensive players but once again we allowed other players to really hurt us. They shot 59 percent in the second half after our defense was pretty solid in the first half. That's been a theme here in conference is our defensive intensity drops in the second half."
Rice led for a majority of the first half but LA Tech closed on an 8-0 run to grab a 35-31 lead at halftime and carried that momentum into the second half.
The Owls will now gear up and try to bounce back next Sunday when they host the North Texas Mean Green at 2 p.m. That game will be televised on the American Sports Network.