By Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Final Stats |
Rice 79-North Texas 73 (2OT)
DENTON, Texas - For the third time in as many meetings the Rice Owls women's basketball team went the extra mile and then some to defeat the North Texas Mean Green, capturing a 79-73 double overtime victory Saturday afternoon at The Super Pit.
Just 20 days after besting North Texas in triple overtime back in Houston, Rice (4-15, 3-5) swept the season series from the Mean Green on Saturday thanks in part to four players scoring in double-figures. Junior forward Jasmine Goodwine notched her first double-double of the season and the second of her career with a career-best tying 25 points and 11 rebounds, both of which were game-highs.
Goodwine made 8-of-14 shots from the field, including both three-point attempts, and went 7-of-8 at the free throw line in 46 minutes of play. Sophomore guard Shani Rainey (16 points), sophomore guard Wendy Knight (13 points) and senior guard Maya Hawkins (13 points) all notched double-figure scoring games, marking the first time Rice had four players with 10 or more points since March 7, 2015 vs. UTEP.
"Hats off to both teams, you hate for either team to lose because both teams played so hard today," Rice head coach Tina Langley said. "I loved our resiliency, we had to overcome some errors we made on the court and were still able to bounce back and fight back together. We had four players in double-figures and got some big defensive stops when we needed them. Jasmine was great on both ends and has become a real all-around player for us. As her and others expand their individual games it's helping us become a better team."
The Owls were able to eventually pull away from the Mean Green by outscoring NT 14-8 in double overtime. Rice scored the period's first five points on free throws from Goodwine and a clutch three-pointer from Hawkins. After two more made free throws from Goodwine gave Rice a 72-66 advantage (1:58-2OT), freshman Lauren Grigsby delivered the knockout punch with the ninth made three-pointer of the afternoon by the Owls.
The nine three-point makes by the Owls set a season-high as did the 50 percent clip from long distance (9-of-18). The victory also marked the first time Rice rallied from a 10-point deficit to win since a 61-54 victory versus Texas Southern on Nov. 11, 2013.
Rice was outscored 19-11 in the opening quarter and fell behind as much as 25-15 near the midpoint of the second quarter. However, the Owls closed the quarter strong by outscoring the Mean Green 11-3 to trim the halftime deficit to 28-26, highlighted by a three-point make with the shot clock winding down from Knight.
Both teams played to an 18-18 tie in the third quarter before Rice turned the notch up on defense in the fourth. The Owls outscored the Mean Green 9-3 over the first nine minutes of the period, which included a stretch of nearly six minutes without a North Texas point. The Owls led 59-53 with 51 seconds left in regulation but scores from NT's Kelsey Criner and Candice Adams trimmed the advantage to 60-57 with 16 seconds remaining.
Rice then turned the ball over, followed by a foul on Adams with three seconds remaining while attempting a three-pointer. Adams made all three foul shots to send Rice to their fourth OT contest of the season.
Both teams scored just five points apiece in the first OT and Hawkins nearly hit a game-winning layup as time expired but the ball rimmed out.
The Owls will continue their road trek next Thursday, Feb. 4 when they travel to Ruston, LA to face Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m.