Blazers Too Much for Owls in 75-59 Loss
Feb. 14, 2015
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Rice senior center Christal Porter recorded her sixth consecutive double-double (21 points, 15 rebounds) and sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine chipped in 15 points but it wasn't enough to slow down UAB's paint attack in a 75-59 loss Saturday afternoon at Bartow Arena.
The Owls (7-16, 2-10) allowed the Blazers (14-10, 8-5) to shoot 55 percent (29-of-53) for the game, a season-high allowed by Rice. UAB was in led in scoring by Janae Smith, who scored a game-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field and was a key reason the Blazers outscored the Owls 40-26 in points in the paint.
"We actually got 10 mire field goal attempts than they did but their shots were a lot better than ours were," Rice head coach Greg Williams said. "They outscored us by a big margin in the paint and Smith is having a great year and Brittany Winborne (11 points) really hurt us from the perimeter off the bench. Christal Porter had a great road trip, another monster double-double, and Jasmine had a solid game but other than that we couldn't get it done."
A pair of Porter free throws pulled the Owls to within 38-32 with 17:28 remaining in the second half but UAB answered with a 9-0 run of their own on a pair of three-pointers and three-point play by Smith. The Owls were never able to trim the lead back to single-digits from that point on, getting outscored 41-34 in the second half.
Rice got off to a slow start offensively in the first half and fell behind 22-6 at the 7:21 mark. However, from that point the Owls outscored the Blazers 19-12, making nine of their last 11 shots from the field and trailed just 34-25 at halftime. Porter led the Owls with eight first half points and six rebounds.
UAB outshot Rice 50-38 percent from the field and scored 22 of their 34 points in the paint. Smith paced UAB in the opening half with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting and was one of Blazers to register points.
The Owls will next return home to Tudor Fieldhouse to host FIU on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.