By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Four Owls scored in double-figures, led by a game-high 19 points from junior forward Jasmine Goodwine, to help Rice secure a 75-54 victory on the road Thursday evening at Florida Atlantic.
Rice (6-18, 5-8) notched their second straight 20-point victory by shooting 49 percent from the field and outscoring FAU (11-14, 3-11) 40-22 in points in the paint. Rice also set a season-high by shooting 87 percent (13-of-15) at the free throw line.
Goodwine shot 8-of-18 from the field and made 3-of-4 from the free throw line for her ninth consecutive game with 10 or more points, 13 of those points coming in the second half. Sophomore guard Shani Rainey set the tone offensively for the Owls by scoring 10 of her C-USA season-high 18 points in the first quarter alone and made 8-of-10 total shots from the field.
Junior point guard Maya Hawkins chipped in 11 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists (1 turnover) while senior forward Alyssa Lang set a season-high with 11 points to go along with7 rebounds.
"I'm really proud of our team tonight," Rice head coach Tina Langley said. "It's so tough to go on the road in conference and get a win. I thought our focus was really good coming into this game. "My favorite stat tonight was our assist-to-turnover ratio (15-9). We really shared the ball well and we did a good job of scoring in the paint, which we've been working really hard on. This was just a huge team win."
Rice led or was tied for nearly 38 minutes on Thursday but it was FAU that took a 19-18 lead after the opening period. Rice got the early boost from Rainey but FAU matched Rice by making 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. From that point on the Owls limited FAU to just 3-of-17 from three-point territory.
Goodwine gave Rice a 20-19 lead after a pair of free throws to begin the second quarter and the Owls never relinquished the lead again the rest of the evening, outscoring FAU 20-11 in the period to carry a 38-30 lead into halftime. The Owls held FAU to just 29 percent shooting in the second quarter while shooting the ball 57 percent themselves.
Rice opened the game up in the second half by closing the third quarter on a 10-0 run and outscoring FAU 16-2 in points in the paint in the period alone. The Owls shot 67 percent from the field for the quarter en route to a 25-12 point differential.
The Owls will be searching for their third consecutive win on Saturday when they square off against FIU at 11 a.m. (CT). Saturday's contest will be televised on Fox Sports nationally and Fox Sports Southwest in Houston.