Rice Comeback Falls Short Against FAU
Feb. 21, 2015
HOUSTON, Texas - After falling behind by as much as 26 points in the opening half, the Rice Owls women's basketball team nearly completed one of the biggest comebacks in school history but ultimately fell short in an 82-70 loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls Saturday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Rice (8-17, 3-11) rallied with a big second half surge to pull within 61-56 with 8:25 remaining in the second half, but an 8-0 FAU run stymied Rice's comeback.
"I was extremely proud of the way we battled back in the second half," Rice head coach Greg Williams said. "Unfortunately when you dig yourself a hole like we did you almost have to play perfect in the second half and we made some mistakes that cost us."
Rice sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine scored a game and career-high 25 points for the Owls, her second straight 20-point performance. Maya Hawkins also gave Rice a double-digit performance with 13 points, which included three made three-pointers. Senior Christal Porter notched her eighth consecutive double-digit rebounding performance with a game-high 14 boards in the loss.
Ultimately, a 45-point first half by FAU in which Rice allowed the Owls to make 12-of-17 (71 percent) from three-point territory proved to be the difference. Rice entered the day as the league-leader in three-point defense (26 percent) but FAU made 14-of-25 (56 percent) from beyond the arc for the game. The game was almost a carbon copy of last year's contest at FAU when Rice allowed 14 made three-pointers on 29 attempts in Boca Raton.
FAU (12-13, 6-8) was led in scoring by Ali Gorrell, who scored 17 points on just 4-of-10 shooting but was a perfect 9-of-9 at the free throw line. Sasha Cedeno (14 points), Kat Wright (13 points) and Morgan Robinson (11 points) all scored in double-figures. Four FAU players made at least three, three-pointers.
Rice responded from a 45-21 halftime deficit by turning up the defensive pressure and forcing 16 second half FAU turnovers. Rice turned those miscues into 20 points and outscored FAU 23-8 from the 15:19-8:25 mark.
The Owls will now hit the road for their final away games of the regular season, beginning with Old Dominion on Thursday at an early start time of 10 a.m. (CT). Rice will then travel to Charlotte for a Saturday tilt at 6 p.m. (CT).