Women's Basketball Falls at ODU
Feb. 26, 2015
NORFOLK, Va. - Rice senior forward Christal Porter notched her 11th double-double of the season but it was not enough to overcome a strong Old Dominion offensive attack in an 83-68 loss at the Ted Constant Convocation Center Thursday morning.
Rice (8-18, 3-12) shot just 36 percent from the field while the Lady Monarchs (16-10, 9-6) converted from the floor at a 57 percent clip. ODU outscored Rice 54-30 in points in the paint and 18-4 in fast break points. Porter led the Owls with 20 points (9-of-15 shooting) and 14 rebounds for her team-leading 11th double-double of the season. Eleven different Owls registered points, including 10 off the bench from senior guard Reem Moussa.
ODU had two players in double-figures, including a game-high 25 points off the bench from Chelsea Painter. The senior forward gave the Owls fits on the offensive end, making 11 of 12 shots from the field while also snagging eight rebounds, dishing out four assists and recording four steals in 25 minutes. Sophomore forward Jennie Simms also scored in double-figures for the Lady Monarchs with 17 points, along with 10 rebounds.
"They really hurt us in the paint," Rice head coach Greg Williams said. "We struggled at the free throw line and let them get off to a great start offensively and it's hard to fall behind like that on the road and comeback when you're not making shots. We forced 22 turnovers and only got 11 points off them. We were opportunistic but just couldn't capitalize. But if you get outscored 54-30 in the paint you're probably going to lose."
ODU shot 63 percent from the field in the opening half and took a 45-32 lead over the Owls at halftime. The Lady Monarchs scored 28 points in the paint in the opening 20 minutes and Rice made just 12-of-31 attempts from the field over that span. ODU opened up a lead as large as 19 points with 10:13 remaining in the second half before the Owls tried to rally late.
Moussa and Porter sparked a Rice run that cut the deficit to 75-66 with 2:23 remaining in the game but were never able to climb closer.
The Owls will play their final road game on Saturday at Charlotte at 6 p.m. (CT) before returning home to close out the regular season against UTSA (Thursday-6 p.m.) and UTEP (Saturday-2 p.m.)