Porter Notches 12th Double-Double in Loss
Feb. 28, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Rice sophomore Jasmine Goodwine scored a team-best 17 points and Christal Porter recorded her 12th double-double of the season but it was not enough to overcome the Charlotte 49ers in a 74-59 loss Saturday evening at Halton Arena.
Rice (8-19, 3-13) shot just 34 percent (24-of-70) from the field for the game while Charlotte (13-15, 9-7) hit 41 percent (29-of-71) of their shots. The Niners outscored the Owls in points in the paint (30-28), points off turnovers (13-3), second chance points (15-10) and fast break points (21-0).
Charlotte had four players score in double-figures, including a game-high 18 points from Kira Gordon. Hillary Sigmon (17 points), Ayanna Holmes (13 points) and Lefty Webster (11 points) all contributed double-digit scoring for the Niners.
"We struggled to score and missed a lot of easy shots, shot just 34 percent on the road and that really makes it tough to win unless you're doing other things well," Rice head coach Greg Williams said. "We were at a 34-3 disadvantage in points off turnovers combined with fast break points. We didn't have any answer for them defensively with their four players in double-figures. Goodwine had a nice bounce back game and Porter gave us another double-double but it just wasn't enough to counter their offensive attack."
In the opening half the Owls trailed by as many as 14 points but managed to cut the deficit to 38-29 at halftime. Goodwine led Rice with nine first half points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field while Porter and Maduka chipped in six points apiece.
Charlotte shot 40 percent from the field as a team in the first half and was led in scoring by Gordon's 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Sigmon also scored 10 points in 17 minutes in the opening half. The Niners outscored the Owls 10-0 in fast break points and 10-6 in second chance opportunities.
Rice pulled to within six points, 40-34, with 18:42 left in the second half but Charlotte outscored the Owls 25-12 over the next eight minutes to make the game out of reach.
With the loss the Owls remain one game back of North Texas for the 12th and final C-USA Championship qualifying spot. The Owls will return to Tudor Fieldhouse for a pair of games next week, beginning with UTSA on Thursday (6 p.m.), followed by UTEP (Senior Day) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
"We've got to win at least one game, "Williams said. "UTSA will be a very difficult challenge. They're playing much better than when we beat them earlier in the season. Points will be at a premium, it will be a very tough and challenging game. Then hopefully we can send our seniors out with a win against UTEP. Our seniors have done a great job of being leaders in a difficult season so it'd be nice to reward them."