HOUSTON – Five players scored in double-figures, led by a game-high 20 points from Shani Rainey, in the Rice Owls women’s basketball team’s 101-46 victory over Concordia Friday evening in an exhibition tilt at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Rice led from start to finish and shot 49 percent from the field while limiting Concordia to just a 37 percent clip. Rainey made 9-of-14 shots from the floor, 2-of-4 at the free throw line, followed by 14 points off the bench from freshman guard Tayler Bennett. The Long Beach, Calif. native knocked down three of the Owls’ five made three-pointers on the night in her Rice debut.
Other Owls who stood out on the offensive end were junior guard Wendy Knight (13 points), who was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and an 11-point display from Lexie Ducat. Senior forward Jasmine Goodwine also scored in double-figures with 10 points.
Senior point guard Maya Hawkins distributed a game-high eight assists in while not committing a turnover.
Defensively the Owls forced 32 Concordia turnovers, which resulted in a 35-6 points off turnovers advantage for Rice. The Owls also dominated glass by out-rebounding the Tornados 52-33, 24 of which were of the offensive variety.
Rice outscored Concordia 22-14 in the opening quarter before limiting the Tornados to just eight points in the second period and taking a 40-22 lead into halftime.
The Owls posted consecutive 30-plus point quarters in the second half, outscoring Concordia 30-14 in the third quarter before closing in style with a 31-10 fourth quarter.
The Owls will open the 2016-17 regular season a week from Friday on Nov. 11 at Tudor Fieldhouse versus Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m.