Owls Win Season Opener over Prairie View A&M, 68-57

Nov. 11, 2016

Final Stats

Rice 68-Prairie View A&M 57 (PDF Box Score)

- The Rice Owls women's basketball team started the 2016-17 campaign in style by defeating the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers 68-57 on opening night at Tudor Fieldhouse.

Rice (1-0) had three players score in double-figures, led by a game-high 20 points from junior guard Shani Rainey. The Fairview, Texas native made 8-of-12 shots from the field, including a 3-of-5 performance from three-point territory.

Senior forward Jasmine Goodwine poured in 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting (1-of-2 from deep) while senior guard Maya Hawkins filled up the stats sheet with 15 points (5-of-10 shooting), eight assists and seven rebounds. Hawkins matched Rainey's three-point performance with three makes of her own.

The Owls recorded an assist on 20-of-24 made field goals and limited the Lady Panthers (0-1) to just 35 percent shooting on the defensive end. Rice shot a solid 46 percent (24-of-52) from the field, including an 8-of-22 (36 percent) rate from beyond the arch.

"I'm really proud for our team tonight," Rice head coach Tina Langley said following the win. "They've been working incredibly hard. It's a very selfless group of young women. They came out and really competed as a unit and got us our first win. I'm very excited about tonight."

Rice never trailed in Friday's win and used a fast start in the opening quarter to create separation. The Owls outscored the Lady Panthers 21-15 in the opening period behind seven points from Goodwine and Rice connected on 3-of-4 three-point attempts in the quarter.

That momentum carried over into the second quarter where the Owls outscored Prairie View 17-9 and closed the quarter on a 15-3 run to take a 38-24 lead into the locker room at halftime. Hawkins gave the Owls a boost offensively in the period with eight points while also dishing out three assists. Freshman guard Tayler Bennett also scored her first collegiate points in the period on her first made three-pointer.

The two teams played to an 18-18 third quarter with Rainey scoring eight points while Goodwine chipped in an addition six points. Rice shot a sizzling 62 percent (8-of-13) from the field in the quarter and scored 12 of their 18 points in the paint, taking a 56-42 advantage to the fourth.



The Lady Panthers made a late run in the fourth, shrinking the Owls' lead to 62-55 with 3:25 to go, but the Rice defense stood tough by holding Prairie View scoreless over the next three minutes. A Bennett fastbreak layup put the game away with 1:14 remaining to give Rice a comfortable 64-55 lead before making free throws late to ice the contest.

The Owls will next travel to Baton Rouge, La. to face the LSU Lady Tigers next Wednesday, Nov. 16. That game will be streamed on the SEC Network+ beginning at 7 p.m. (CT).    




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