By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON -- Rice placed five players in double-figures, as the Owls used a strong start to defeat crosstown foe Houston Baptist, 67-45, Saturday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse.
With the victory, the Owls improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
"I'm excited for the progress this team continues to make," said Rice head coach Tina Langley. "We're working really hard in practice and you can see the growth of the team from each practice to the following game."
Sophomore guard Erica Ogwumike led the Owls with 13 points and seven rebounds and junior forward Olivia Ogwumike added 13 points. Junior guard Gabrielle Stanton had 11 points and a career-high eight assists. Junior guard Lauren Grigsby just missed a double-double, notching 10 points and a season-high nine rebounds and junior guard Nicole Iademarco added 10 points.
Rice led the entire game as it jumped to out a 20-6 lead in the opening frame, starting the game 7-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-6 from three. However, the Owls missed seven of its final eight shots as HBU cut the deficit to 20-10.
In the second quarter, Rice shot 50.0% from the floor and continued its hot shooting from downtown, again connecting on four-of-six three pointers and the Owls pushed its lead to 42-20 at the break.
Langley added, "I was really pleased with the intensity that we started the game with. I thought, on both ends of the floor, that we had good pace. We really played incredibly hard together, functioning as a unit. I'm excited for where this team is going because we really play well together."
Rice was held to just 3-of-14 shooting in the third quarter, but HBU (1-2) was only able to pull to within 19 points by the end of the stanza.
The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter, as Rice cruised to the victory.
Rice goes back on the road when it travels to Huntsville on Tuesday, Nov. 21 to face Sam Houston State. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.