No. 5 Texas A&M Staves off Owls Upset Bid
Nov. 19, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Rice Owls women's basketball team hung around with the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies on their home court until a late second half surge propelled Texas A&M to a 76-55 victory Wednesday evening at Reed Arena.
Rice (1-1) was led in scoring by sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine, who scored 12 points, followed by eight points apiece from senior post Christal Porter and junior guard Elena Gumbs. In total, nine different Owls registered points.
The Owls were as close as 50-40 in the second half with 9:59 to play but the Aggies outscored Rice 26-15 the rest of the way en route to a victory in their home opener.
The Aggies (4-0) had three players scored in double-figures, led by18 points from junior guard Courtney Walker, who surpassed 1,000 career points in just her fourth game as a junior.
Rice outrebounded the Aggies, 42-40, including a 20-11 edge on the offensive glass that resulted in 16 second chance points for the Owls. The Owls shot just 30 percent (21-of-69) from the field for the game compared to a 48 percent clip (29-of-60) from Texas A&M. Rice was outscored 36-26 in points in the paint and 15-4 in fast break opportunities.
Porter kept the Owls afloat in the first five minutes of the first half, scoring four points and grabbing four rebounds before the first media timeout. The Owls would go almost five minutes without scoring before Nakachi Maduka made a jumper in the paint at the 10:51 mark to cut the deficit to 17-9.
The Owls managed to hang around despite a poor shooting performance (24 percent) in the first half thanks in part to 14 offensive rebounds that led to 10 points. Rice went on an 8-0 run late in the half, cutting the deficit to 29-25 with 2:34 remaining following a Goodwine jumper. However, the Aggies responded by outscoring Rice 8-2 the rest of the half and took a 37-27 lead to the locker room.
Rice will next be in action on Saturday, Nov. 22 when they return to Tudor Fieldhouse to face UALR (2-0).