Owls' Offense Struggles in Loss to UALR
Nov. 22, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - A cold shooting second half proved too much for the Rice Owls women's basketball team to overcome in a 55-40 loss to UALR Saturday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Rice (1-2) was outscored 37-19 in the second half after taking a 21-18 lead into halftime over UALR (3-0). Ten different players registered points for the Owls, led by six points apiece from Wendy Knight, Reem Moussa and Megan Palmer.
The Owls shot just 28 percent (13-of-46) on the afternoon but were successful from the perimeter, knocking down 42 percent (5-of-12) of their attempts. Rice also won the rebounding battle, 42-40, for a third consecutive game.
UALR was led in scoring by Taylor Gault (11 points), who came off the bench, and Kiera Clark (10 points). The Trojans had the advantage on the Owls in points in the paint (24-14), points off turnovers (16-10), second chance points (16-2) and bench points (24-20). The Trojans also forced the Owls into a season-high 23 turnovers.
In the first half the Owls jumped out to an 11-4 nine minutes into the game until UALR slowly crept back into the contest. The Trojans gained their first lead of the game, 13-11, at the 6:34 mark of the first half. Rice would respond by entering the locker room on a 10-5 run entering the locker room and took a 21-18 lead at the half thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Knight and Moussa.
However, in the second half the Owls had a six-minute drought without scoring in which UALR regained the lead and never looked back. Rice shot just 28 percent in the final 20 minutes while the Trojans made 14-of-33 shots (42 percent).
The Owls will look to get back to their winning ways on Monday when they host the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at Tudor Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.