Owls Get Balanced Effort in Win Over Islanders
Nov. 24, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - The Rice Owls women's basketball team bounced back from a disappointing home loss to UALR on Saturday with a 59-54 triumph over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Monday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Rice (2-2) took their first lead 4:36 into the game and never trailed again, leading for the next 35 minutes and staving off multiple Islander (0-3) runs in the process with clutch play at both ends.
The Owls got several impressive performances up and down the roster, including a career-high 18-rebound performance from senior post Christal Porter, who also fell just two point shy (8 points) of her ninth career double-double.
Sophomore Jasmine Goodwine led the Owls with a team-high 13 points (5-of-11) while junior forward Megan Palmer provided a big boost off the bench with 11 points (5-of-8). Senior point guard Reem Moussa registered a game-high 10 assists and became the first Owl since to dish out double-figure assists since D'Frantz Smart had 11 on Feb. 24, 2011 vs. Tulane.
The Owls as a unit had a season-low 11 turnovers and outshot the Islanders, 40-34 percent.
After falling behind 5-0 to start the game the Owls went on a 14-0 run to take control of the game. During that span four different Owls registered points and the Islanders went 0-for-11 from the field and committed five turnovers.
Rice would open up a lead as large as 24-12 (6:26) but the Islanders were able to close the gap to 30-25 at halftime. Goodwine and Maduka led the Owls with seven points apiece in the game's first 20 minutes while Porter pulled down 13 rebounds in just 16 minutes of action. The Owls did a solid job moving the basketball in the first half as well, dishing out 10 assists (6 by Moussa) on their 14 made field goals.
The Islanders opened the second half on a 6-2 run to trim the Owls' lead to 32-31 but Rice responded with 10-2 spurt of their own to push the lead back to 42-33, thanks to six points from Goodwine. Late in the game the Islanders cut the Owls lead to 57-54 but Rice got a critical stop and then Moussa sank two free throws to ice the game.
Rice will now have three days off before returning to Tudor Fieldhouse to close out a three game home stand with a 6 p.m. contest against Alcorn State.