Owls Remain Perfect, Defeat Little Rock 58-51

Nov. 24, 2017

Final Stats

Rice 58-Little Rock (PDF Box Score)

HOUSTON – Rice redshirt sophomore Erica Ogwumike poured in a game-high 29 points to help lead the Owls to their fifth straight victory to open the season with a 58-51 comeback win over Little Rock Friday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse.

The Owls’ 5-0 start is tied for the best in school history and is the first time to accomplish the feat since 2001-02. Rice, who will attempt to move to 6-0 for the first time in school history Sunday at Kansas, also started 5-0 in the 1990-91 season.

"Little Rock is a great team and we were in a hole against them in the first half," Rice head coach Tina Langley said. "I was proud of the way we went into the locker room and really gathered ourselves, came out in the second half and execucted and played as a team."

Rice trailed by as many as 16 points (33-17) with under two minutes to go in the first half, but closed on a 9-0 run and carried that momentum into the second half, where they outscored Little Rock (1-3) 32-18. The Owls limited the Trojans to just 33 percent shooting for the game, including a 21 percent performance in the game’s final 20 minutes.

Ogwumike registered her second, 20-plus point performance of the young season by scoring 19 of her 29 points in the second half. The Cypress, Texas native made 9-of-15 shots from the field, 8-of-11 at the free throw line, grabbed six rebounds, and had a game-high five steals in 38 minutes.

Little Rock outscored the Owls 16-11 in the opening quarter and extended their lead to 33-17 with 2:34 left in the opening half with an 11-3 run. However, Rice fought back with five straight points from Ogwumike and four straight free throws from Lauren Grigsby to close the deficit to 33-26 at halftime.

In the third quarter to Owls began to chip away at the Trojans lead even more, thanks in large part to 10 points from Ogwumike in the period. Wendy Knight gave Rice a huge spark with a made three-pointer off an Ogwumike steal as the third quarter buzzer sounded, tying the game at 44-44.

Rice used that momentum to score the first nine points of the fourth quarter and didn’t allow Little Rock to score until the 4:35 mark. The Owls outscored the Trojans 14-7 in the quarter on their way to the 58-51 win.

The Owls will hit the road for the fourth time this season on Sunday when they travel to Lawrence, Kansas to face the Jayhawks (4-0) for the first time in school history on ESPN3 at 1 p.m.






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