Owls Fall Short at Oklahoma St., 65-51

Nov. 26, 2016

Oklahoma St. 65-Rice 51 (PDF Box Score)

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Rice Owls women’s basketball team stood tough on the road but a second half surge by the Oklahoma State Cowgirls proved too much to overcome in a 65-51 loss Saturday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Rice (3-2) was led in scoring by senior guard Maya Hawkins (14) and sophomore forward Lexie Ducat (10 points). The Owls outscored OSU (6-0) in points off turnovers (20-7) but the Cowgirls took advantage of Rice in points in the paint (26-10) and second chance points (22-13).

OSU ran their non-conference home win streak to 53 straight wins, the second-longest active streak in the country.

“I was really pleased with the way we came out in the first half,” Rice head coach Tina Langley said. “I thought our effort was there in the second half but we weren’t able to execute as efficiently. OSU is a very good team and I’m proud of the way we battled on the road in a tough environment. We will learn a lot from this experience.”

The Owls held a 12-11 lead after the opening period thanks in part to a 10-2 edge in points off turnovers. Rice shot just 22 percent in the quarter but took advantage of eight OSU turnovers. Shani Rainey led all scorers with seven points in the quarter, making a three-pointer and all four free throws.

In the second quarter the Owls shot 46 percent from the field while limiting OSU to just a 35 percent clip, but OSU outscored Rice 15-12 and took a narrow 26-24 lead into the locker room at halftime. Ducat kept the Owls afloat with a perfect 3-of-3 performance from the field in the quarter for six points.

The Owls got several good looks from long distance to start the third quarter but went cold and OSU took advantage by pushing their lead to 38-30 with 2:46 left in the quarter. Rice managed to stay within striking distance with made three-pointers from Hawkins and freshman Tayler Bennett and entered the final 10 minutes down just 45-36.

OSU threatened to pull away by increasing their advantage to 53-40 with just 5:32 remaining in the game, but an 8-2 Rice run highlighted by a pair of Hawkins’ three-pointers brought the Owls to within 55-48 with 3:27 to go. However, that would be as close as the Owls would get the rest of the way

Rice returns home to Tudor Fieldhouse to host Sam Houston St. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.






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