Owls Cruise Past Bearkats, 77-51

Nov. 29, 2016

Rice 77-Sam Houston St. 51 (PDF Box Score)

HOUSTON - Seven Rice Owls scored eight or more points in a 77-51 victory over the Sam Houston State Bearkats Tuesday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.

Rice (4-2) remained unbeaten at home (3-0) thanks to a balanced scoring effort, led by 11 points from senior forward Jasmine Goodwine and 10 points from junior guard Wendy Knight, who also snagged a career-high eight rebounds. All 12 active players for the Owls registered points in the victory.

The Owls outscored the Bearkats in points in the paint (38-22), points off turnovers (24-9), second chance points (14-10) and bench scoring (37-25). Rice limited Sam Houston (0-7) to just 35 percent shooting, marking the fourth time this season Rice has held their opponent to below the 35 percent threshold.

"I wasn't incredibly pleased by the way we started the first quarter, especially on the defensive end," Rice head coach Tina Langley said. "But every quarter we kept improving. Once we picked up our intensity on the defensive end the game changed in our favor. I loved the way the bench came in and really played aggressive."

Rice shot 62 percent in the opening period and led 19-12 after 10 minutes despite seven turnovers that resulted in six points for the Bearkats. The Owls connected on all three of their three-point attempts, including a pair from Maya Hawkins.

In the second quarter the Owls outscored the Bearkats 17-14 behind six points from Nicole Iademarco and five points from Goodwine, taking a 36-26 lead into halftime. The Owls turned up the pressure on the defensive end in the third period and as a result forced seven Bearkats' turnovers that resulted in 10 points for Rice.

Rice took a 57-39 lead into the final 10 minutes and extended their advantage in the fourth quarter with a 20-12 margin. The victory marked the second 26-point win of the season for Rice, which they also accomplished with their 79-53 win at Houston Baptist on Nov. 19.

The Owls return to action this Saturday, Dec. 3 when they travel to San Antonio to face Incarnate Word at 1 p.m.






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