Owls Fall at Home to Ladyjacks, 70-59
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HOUSTON, Texas - A second half surge by the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks proved too much for the Rice Owls women's basketball team to overcome in a 70-59 loss Saturday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse.
"We tried to rally late but couldn't ever cut it closer than eight," Rice head coach Greg Williams said. "We tried different presses but SFA has some good perimeter players and we didn't do a good enough job of defending their ability to penetrate and get into the paint like we had hoped to do."
Rice sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine came within one point of tying her career-high, scoring a team-best 21 points in the loss. Goodwine made 7-of-13 shots from the field and was a perfect 7-of-7 at the line. Rice senior point guard Reem Moussa also scored in double-figures, establishing a career-high with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 at the free throw line.
Rice (3-4) was undone by a season-high 24 turnovers that resulted in 27 points for the Ladyjacks (5-3). SFA also outscored Rice 42-32 in the paint and 14-3 in points off the bench. SFA's Taylor Ross tied Goodwine for the game-high honors with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting (4-of-5 at the FT line). The Ladyjacks also got 14 second-half points from center Porsha Roberts.
The Ladyjacks outscored the Owls 39-27 in the second half, which included a 13-0 run from the 16:02-11:22 mark. Rice cut the deficit to 61-53 with 4:13 to go but could not inch any closer.
After falling behind 4-0 to start the game, Rice went on a 15-0 run over a five-minute span to take control in the first half. Palmer kick-started the Owls run by scoring six of Rice's first eight points on 3-of-4 shooting. Rice would not relinquish the lead the remainder of the half despite a couple of SFA runs.
The Ladyjacks managed to tie the game, 29-29, with 1:18 left before the half but Moussa connected on a three-pointer to regain the lead, 32-29.
Goodwine led the Owls with 10 first half points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 at the charity stripe. The Owls shot 50 percent from the field as a team but had 14 turnovers that led to 15 SFA points.
Rice will now have 12 days off before their next game when they host McNeese State on Friday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.
"This year we have a better schedule during finals in that we'll be able to practice a bit more," Williams said. "We'll get four full practices and a game day shoot around before we play McNeese State. Hopefully we can get the cobwebs out of them with having their finals. Obviously finals are extremely taxing at Rice. They'll have time to get their books in and still be able to prepare for our upcoming game."