Goodwine Lifts Owls Over McNeese St. in Overtime
Dec. 19, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine sunk a turnaround, game-winning jumper with three seconds remaining in overtime to propel the Owls to a 57-55 overtime victory over the McNeese St. Cowgirls Friday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.
"This was a solid, grind-out win for our team," Rice head coach Greg Williams said. "We really struggled offensively throughout much of the night but our defense, and specifically Nakachi Maduka, really did a good job of putting pressure on them and made things tough for them on the other end. Give credit to Jasmine for making a big shot when things weren't coming easy for her most of the night. She stepped up when we really needed her."
Rice (4-4) snapped a two-game losing streak by outscoring the Cowgirls (5-5) 7-5 in overtime, with the Owls' final four points coming from Goodwine in the final minute. The Owls were led in scoring by senior post Christal Porter, who scored 13 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds to notch her second double-double of the season and the ninth of her career.
The Owls also got 10-point scoring performances from Breion Allen, Goodwine and Megan Palmer. Allen, whose 10 points were a season-high, gave the Owls seven first-half points when scoring was hard to come by. Palmer notched her second straight double-digit scoring performance and was second on the team with four made free throws.
Rice got a big boost from Maduka, who limited McNeese's leading scorer Allison Baggett to just seven points on 3-of-16 shooting. Maduka came off the bench and played 35 minutes with her sole assignment to blanket Baggett.
Both teams shot an identical 33.9 percent from the field for the game, but Rice had a slight edge in both points off turnovers (16-11) and bench scoring (24-11). The Owls, who are ranked 10th in the nation in three-point field goal defense, limited the Cowgirls to 1-of-15 shooting from beyond the arc.
In overtime Goodwine gave the Owls a 55-52 lead with 41 seconds remaining on a driving layup from the left wing but the score was nullified on a three-point play by McNeese's Jayln Johnson with 26 seconds remaining to tie the game 55-55. Rice proceeded to call timeout with 16 seconds remaining, setting up the game-winning opportunity from Goodwine. The Cowgirls had three seconds to get off desperation shot, but Johnson's heave at the buzzer fell well short.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first 20 minutes with the Cowgirls holding a slight 21-19 lead at halftime. Rice shot just 33 percent in the first half and made only 1-of-8 free throw attempts. Late in the second half the Owls were in position to win the game in regulation but Baggett made the Cowgirls lone three-pointer of the night with a minute remaining to tie the game and eventually force overtime.
The Owls will be back in action on Monday when they travel crosstown to play Texas Southern on Monday at 2 p.m. in their final game before the Christmas break.