Texas Southern Rallies to Beat Owls
Dec. 22, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Three Owls scored in double-figures, including a season-high 18 points by Christal Porter, but it was not enough to overcome a second half comeback by the Texas Southern Lady Tigers in a 69-63 loss Monday afternoon.
"They were the more aggressive team in the second half," Rice head coach Greg Williams said. "We got outrebounded for the first time all year and they had a couple players get hot. It's a disappointing loss, especially since we led most of the game. But the bottom line is we made mistakes down the stretch and lost our composure a couple of times. Hopefully we can bounce back from this after Christmas."
In addition to Porter, sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine scored 15 points and snagged eight rebounds while Reem Moussa pitched in 14 points and seven assists.
Rice (4-5) was outscored 42-26 in the second half after leading 37-27 at halftime and dropped their fourth game of the season when leading at the half. After shooting 45 percent in the opening half the Owls' percentage dropped to 37 percent in the second.
TSU (3-7) got a game-high 22 points from junior guard Diamonisha Sophus and Alexus Johnson totaled 17 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double.
The Owls outscored TSU 28-24 in points in the paint and 17-11 in points off turnovers but the Lady Tigers held a 22-14 edge in second chance points.
Rice led the entire second half until the 5:23 mark when TSU's Brianna Sidney hit one of the Lady Tigers' five three-pointers of the afternoon to take a 58-57 advantage. TSU would never trail again and held off the Owls in the final couple of minutes.
In the first half the Owls were led by Moussa and Porter, with each scoring 12 points on a combined 9-of-15 shooting. Goodwine also chipped in nine points on 4-of-7 shooting. As a team the Owls had their second-highest first-half shooting percentage (45) of the season, connecting on 14-of-31 shots from the field and made 7-of-10 attempts at the free throw line.
Rice led by as much as 12 points in the opening half and took a 37-27 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The Owls capitalized on 10 TSU turnovers by turning them into 13 points. The Lady Tigers shot 40 percent in the first 20 minutes and were led in scoring by Sophus (12 points).
The Owls will now have five days off before returning to action on Sunday, Dec. 28 when they host Lamar at 2 p.m.