Owls Use Explosive Offense to Beat Lamar
Dec. 28, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - The Rice Owls women's basketball team avenged a loss earlier in the week at Texas Southern with perhaps their most complete game of the season Sunday afternoon, scoring a season-high in points en route to a 97-63 win over the Lamar Lady Cardinals.
Rice (5-5) had four players score in double-figures, led by 17 points from senior post Christal Porter. The 97 points by the Owls tied for the fifth-most in a single game in school history and were the most since they scored 97 at Texas State on Dec. 30, 2010.
"Today was obviously our best offensive performance of the season," Rice head coach Greg Williams said. "We really did a good job on the boards and that led to opportunities on the other end. Our bench play was fantastic and although we had a lot of turnovers we still outscored them in points off turnovers."
Aside from Porter, Rice freshman guard Shani Rainey scored 14 points while forwards Jasmine Goodwine and Alyssa Lang chipped in 10 points apiece. Guards Reem Moussa and Maya Hawkins just missed making it six players in double-figures with each scoring nine points apiece.
The Owls shot a season-best 55 percent from the field and recorded an assists on 25 of their 35 made field goals, also a season-high. Rice dominated the boards, outgaining the Lady Cardinals (3-8) 48-22, and got a big boost from their bench, which outscored Lamar's 45-17.
Rice, who led for 31 of the 40 minutes Sunday, entered the locker room with a 41-33 halftime advantage after breaking a 31-31 tie with a 10-2 run over the final 2:45 of the half.
The Owls carried that momentum into the second half and put the game away with a 19-6 run over the first six minutes to take a commanding 60-39 lead. Goodwine scored all 10 of her points in the second half and the Owls outscored the Lady Cardinals 56-30 over the game's final 20 minutes.
Lamar was led in scoring by JaMeisha Edwards, who scored a game-high 19 points but 17 of which came in the opening half.
Rice will now have one day off before traveling to Austin to take on No. 3 Texas (10-0) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the final non-conference game of the season. Tuesday's game will be televised on the Longhorn Network.