HOUSTON -- The Rice Owls women's basketball team saw their season-high six-game win streak come to a close with a 59-47 setback to Old Dominion Friday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse in the Conference USA opener.
Rice (9-3, 0-1) lost at home for the first time this season (5-1) despite a team-high 14 points from senior forward Jasmine Goodwine, who pulled to within 24 points of 1,000 for her career in the loss. The loss was the first for the Owls since a 65-51 loss at Oklahoma State back on Nov. 26. Rice's 47 points on Friday were a season-low as was the team's 28 percent shooting.
Old Dominion (6-6, 1-0) snapped a three-game losing streak behind a game-high 26 points from C-USA's leading scorer Jennie Simms. The Lady Monarchs scored Rice in points in the paint (30-14), points off turnovers (27-19), second chance points (11-6) and points off the bench (10-6).
Rice took the opening quarter from ODU 15-12 behind a pair of three-pointers from Lauren Grigsby and Wendy Knight, respectively. The Owls managed to shoot just 35 percent in the period but forced nine ODU turnovers that resulted in seven Rice points.
In the second quarter the Owls were held to just eight points on 33 percent shooting while committing nine turnovers themselves. ODU took advantage of the Rice miscues by outscoring the Owls 9-2 in points off turnovers in the quarter to take a 26-23 at the half.
Rice played much more efficiently in the third quarter, shooting the ball at a 46 percent clip from the field with Goodwine, Shani Rainey and Lexi Ducat scoring four points apiece in the period. The Owls outscored ODU 15-13 in the quarter, including a 9-2 run over the final 3:43, to close the deficit to 39-38 with 10 minutes to play.
ODU turned up the pressure in the fourth, scoring 14 of their 20 points in the period from inside the paint and Simms scored 10 points alone to push the Lady Monarchs to victory.
The Owls will look to bounce back on Sunday when they host the Charlotte 49ers at 2 p.m. on New Year's Day.