Nov. 14, 2014
Rice 70-Prairie View A&M 58
- Rice sophomore forward Jasmine Goodwine
and freshman guard Shani Rainey
scored a combined 43 points to help lead the Owls to a 70-58 victory over Prairie View A&M Friday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse in the 2014-15 season opener.
Goodwine, a sophomore from Killeen, Texas, scored a career-high 22 points (9-of-16 shooting) in 32 minutes and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Rainey, a freshman from Fairview, Texas, poured in 21 points (7-of-12 shooting) in 32 minutes while also yanking down 8 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. Rainey also attempted a game-high 16 free throws but converted just seven times.
"We're excited about her, first game as a freshman and she was pretty impressive," Williams said of Rainey. "She was also the starting defender on their best player (Jeanette Jackson) and we hold her to 11 points. With Jasmine we've seen glimpses of this and she shot the ball at a high percentage tonight. For those two to come out and play with a lot of poise and give us what they did was important."
Rice (1-0) also got a big game on the board from senior post Christal Porter
, who broke her previous career-high of 15 rebounds with 16 on Friday evening in 30 minutes of action. Senior starting point guard Reem Moussa
also gave the Owls good minutes with a balanced line of 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Senior guard Nakachi Maduka
came off the pine to chip in 8 points and combined with Rainey to slow down Jackson.
"Christal and Reem gave us some very good minutes, as well as Nakachi Maduka
off the bench," Williams said. "We thought she could give us some energy and spark off the bench and she did."
Rice outshot Prairie View (41-29 percent) and dominated points in the paint (34-20). The Owls also held the Lady Panthers (0-1) to just 14 percent (3-of-21) shooting from three-point territory.
The Owls opened up a lead as large as 27-15 in the first half on the heels of a 20-7 run that saw Rice break away from an early 8-7 deficit. During that stretch, Goodwine scored eight of her first-half leading 14 points (7-of-11 shooting). Rainey chipped in eight first half points on 3-of-5 shooting in her first 17 collegiate minutes while Porter led all players with 12 rebounds.
Rice outshot Prairie View in the first half, 48 percent (15-of-31) to 29 percent (10-of-34), and did most of their damage in the paint by outscoring the Lady Panthers, 20-6. Prairie View trimmed the Owls lead to 37-31 entering halftime by closing the half on a 12-6 run.
In the second half the Owls' offense cooled down to 33 percent but the defense still stayed strong, limiting Prairie View to just 30 percent shooting on the other end. The Owls extended the lead to double-figures, 61-50, with 3:57 left to play and never looked back.
Rice improved to 12-3 all-time against Prairie View and ran their all-time mark in season openers to 29-8.
The Owls will now have four days off before they travel to College Station to take on the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.