The Rice Owls women’s basketball team continued its historic season with their 62-56 win over Southern Miss on Thursday in Houston.
The Owls moved to 17-3 overall and 7-1 in Conference USA play with the win. It was their 17th victory in their first 20 games of the season, making it their best start in program history. It was the fourth straight game that they allowed 60 points or less and seventh time in conference play.
Erica Ogwumike recorded a double-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds, for a third consecutive game while recording five steals. Wendy Knight scored in double-figures, putting up 13 points for a 10th consecutive game. Nicole Iademarco finished with eight points and Alexah Chrisman had seven points.
Southern Miss had 19 turnovers and the Owls were able to use an 18-11 advantage off miscues. The Rice bench got in on the action and outscored the Lady Eagles 14-2 with Sydne Wiggins and Lauren Grigsby each scoring seven points.
Southern Miss (12-9, 4-4) was led by Jayla King with 27 points and was 11-19 on shooting.
The Owls managed to outscore Southern Miss 19-12 in the second quarter and Rice took a 35-27 halftime lead. The Owls are 13-0 this season when leading at the break.
Southern Miss managed to fight back in the third quarter before Rice went on an 8-0 run in the final three minutes of the frame to take a 46-36.
In the fourth quarter, the Owls went on a 10-4 run in the opening minutes to extend their lead and not look back.
The Owls will hit the road to face the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (14-9, 5-5) in a 6:30 p.m. contest on Wednesday in Ruston, La.
After that, the Owls (who sit in third place in the Conference USA standings) will get a chance to jump to the top of the conference standings when they face Western Kentucky (17-5, 8-1) at 2 p.m. on Saturday at home. UAB (19-3, 8-1) is tied for first.
Things continue to not get any easier for the Rice men’s basketball team.
This past week, the Owls were dealt a 74-70 loss to the North Texas Mean Green on Saturday in Denton.
Rice (5-18, 2-8) continues to sit at the bottom of the Conference USA table.
The Owls managed to shoot 77.8 percent in the second half but their hot shooting wasn’t enough. UNT closed the game on a 10-3 run.
Connor Cashaw led the Owls with 18 points and eight rebounds while Bishop Mency added 17 points and was 5-for-5 on 3-pointers while Ako Adams scored 11 points and had five assists.
The teams traded baskets in the opening minutes of the game and Rice went on an 8-2 run to give the Owls their largest lead of the half at 13-7. But it wouldn’t last. UNT struck back with a 7-1 run to tie the game.
UNT (13-10, 6-4) scored 22 points off 18 Rice turnovers.
As if the schedule couldn’t get any easier, the Owls will next travel to face conference-leading Middle Tennessee in a 6:30 p.m. game Thursday in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Owls will then face UAB (15-9, 6-5) at 7 p.m. Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.