The Rice women’s basketball team responded from their loss to Florida International last week by posting a 62-55 win over Charlotte on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.
The Owls moved to 14-3 overall and 4-1 in Conference USA play.
Bouncing back from their loss to FIU, which snapped the Owls’ eight-game winning streak, Rice managed to limit Charlotte to just 37 percent shooting on the floor.
Charlotte fell to 6-12 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Wendy Knight led the Owls in scoring, putting up 16 points for the Owls and was one of three Rice players to score in double-figures.
Knight scored in double figures for the seventh straight game. She went 5-9 on shots from the floor and was 3-6 on 3-pointers. Erica Ogwumike scored 14 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter. Nicole Iademarco put up 10 points in the win.
Rice went 21-45 on the floor, shooting 46.7 percent while going 7-18 on 3-pointers (38.9 percent) and 13-17 on free throws (76.5 percent).
Nyilah Jamison-Myers led the 49ers in scoring, putting up 17 total points while Laia Raventos finished with 16.
Octavia Wilson scored 10 points for the 49ers.
The Owls built a 22-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and outscored the 49ers in the second quarter 15-8.
But the 49ers didn’t go away.
Charlotte closed the gap in the third quarter, outscoring the Owls 17-7 and only trailed 44-35 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The 49ers managed to come to within 49-45 with 4:12 left in the game but the Owls went on a 9-3 run to help close the book.
Rice will return to Houston to battle UTEP on Friday.
For the Rice Owl men’s basketball team, their season didn’t get any easier this past week as they were dealt an 86-75 loss to Southern Miss on Thursday and a 69-54 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
On Thursday, the Owls came back from a 20-point deficit in the second half to cut the lead to five points but it wasn’t enough as the Golden Eagles held on for the win in Hattiesburg, Miss.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak over the Golden Eagles.
Ako Adams scored 18 points to lead the Owls while Malik Osborne finished with 17 points and had eight rebounds. Austin Meyer scored 10 points.
The Owls went 28-48 on field goals and 9-23 on 3-pointers and 10-13 on free throws.
Southern Miss went 30-55 on the floor and 11-23 on 3-pointers and 15-16 on free throws. Dominic Magee had 22 points to lead the Golden Eagles.
On Saturday, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs went on a 26-14 run in the last 11:26 to beat the Rice Owls on Saturday in Ruston, La.
Connor Cashaw led Rice with 14 points while Meyer had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Osborne scored 11 points.
Rice went 22-59 on the floor and 6-22 on 3-pointers while going 4-8 from the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs went 23-55 on the floor and 11-29 on 3-pointers and 12-18 from the line.
Jacobi Boykins scored 21 points to lead the Bulldogs.
Rice fell to 4-16 overall and 1-6 in conference play while the Bulldogs improved to 12-9 overall and 3-5 in conference.
The Owls will next face Florida International at 7 p.m. Thursday at home.