Both Rice basketball teams were in action on Saturday. Here’s a brief rundown of how the men and women faired and what’s next for both.
Rice basketball has won back-to-back games, handling a frisky HBU squad across town and earning a decisive victory on Saturday.
Rice basketball caught all green lights on their trip across town, blowing past Houston Baptist in a meeting of intracity foes. Rice shot 55.9 percent from the floor in the first half and squared up 10 three-pointers to take a commanding 51-32 lead into the break. From that point on, the Owls held serve, matching every run by the Huskies and walking away from Sharp Gym with a comfortable victory.
Max Fielder has eight rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and four points. Quincy Olivari lead the team in scoring with 27 points, making 11-of-15 shots from the field and 4-of-7 threes. Rice led for the final 36 minutes of regulation.
What they’re saying
“We had a great start. Our guys were locked in from the beginning. Obviously, Quincy (Olivari) and Carl (Pierre) got hot there in the first half and our guys found them, which is a sign of great teammates. Every time (Houston Baptist) made a run, we had an answer. I’m really proud of the guys. True road wins in college basketball are really hard to get and tonight was a good one.” – Scott Pera on the team’s performance
Head coach Scott Pera might not ever say it, but there are some games you’re supposed to win with some flair. Going across town to play a Houston Baptist squad that entered Saturday ranked 351st out of the 358 D1 teams in KenPom rankings was one of those game. And credit hit team with this, they lived up to those expectations.
The Owls’ largest deficit of this game was 6-3 early in the contest. They quickly erased it and took the lead to double-digits swiftly. Their 88 points was the most points they’ve scored on a D1 team in regulation this season; they had previously topped 100 points against Evansville in triple overtime.
Up Next: vs Incarnate Word – Thursday, Dec. 16 at 11:15 a.m.
Trailing at the start of the fourth quarter, Rice women’s basketball mounted an incredible rally, roaring back to beat Texas A&M Corpus Christi at home.
Nothing seemed amiss when Rice women’s basketball took the court for a Saturday showdown with Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The two squads traded buckets, entering halftime locked in a one-score game. Then the Islanders broke things open in the third quarter and opened the fourth quarter with a 47-43 lead over the home team.
At that point, salvaging a win would have been all the Owls could ask for. But they would get more than that. Rice outscored TAMUCC 26-14 in the fourth quarter, 12 of which came from Haylee Swayzee.
What they’re saying
“At UT-Arlington we fell behind and we battled and cut it close, but we weren’t able to pull it out so here we are learning from that game and already capitalizing, learning, and growing in order to pull it out after we got down in a hole.
“I’m really proud of their effort. I’m proud that they are not a team that hangs their head. They do whatever we ask of them to do and they’re pretty tough and resilient. Our numbers aren’t high but the ones that we got really battle. I liked having four players in double-figure scoring. That really gives us a balanced attack. Some things still to clean up but definitely some things to take away.”” – Lindsay Edmond’s on the team’s performance
The third quarter has often told the story of how the games have gone this season for Rice women’s basketball. Rice did not win the third quarter on Saturday. In fact, they allowed a 15-0 Islanders’ run and were outscored 17-10 overall in that period. Still, they found a way to battle back.
For an imperfect team, resiliency is crucial. If you can’t overwhelm your opponent with talent or experience, you have to wear them down with a full 40-minute fight. Rice was able to do just that on Saturday. Having Haylee Swayzee come off the bench and score 20 points was huge.
Up Next: at Sam Houston – Thursday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
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