Rice women’s basketball took an early lead but wasn’t able to close it out, falling at home to Western Kentucky for their second straight C-USA defeat.
After a program-best 9-0 start, Rice women’s basketball’s last game before Christmas was an uncharacteristic loss to Middle Tennesee. Afterward, head coach Lindsay Edmonds was adamant it would not be the new norm.
“I’m going to remember this feeling. I hope the players remember this feeling,” she said. “We’re ready to get back to work so that we don’t feel this feeling too often.”
Early on it seemed like the team was cognizant of that warning. The Owls were at their best from the jump, outscoring WKU 26-16 in the opening quarter, but it wouldn’t be quite that easy. WKU would cut the Rice lead to one at the half, setting up a tight ballgame down the stretch.
Katelyn Crosthwait tied the game with two minutes to go on a big three-point shot. No longer staked with a double-digit lead, Rice was going to have to up their execution if they wanted to walk out of Tudor Fieldhouse with a win. Unfortunately, turnovers and missed free throws will make Rice wait at least two more days to get that ugly taste of defeat out of their mouths.
The Owls were 5-of-10 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, finishing 13-0f-21 (62 percent) at the line for the game. They turned the ball over 21 times, including twice in the final minute, marring a winnable game.
Spotlight | Kennedy Clifton
The depth of this roster continues to impress with relatively new faces emerging for big moments and big games at every turn. On Thursday night it was Kennedy Clifton’s turn to shine. She finished with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting (2-of-6 from three) with one rebound and one assist. On a quiet night from some of the Owls’ typical scorers, Clifton’s contributions were crucial.
Final Box | WKU 79 – Rice 74
FINAL | WKU 79 – @RiceWBB 74
After starting the season 9-0, Rice moves to 0-2 in CUSA. pic.twitter.com/KUNT42PylH
— The Roost (@AtTheRoost) December 30, 2022
Up Next | Full Schedule
Rice women’s basketball will have one last home game to close out the year, hosting UTEP on New Year’s Eve. That’s scheduled to be a 2:00 p.m. tip-off at Tudor Fieldhouse. It will be broadcast on CUSAtv.
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