Houston Roundball Review: Women's Hoops

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Owls Open House of Tudor

HOUSTON, TX -- The Rice Owls women's basketball team -- ladies first, of course -- officially opened up the Tudor Fieldhouse (re: the House of Tudor) Friday night with a 76 to 55 victory over Cal State Northridge.

Rice led 36 to 21 at the half and cranked up the offense and the defense to start the second half.

Owls junior guard Tara Watts scored the first basket in the new digs at the 19:37 mark of the first half. Watts finished the game with 13 points on just seven shots. She was 5 for 7 from the field including 3 for 5 on three point shots.

"I thought we shot the ball really well for not playing here very much," Watts said after the game. The Owls practiced in Tudor Fieldhouse Thursday for the first time.

The Owls connected on 27 of 59 from the field for 45.8%.

"We shot 46 percent; and, for us, that's good," said Owls head coach Greg Williams.

The Owls struggled a bit at the start of the game; and, the team admitted nerves played a role in the sluggish start.

"We were nervous. I think we were excited," said Coach Williams. "We started out a little shaky. They played a small team at times and were attacking the basket pretty well; but, once we settled down, I thought our defense was pretty solid for the most part."

"I was nervous," Owls junior post Emery Carter admitted. "But, I knew we had younger girls on the team; and, we can't look to them to set the tone; so, I had to compose myself."

Carter contributed six points and nine rebounds in 18 minutes of game action.

Morgan Mayes led the Owls with 16 points (5 for 11) and senior Maudess Fulton added 14 points (5 for 12).

Rice (1-0) hosts Prairie View A&M Wednesday, November 19, at 7 p.m.
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