Jasmine Goodwine became accustomed to winning awards and accepting honors during her time as a Killeen Lady Kangaroo. But it didn’t take her long to begin making a name for herself for the Rice Owls (8-7, 1-1 C-USA).
After just 13 games at the collegiate level, Goodwine earned Conference USA Freshman of the Week honors on Jan. 6.
“I wasn’t even really thinking about that,” Goodwine said. “I was mainly trying to improve in each game, practice and whatever happens, happens.
“I’m grateful for it though.”
Goodwine earned the honor three days after scoring a career-high 16 points in a 72-57 Rice win over the University of Incarnate Word.
The freshman surpassed her previous career high of 13 points that she set in Rice’s 67-64 win over Lamar five days earlier.
Although she is not yet a starter, Goodwine is second on the team with a 6.7 points per game average. Despite this being her first swing at C-USA play, Goodwine is ready for the challenge.
“It’s really exciting,” Goodwine said. “The competition is going to be tough but I think we can be conference champs.”
Goodwine went to the Houston campus after putting together an impressive prep resume as a four-year varsity player for the Lady Roos.
The 6-foot-1 forward was named to the Killeen Daily Herald’s All-Area first team three consecutive years, made the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s All-State Team and earned District 8-5A co-MVP after averaging 19.5 points and more than eight rebounds per game.
Goodwine was also the District 8-4A Offensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2011-12.
Killeen coach Latisha Williams said she first saw Goodwine play in the sixth grade and knew back then that she had the talent to play at the college level.
In high school that talent combined with hard work made her a formidable player.
“She did what I asked and she was all about basketball,” Williams said. “She was always striving to get better and she did. Every year she improved. She was definitely a great kid to have, I have no complaints about her and she is truly missed.”
Goodwine said she chose Rice over the University of Texas at El Paso, Stephen F. Austin, University of Denver and Massachusetts because of the quality of education and the distance from Killeen.
The former Killeen star said that playing at the C-USA level took some adjustment and going from being a district MVP to coming off the bench was one of those.
“You don’t really shoot as much, the plays aren’t always for you like in high school or your minutes aren’t the same, but you have to adjust and work, and that’s what I’ve done,” she said. “I try to bring as much as I can to the team. In high school, I was the one that everyone looked to, but here I’m just trying to play as much as I can.”
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