Jan. 31, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Rice had a furious second-half comeback, but fell just short of erasing a 15-point first half deficit and fell 64-60 to Memphis in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Nakachi Maduka had a career-high eight assists, nine points, and seven rebounds.
"I thought that this was our best consistent road game, to battle back from down 10 at the half to get within three twice." said Rice Head Coach Greg Williams. "Jessica Kuster had a really strong game, as we tried to get her some looks in the second half."
Memphis (13-8, 4-3 C-USA) used a 19-6 run to take a 29-14 during the first half, but Rice fought back to close the deficit to 10 points at the break, 33-23.
Rice (9-11, 1-6 C-USA) clawed back in the second half, shooting 40.0% from the field and hitting five 3-pointers in the period. Nakachi Maduka hit a driving layup with 8:42 remaining to close the gap to four points, and the Owls would stay within two possessions for much of the last nine minutes of the game.
Breion Allen, who scored eight points, hit a 3-pointer to close the gap to 56-53 with 6:42 remaining in the game, which forced a Memphis timeout, but the Owls never got closer than that, and fell 64-60.
Maduka posted an all-around effort with a career-high eight assists, the most from an Owl player this year, nine points, and seven rebounds.
Jessica Kuster scored 22 points, her sixth straight double digit effort and her sixth 20+ point effort of the year.
Christal Porter, a native of nearby Germantown, Tenn., posted six points and led the Owls with eight rebounds.
The Owls return to action on Sunday, February 3, when they host UAB at Tudor Fieldhouse. Tickets are available here.