Feb. 3, 2013
Box Score | Season Stats
HOUSTON- Rice's women's basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 61-53 victory over UAB at Tudor Fieldhouse. Jessica Kuster led the Owls with 18 points.
"It was a much-needed win for our basketball team," said Rice Head Coach Greg Williams. "It was extremely important to us to come out here and get a win."
After giving up the first basket of the game, the Owls went on an 11-0 run to take an 11-2 lead by the 17:01 mark of the first half. Rice led by as many as 16 and took a 30-21 lead into the break, helped by 10 points and eight rebounds in the half by Jessica Kuster.
Rice (10-11, 2-6 C-USA) scored the first four points of the second half, and never let UAB (13-7, 4-3 C-USA) any closer than nine points until the final minute of play, where UAB closed the deficit to six, but it was not enough as the Owls prevailed 61-53.
Rice is now 9-3 at home this season, and 2-2 at home in C-USA play.
Kuster posted her 11th double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds. She made her first eight shots from the line, extending a streak to 16 consecutive makes, which dated back to Jan. 24, before missing her first.
Alyssa Lang tied career-highs with eight points and nine rebounds.
Nakachi Maduka posted a season-high with 10 rebounds, her first 10+ rebound effort of the season and third of her career. Maduka also led the Owls with four assists.
Jessica Goswitz and Maya Adetula also posted eight points apiece.
Rice's bench outscored UAB's bench 19-6.
The Owls return to the court on Sunday, February 10, hosting cross-town rival Houston at 12 p.m., in a game televised on FSN. Tickets are available here.