Owls Win on the Road at Memphis 71-58

Feb. 13, 2011

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Memphis, Tenn. - Brianna Hypolite led three Rice Owls in double-digit scoring with 18 points as the Owls convincingly won at Memphis 71-58 inside the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Rice (15-10, 7-4) wins its first game of the season after being behind at the half. Memphis is now 18-7 overall and 7-4 in C-USA and is now tied with the Owls for second place in C-USA.

Also in double-digit scoring for the Owls were Jessica Kuster with 15 points and 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double and Morgan Mayse tallied 15 points.

Memphis scored the game's first seven points, which was started by a three-pointer from Alex Winchell. Morgan Mayse kept Rice in the game by scoring 10 of the Owls' first 14 points to get Rice back into the game at 16-14. A trey from Jessica Kuster then gave the Owls their first lead at 17-16 (10:49).

Rice went ahead by three (23-20) on a basket by Brianna Hypolite. Following a bucket by Medgan Elliott that pushed the Owls to the front 28-26, Memphis then closed the half on a 5-0 run for a 31-28 lead. Kuster had five points and seven rebounds for the Owls, while Hypolite posted 9 points, and Mayse led the blue and gray with 10 points.

Rice was behind 47-42 when the Owls went on an 11-0. Kuster scored 8 of those points including four from stripe. Goswitz capped the run with a trey on the break from the left wing giving Rice a 53-47 lead. Rice was ahead 55-53 when three straight three-pointers from Elliott, Mayse, and Hypolite gave the Owls a lot of breathing room with a 64-55 margin. Winchell then hit a trey for Memphis, but Rice scored the last seven points of the game on a Smart free throw and a lay up, two more free throws from Smart, and then Elliott finished off the Tigers with two free throws.

Smart had five points and a game-high 7 assists, while Elliott had 9 points.

Rice shot 64 percent in the second half and finished at 50 percent for the game. The Owls also made 11 of 12 from the free throw line. The Tigers finished at 39 percent from the field and only made five of 13 free throws.

Memphis was led by Jasmine Lee's game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Brittany Carter added 11.

Rice is in action on Thursday, when it hosts UTEP at 8 p.m. for a CBS College televised broadcast.





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