Feb. 16, 2012
New Orleans - The Tulane Green Wave outscored Rice 9-6 in overtime for a 50-47 Conference USA women's basketball victory Thursday night in Fogelman Arena.
Rice's Jessica Kuster made one of two free throws to give the Owls a slim 41-39 lead with 18 seconds to play in regulation, but Tulane's Tiffany Dale rebounded Tyria Snow's missed lay up and was fouled by Rice's Jessica Goswitz with three seconds to play. Dale then converted both free throws to force the extra period.
Overtime started on a bright note for the Owls as Candace Ashford hit a three-pointer to put her squad ahead 44-41. The Green Wave responded with an 8-0 surge as Brett Benzio made two free throws to start the scoring. Dale and Olivia Grayson followed with lay ups and Grayson canned two more at the charity stripe for a 49-44 Tulane lead with 34 seconds to play in overtime.
Megan Shafer made her third three-pointer of the night to bring Rice to within two (49-47) with 19 seconds showing on the clock. Tulane's Snow made one of two free throws (:12) for the final score as Rice could not get off one more shot.
Last season, the Owls won in overtime in New Orleans, 74-70. The two squads split the season series this year, as Rice prevailed 67-49 in Houston on Jan. 12.
It was a low-scoring affair in the first-half, as Rice held an 18-13 edge. The Owls were able to capitalize with six points off of 13 Tulane turnovers, seven of which were Rice steals. Rice made eight fields (8-34), including two treys by Shafer, to the Green Wave's six field goals (6-17).
Rice was led in scoring by a pair of seniors. D'Frantz Smart and Candace Ashford shared game-high honors with 11 points each. Ashford also collected a career and game-high 13 rebounds for her second career double-double. She previously had 13 points and 12 rebounds vs. Oregon State earlier in the season.
Owl sophomore Jessica Kuster tallied nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Shafer finished the night with nine points to tie her career-high.
Tulane outscored the Owls 28 to 23 in the second-half, by sinking 10 field goals to the Owls' six.
Snow (10 points) was the only Green Wave player to reach to double-digits. Grayson finished with nine points and eight rebounds, while Benzio contributed eight points, nine rebounds, and four blocks.
Rice is now 12-13 on the year and 6-6 in C-USA. Tulane improves to 19-6 and 8-4 in league action. The Owls play at SMU on Sunday (Feb. 19) at noon. The contest will be televised by FSN.
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