Feb. 21, 2013
HOUSTON- Rice posted its 10th win at home by defeating UCF 66-49 at Tudor Fieldhouse on Thursday. The Owls shot 72.7% in the second half, and did not miss a free throw in 13 attempts, the second-most attempts without a miss in program history.
"The second half, I thought we played as well as we could play," said Rice Head Coach Greg Williams. "Our shooting percentages in the second half were incredible."
"I thought it was a really important win for us," added Williams. "This will be a big energy boost for our team going into Sunday."
After giving up the first basket of the second half, the Owls (11-14, 3-9 C-USA) went on an 20-2 run to set the pace of the second half and take a 40-27 lead over UCF (11-15, 5-7 C-USA). The Knights finally snapped the run at the 10:57 mark of the second half, but did not come within ten points of the Owls for the remainder of the contest. The Owls outscored the Knights 46-26 in the second half.
The first half was evenly contested, as UCF led at the break 23-20 after a back-and-forth period that featured seven lead changes.
The Owls went 13-of-13 from the line, led by Jessica Kuster's 7-of-7 performance. The Owls have just once made more free throws in a game without missing, going 16-of-16 from the line against Southern Illinois on Nov. 28, 1998.
Rice set a season-high by shooting 48.1% from the field, and matched season-highs shooting 42.9% from 3-point range and 100% from the line.
Megan Palmer scored 17 points, reaching double digits for the first time since Jan. 27. She raised her season average back to double digits at 10.1 points per game.
Christal Porter had her second career double-double and reached double figures in scoring for the second consecutive game with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She has eight double figure scoring games and six double figure rebound games this season.
Jessica Kuster scored 13 points, with nine rebounds and four assists. This is her 22nd double figure scoring game of the season and the 70th of her career. The Owls are 10-4 at home this season. Rice has held 10 of its last 12 home opponents to under 60 points.
The Owls return to the court on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. to host Marshall. Tickets are available here.