Feb. 27, 2011
Houston - Four Houston Cougars scored in double-digits as #25 Houston overcame a 14-point half-time deficit to defeat Rice 74-70 in a Conference USA women's basketball game at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls are now 17-12 and 9-6 in C-USA to remain in third-place, while the Cougars improve to 24-4 and 15-0 in C-USA.
Rice's Morgan Mayse, shared game-high scoring honors with UH's Courtney Taylor, at 24. The Owls' Jessica Kuster carded her 11th double-double, and seventh in C-USA play, with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Kuster, with 11 rebounds, now has 312 rebounds this season to rank third on the Owl season rebounding chart. She needs four more to surpass Lauren Neaves' 2007 total of 315 to rank second. Neaves holds Rice's season rebounding record with 344 (2006).
The Owls jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held UH scoreless until the 14:30 mark. Rice was up 20-12 when Mayse scored 10 of the Owls next 12 points giving her squad a 32-16 lead. Baskets by Mayse (her 21st point) and Kuster gave Rice its biggest lead at 39-20 (1:12). UH countered by scoring the next 7 points before Goswitz scored at the end of the half giving the Owls a 41-27 half-time lead. Rice is now 15-2 when leading at the half.
The Cougars opened the final 20 minutes outscoring Rice 17 to 7 cutting their deficit to 48-44 (14:38). Following a Kuster basket, Rice held a 67-62 lead with 5:27 to play. From that point, UH outscored Rice 12 to 3 to close out the game. The Owls led the whole game (38:10) until the 1:50 mark when Porsche Landry scored giving Houston its first lead at 69-68. Britney Scott then hit four free throws giving the Cougars more cushion (73-68). Brianna Hypolite then scored on a rebound basket to conclude the scoring for the Owls.
Besides Taylor, UH received double-digit points from Landry (18), Scott (13), and Lesslee Mason added 12. Houston shot 43 percent from the field and made 21 of 32 free throws (66 percent).
Rice shot 40 percent from the field (27-67) and made 11-19 at the free throw line (58 percent). Hypolite tallied 9 points, while D'Frantz Smart dished a game-high 8 assists. Smart now has 174 assists this season, extending her single-season school record.
Rice closes out the regular when it plays at SMU on Thursday at 7 p.m.