March 3, 2013
HOUSTON- Rice's women's basketball team had their three-game win streak snapped at Houston, as the Cougars defeated Rice 66-59 at Hofheinz Pavilion. Megan Shafer scored a career-high 15 points for the Owls.
"I thought we at least came back in the second half and gave a better effort," said Rice Head Coach Greg Williams. "It comes back to turnover differential, which has been the difference in a lot of our games this year. It was 15-6, and we lost by 10."
The Cougars (13-15, 7-8 C-USA) went on a 10-2 run to take a 28-21 lead over Rice late during the first half, and never trailed after that point, taking a 34-24 lead over the Owls into the break.
The Cougars led by as many as 12 in the second frame, seemingly having an answer for every Rice (13-15, 5-10 C-USA). A Shafer 3-pointer with 1:03 to play brought the Owls within four, at 63-59, but Houston countered by making its free throws on the other end to ice the game.
Porsche Landry led the Cougars with 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in her last game at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Shafer's career-high 15 points, came off of draining four 3-pointers on six attempts and making three-of-four free throws. In her last game, Shafer scored nine points at UTEP.
Jessica Kuster scored 17 points, her 73rd career and 25th double digit scoring game of the season, and registered three blocks.
Christal Porter had her third double double in the past four games, scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. She is averaging 11.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game since Feb. 17.
Rice is assured of either the 10th or the 11th seed in the upcoming C-USA Championship (Mar. 13-16) in Tulsa with the loss.