Nov. 26, 2011
Houston - Taylor Gault poured in a career-high 25 points to lead UALR to a 67-47 road victory over Rice Saturday night in Tudor Fieldhouse.
Gault, who came into the game averaging 11.8 ppg, made 11 of 16 from the field and grabbed five rebounds in 26 minutes of action before fouling out with 2:11 left in the game. UALR evens its season record to 2-2, while the Owls drop to 4-3 and see their four-game winning streak come to an end.
Also in double-digits for UALR were Marian Kursh (11) and Taylor Ford (10). Kursh also grabbed a game-high 9 rebounds. UALR shot 47 percent from the field and held the Owls to only 21.5 percent (14-65)
Amenemope McKinney led Rice with a season-high10 points, while Candace Ashford added 8 points. Jessica Kuster scored 6 points and snared a team-high 7 rebounds. She only played in 23 minutes as she left the game with an injury at the 14:44 mark in the second-half.
Between UALR's half-court defensive presence and the Owls' full-court pressure, made buckets were a rarity early in the game. UALR broke a 10-10 on a jumper by Taylor Ford to give UALR the lead that it would not relinquish with 10:31 on the clock in the first half.
The Owls were up 10-8 after a basket by Brianna Hypolite (11:17), and did not score for the next until a long trey by Megan Shafer at 5:55. In that stretch, UALR outscored Rice 11-0.
Rice only made five of its first 26 field goals in the first 16 minutes of the contest. For the half, the Owls finished at 23 percent (7-30) with 19 points, which is their lowest first-half output for the season.
Rice was down 42-27 when Kuster left the ball game with an injury. But, the Owls rallied with their star player on the bench by going on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 46-37. UALR's Taylor Gault answered with back-to-back jumpers to quell the Rice rally and kick-start a 9-1 run (55-38) at 9:48 capped by a three-pointer from Gault.
Rice hosts the Gene Hackerman Invitational next Friday and Saturday (Dec. 2 and 3). North Texas vs. Oregon State tips off the tournament at 5 p.m. on Friday, with the Owls playing Texas A&M Corpus Christi to follow.