Texas A&M Corpus Christi Beats Rice 64-61

Amenemope McKinney.

Dec. 2, 2011

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Houston ­- Alisa Roberts scored a game-high 14 points to lead Texas A&M Corpus Christi to a 64-61 win over Rice in the second game of the Gene Hackerman Invitational held inside Tudor Fieldhouse Friday night.

North Texas (5-2) won the first game 60-53 over Oregon State and will play the Islanders (3-5) on Saturday at 7 p.m. Rice (4-4) plays Oregon State (5-1) in Saturday's first game at 5 p.m.

Also scoring in double-digits for the Islanders were Jessica Jammer with 12 points and Verne'qua Taylor with 11. Taylor and Damequi Montgomery snared a game-high 9 rebounds. TAMCC committed 31 turnovers for the game, but was able to outscore the Owls 29-20 in the second-half.

The Owls were led by Jessica Goswitz's four three-pointers for 12 points and Opal Taskila tallied a season-high 12 points. Rice was only able to shoot 31 percent (23-75) for the game.

This was Rice's first contest playing without Jessica Kuster, the squad's leading scorer (19.9 ppg) and the nation's leading rebounder at 13.1 rpg. Kuster is out indefinitely with an injury to her left foot.

With the Owls clinging to a one-point lead (7-6) in the first-half, the Islanders proceeded to run off 12 unanswered points for an 18-7 lead. Rice's Megan Shafer then drained a three-pointer and followed with a fast break layup to cut the margin to 6 (18-12; 12:11) and start an 18-2 Rice run that was capped by a Candace Ashford bucket to give the Owls a 25-20 lead (9:05).

Rice was able to finish the first-half strong with a 41-35 lead, but only mustered 20 points in the final 20 minutes.

The Islanders outscored Rice 15-6 in the first nine minutes of the second half to tie the contest at 50-50 on a basket by Zoey Vega-Vega.

Jessica Goswitz's fourth three-pointer of the night pushed the Owls ahead at 61-59 with 5:47 to play. Unbeknowst to anyone in Tudor Fieldhouse, those points would be Rice's final points of the game. TAMCC's Jessica Jammer score at 2:20 to give the Islanders a 62-61 lead and two Roberts free throws at :04 on the clock made it 64-61.

North Texas shot 40 percent from the field and held Oregon State to 32 percent in its 60-53 victory. Brittney Hudson (16) and Jasmine Godbolt (15) led UNT in scoring. The Beavers were paced by Earlysia Marchbanks' game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds.




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