Oregon State Slips Past Rice 63-57

Candace Ashford.

Dec. 3, 2011

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Houston - Ali Gibson and Earlyisa Marchbanks tallied 14 points each to lead Oregon State past Rice 63-57 in the consolation game of the Gene Hackerman Invitational held inside Tudor Fieldhouse.

Rice's Brianna Hypolite led all scorers with a season-high 23 points with 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. Candace Ashford posted her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

This was Rice's second 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.

Sage Indendi contributed 10 points for OSU and Marchbanks snared 10 rebounds to register a double-double.

Oregon State held a slim 24-20 first-half lead when it went on a 9-0 run for a 33-20 lead on a layup by Marchbanks at 2:59. The Owls closed the gap by draining three three-pointers, one each from Hypolite, Jessica Goswitz, and D'Frantz Smart.

Rice was behind 43-37 (16:30) in second-half, but kept battling and proceeded to go on a 12-0 run to forge a 49-43 lead. The Owls went ahead as Amenemope McKinney went coast-to-coast for a lay up to give Rice a 44-43 (13:25) lead. Then, Megan Shafer followed with a trey and Candace Ashford scored in the low post to complete the come back.

The Owls continued the run - outscoring OSU 17-3 - for a 54-51 margin at 6:19. The Beavers then scored 7 unanswered for a 55-54 lead, but Ashford responded down low with a nifty move to put the Owls up 56-55 (3:23).

Hypolite made a free throw to tie the game at 57 (1:13), but OSU made six consecutive free throws to close out the contest for a 63-57 win.

Rice shot 32 percent (20-63) from the field, while Oregon State made 36 percent (23-64). Both teams made 7 three-pointers and each made 10 free throws. The Beavers did hold a slight edge over Rice in rebounds 48 to 43.

Rice does not play again, due to final exams, until Dec. 16 when it hosts Texas State at 7 p.m.

North Texas Defeats Texas A&M Corpus Christi 72-58; Claims Gene Hackerman Invitational Championship

Jasmine Godbolt registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead North Texas (6-2) past Texas A&M Corpus Christi (3-6) 72-58 to win the Gene Hackerman Invitational championship Saturday night inside Tudor Fieldhouse and hosted by Rice University.

Godbolt received scoring help from Tamara Torru, who tallied 13 points with 6 rebounds, and Sara Stanley also posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Brittney Hudson contributed 9 points as well.

For her efforts, Godbolt was named the tournament's most valuable player and she was joined on the all-tournament squad by Torru.

The Islanders were led by reserves, Trish Amboree (16 points) and Marquesha Anderson (15 points).

Gene Hackerman Invitational All-Tournament Team
Brianna Hypolite, Rice
Earlysia Marchbanks, Oregon State
Jessica Jammer, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Tamara Torru, North Texas
MVP - Jasmine Godbolt, North Texas





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