Dec. 30, 2012
HOUSTON- Elena Gumbs hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to cap a 13-point comeback as the Owls downed Lamar 62-56 for their sixth straight win. Gumbs had a career-high 15 points, including the last six of the game.
The Owls (8-4) faced their largest deficit down 13 with 11:13 to play in the game after a Shauna Long 3-pointer. Rice, after narrowing the margin to 54-46, used an 8-0 run to pull the game even after a Nakachi Maduka free throw with 2:09 remaining.
Coming out of a timeout with the game tied at 56, Alyssa Lang found Gumbs open on the left wing, who drilled a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Gumbs then iced the game by rebounding the Cardinal miss on the other end of the floor, making a free throw, then stealing the ball and laying it in to give the Owls a six-point victory.
Lamar (7-3) started the game by taking a 13-5 lead at the 6:35 of the first half, but the Owls fought all the way back to tie the game at 22 with 1:25 left in the first half. Lamar took a 28-24 lead into the break with two 3-pointers in the last minute of the half.
Rice has had three large comebacks in its six game winning streak, coming back from 11 down against McNeese State and erasing a nine point deficit against UTSA before today's game.
Gumbs set career-highs with 15 points and five assists in the game. The game was the first double-digit scoring effort of her career.
Zoe Rogers collected a career-high eight rebounds.
Rice is 7-1 at Tudor Fieldhouse this season, and completes the 2012 calendar year with a 12-3 mark at home. The Owls polish off a 6-0 December, marking the first perfect December in school history and the first perfect month for the Owls since a 7-0 February of 2005.
With at least eight wins entering C-USA play, the Owls match their highest win total entering conference play in school history.
The Owls take on No. 24 Texas A&M in College Station on January 1, at 2 p.m. The Owls return home to Tudor Fieldhouse on Jan. 13 to host Tulsa at 2 p.m.