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Women's Basketball

Rice Beats Georgia State 55-52 to Capture GSU Thanksgiving Tournament

Nov. 28, 2010

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Atlanta - Morgan Mayse scored 18 points and Brianna Hypolite added 14 to lead Rice past Georgia State 55-52 to capture the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament. With the victory, head coach Greg Williams' Owls move above the .500 mark to 4-3 on the season, while GSU falls to 3-2.

Hypolite was named as MVP of the tournament, while Mayse was selected to the all-tournament squad.

The Owls led by five in the first half at 18-13 (14:18), but GSU whittled the deficit and led 32-31 with 52 seconds left. But, that would be the last lead for the Panthers as a three-pointer by D'Frantz Smart, the sixth of the half by Rice, with 29 seconds on the clock put the Owls up 34-32 at the break. The Owls only misfired five times in 11 attempts beyond the three-point line in the first 20 minutes.

Rice held its biggest lead of the contest at 49-39 with 8:55 to play on a free throw by freshman Jessica Kuster. Georgia State, led by former East Carolina head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener, battled to be only down by two at 54-52 with 1:48 left in the game. GSU committed a turnover with 12 ticks on the clock and Mayse, after being fould, made one of two free throws for the final margin as the Rice defense prevented GSU from taking an open shot as time expired.

Mayse also had 6 rebounds in the game as did Kuster, but team rebounding honors went to sophomore guard Jessica Goswitz who snared 8 boards to go with 6 points. Goswitz's back court mate, Smart dished a game-high 8 assists, scored 7 points, and had 4 steals in 40 minutes of action.

Georgia State was led by Angelique Burtts' 22 points, while Chan Harris posted a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. GSU shot 31.8 percent from the field (21-66), while Rice managed to fare better at 35.2 percent (19-54).

Rice returns to Houston to host the Gene Hackerman Invitational next Friday and Saturday. On Friday (Dec. 3), Long Beach State plays Prairie View A&M at 5 p.m., while the Owls host Louisiana-Monroe at 7:30 p.m. The two winning teams will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night, while the two losing teams square up at 5 p.m.

All-Tournament Team
Brianna Hypolite, Rice MVP
Morgan Mayse, Rice
Angelique Burtts, Georgia State
Chan Harris, Georgia State
Whiquitta Tobar, Alabama A&M
Briana Williams, Mercer

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