Women's Basketball

UALR Beats Rice 64-40

Dec. 18, 2010

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Little Rock, Ark. - UALR drilled a season-high 11 three-pointers en route to a 64-40 victory over the Rice Owls Saturday afternoon at the Jack Stephens Center. The Trojans evened their record to 5-5, whilst the Owls dropped to 5-5 heading into Tuesday's game at Houston Baptist (7 p.m.).

UALR started hot from outside by opening the contest with two treys and a bucket for an 8-0 lead that it would not relinquished. The Trojans would shoot 54 percent from three-point range (7-13) in the first half and 42.4 percent overall from the field.

Meanwhile, the Owls did not find the range in the first 20 minutes and shot 26 percent (6-23) from the floor with only one made beyond the arc as UALR led at the break 35-17.

UALR, an NCAA at-large team last season that made it to the second round, did not cool off at half time as it forged 57-30 lead in the second-half by making 53 percent from the field including four more three-more pointers. The Owls' did not give up easily using a full-court press that forced several UALR turnovers.

Freshman Jessica Kuster was on the only Owl in double-digit scoring with 15 points and a team-high 8 rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Kuster made 6 of 10 from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line. Brianna Hypolite scored 8 points and D'Frantz Smart tallied 7.

The Trojans were led by Asriel Rolfe's 19 points and Janette Merriex's 18 points. Chasisty Reed posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

UALR finished the day at 48 percent from the field and 52.4 percent from three-point range (11-21). The Owls shot 26.9 percent from the floor and were outrebounded 45 to 27.

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