Jan. 27, 2011
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New Orleans - Morgan Mayse scored a game-high 21 points, including six in overtime as the Rice Owls defeated Conference USA's second place team, Tulane, 74-70 inside Fogelman Arena. The Owls improve to 12-9 on the season and 4-3 in C-USA, while the Green Wave drops to 16-4 and 5-2 in league action.
The Owls are now 6-4 in road games this season, including 2-2 in C-USA.
Also in double-digit scoring for the Owls were Jessica Goswitz (17), Jessica Kuster (14), and D'Frantz Smart (11). Kuster led Rice with 9 rebounds, while Smart dished a game-high 9 assists with only two turnovers in 35 minutes of action.
Rice held its biggest lead of the game at 16-10 in the first half at the 10:48 mark, but Tulane rallied to take an 18-16 lead. A trey by Morgan Mayse put the Owls back on top at 19-18. Following two Green Wave buckets, Jessica Goswitz's third made three-pointer tied the ball game at 22-22. The Owls scored the last five points of the half on two made free throws by Jessica Kuster and a three-pointer by Memri Carmon to tie the score at 31 tied Tulane at 31 as the teams.
The Owls, not known for their three-point shooting this season, made six of seven attempts in the first half. Rice also followed that effort by dropping six more three-point bombs in the second half and overtime. Rice actually entered the contest shoogting only 28.3 percent for the season from three-point land, but on Thursday evening the Owls were on fire. For the game, Rice shot 63 percent from three-point range with a season-high 12 treys.
Rice held a slim 43-39 lead but Tulane scored 8 unanswered points, the last six by Nunn on driving layup and subsequent free throw and a three-point by Tiffany Aidoo put Tulane up 47-43. Goswitz's fourth made three-pointer brought Rice to within one at 49-48 (9:57).
Two buckets by Brittany Lindsey gave Tulane breathing room at 53-48, but another three-pointer by Goswitz brought the Owls closer at 53-51 (6:08). The Owls' 11th three-pointer of the night, this one by Smart, her second in the game, made the score 57-56 and then Rice went ahead 58-57 on a low-post move by Kuster (3:05). A bucket by Lindsey at 2:05 then put Tulane ahead 59-58.
A driving layup by Mayse moved the Owls ahead 60-59 at 1:26. Following a made free throw by Rice's Megan Elliott, the Green Wave's Roshaunda Barnes then tied it at 61 with 16 seconds left on the clock. Elliott's shot with 4 seconds left under the basket rimmed out and Lindsey's last-ditch effort for Tulane misfired at the buzzer from 20 feet.
With the scored tied at 70-70 in overtime, Mayse tallied her third overtime basket, giving Rice a 72-70 lead (1:25). The Owls then weathered three Green Wave attempts and two made free throws with 8 seconds left by Smart sealed the victory for Rice at 74-70.
The Green Wave was led in scoring by Lindsey and Tiffany Aidoo with 20 points apiece. Daniell Nunn also contributed 9 points.
Rice now hosts Tulsa on Sunday inside Tudor Fieldhouse. Tip off is at 2 p.m.