Jan. 24, 2013
Season Stats | Box Score
HOUSTON- Rice came all the way back from a 14-point deficit, but missed a game-winner at the buzzer against defending C-USA Champion UTEP on Thursday. Jessica Kuster scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds for the Owls.
The Owls (9-9, 1-4 C-USA) jumped out to a 5-1 lead, but UTEP (15-2, 3-1 C-USA) responded with an 18-0 run to take a 14-point lead, the Miners' biggest lead of the night. Rice fought back to get as close as seven points during the first half, and UTEP took a 29-20 lead into the half.
Trailing 40-29, Rice went on a 12-0 run, capped by a Jessica Kuster layup with 6:41 remaining to give Rice its first lead since 16:21 of the first half. The Owls held a 48-45 lead with a minute to play, but Irene Gary of UTEP brought the Miners within one with a jumper. After UTEP came away with the ball from a mad scramble, Anete Steinberga hit a layup with 10.0 seconds left to give UTEP the lead and the victory.
Christal Porter had a potential game-winning 19-foot shot at the buzzer that rimmed out.
Kuster had her 10th double double of the season and her sixth 20+ point game of the year. She moved into 4th on Rice's career rebound list with 858, passing Pennie Goff (855).
Reem Moussa set career-highs in minutes played and assists, dishing out five assists in 18 minutes of work.
Megan Shafer had a career-high nine rebounds.
Rice had 17 assists on 20 made field goals during the game, and have earned assists on 33 of 40 (83.5%) of their made field goals in the past two games.
Rice held a ninth opponent this season to under 60 points, but this is the Owls' first loss after holding its opposition to less than 60.
The Owls outscored UTEP 16-10 on bench points.
The Owls travel to Southern Miss for their next game on Sunday, January 27 at 2 p.m. The Owls return home on Feb. 3 as they host UTEP in Tudor Fieldhouse. Tickets can be purchased here.