Nov. 13 C-USA Women's Basketball Recap

Nov. 13, 2010

IRVING, Texas - Defending Conference USA regular-season and tournament champion Tulane opened the 2010-11 season with a 10-point win over South Alabama in New Orleans Saturday afternoon. The UTEP Miners also picked up a 72-57 win over UC Irvine to tip-off the year, while Marshall won its second game, 62-54, over Longwood, host of the Lancer Classic, in Farmville, Va.

UCF dropped to the consolation round of the Preseason WNIT with a 77-67 loss to host Florida. Tulsa lost to defending NCAA DII champion Emporia State, 68-64, inside the Reynolds Center. Rice suffered a one-point loss to Florida International, 66-65, at the World Vision Invitational and will now face host and second-ranked Baylor in Waco, Texas Sunday.

Sat., November 13
Tulane 72, South Alabama 62
UTEP 72, UC Irvine 57
Lancer Classic (Farmville, Va.) - Marshall 62, Longwood 54
Emporia State 68, Tulsa 64
World Vision Invitational (Waco, Texas) - Florida International 66, Rice 65
Preseason WNIT - Florida 77, UCF 67

Fri., November 12
Southern Miss 70, McNeese State 64
World Vision Invitational (Waco, Texas) - Rice 86, Montana State 83
American 72, East Carolina 68
Lancer Classic (Farmville, Va.) - Appalachian State 64, Marshall 55
Missouri 67, Memphis 40
Utah 44, SMU 43

Sun., November 14
East Carolina at Western Carolina 1 p.m.
World Vision Invitational (Waco, Texas)
Rice at #2 Baylor 2:30 p.m.
UT Arlington at Houston 5 p.m.
Florida A&M at UAB 6 p.m.

^ Sophomore G Olivia Grayson scored 16 of her game-high 21 points after halftime and the Green Wave shot 50 percent from the field in the second half as Tulane defeated South Alabama, 72-62, in the season opener for both teams Saturday evening in Fogelman Arena. Saturday's game marked the healthy return of senior F Brittany Lindsey - who was limited to just six games last season with a shoulder injury - as well as junior C Brett Benzio - who struggled through an injury-plagued 2009-10 campaign due to a stress fracture in her foot. The duo combined to score 19 points, pull down 15 rebounds and block four shots. Benzio fell one point shy of a double-double with nine points and a team-leading 12 rebounds.



^ Junior G Ashia Patrick scored a game-high 19 points as UCF pushed Florida late in the second half of Saturday's Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament at the O'Connell Center. The Knights stormed back in the final minutes, but could not overcome the deficit, falling to the Gators, 77-67, in the season opener for both teams. Patrick led all scorers with her 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field.

^ Marshall's Tynikki Crook's 13 second half points led the Thundering Herd to a 62-54 victory against Longwood in the final game of the Lancer Classic on Saturday at Willett Hall. Crook finished the night with a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds for her 19th career double-double.

^ Despite four players in double-digit scoring, Rice fell 66-65 to Florida International in the World Vision Classic at the Ferrell Center. Rice was led by junior G D'Frantz Smart's early season-high of 17 points (15 in the second-half), while Brianna Hypolite tallied 15 points.

^ Junior-college transfer Gloria Brown led UTEP with 22 points and 10 rebounds in only 17 minutes of action as the Miners defeated UC Irvine, 72-57, in El Paso. The 22 points rank as the third-highest total for a Miner in her debut. Junior G Dietra Caldwell joined Brown in double digits with 17 points.

^ Sophomore G Taleya Mayberry registered a team-leading 25 points, but it wasn't enough as Tulsa dropped a 68-64 decision to Emporia State at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Freshman F Amanda Mason also scored in double figures for the Golden Hurricane with 13 points.

More information on Saturday's games and your favorite team can be found on the school websites:

East Carolina | Houston | Marshall | Memphis | Rice | SMU | Southern Miss | Tulane | Tulsa | UAB | UCF | UTEP

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