Box Score Feb. 27, 2016
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HOUSTON -- Brooke Pumroy and Brandi Wingate combined to score 50 points but it was the Louisiana Tech defense that faltered as the Rice Owls prevailed 84-77 at Tudor Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon in Conference USA action.
With the loss, Tech (14-13, 9-7 C-USA) remains alone in fifth place in the league standings, but missed out on an opportunity to move into a tie with Charlotte for fourth place. The 49ers fells at UTEP 94-91 in double overtime to UTEP.
Tech saw Rice shoot 53 percent (28-53) from the field in the game as the Owls scored a season-high in points.
"We lost this game on the defensive end of the floor," said Tech head coach Tyler Summitt. "Rice does a great job of running their offense so give them credit. However, we allowed them to get way too many paint points. They also hit some tough shots time after time with the shot clocking running down so give them credit."
After Pumroy gave Tech a 3-0 lead with the first of her six three-pointers early in the opening quarter, Rice scored six straight points to lead 6-3. Pumroy tied it again with her second three-pointer but the Owls then scored eight straight and never trailed again.
For the second straight game Tech found itself in early foul trouble as the Lady Techsters were whistled for a total of 30 fouls in the game. Tiara Davenport was the lone Techster to foul out but five other Techsters ended the game with four fouls each.
Rice led 20-11 late in the first quarter before Pumroy hit a jumper with 12 seconds to play and Wingate beat the buzzer with a 25-footer, cutting the Owls advantage to 20-16. Rice shot 59 percent (17-29) from the field in the opening half and converted 10 LA Tech turnovers into 20 points, taking a 44-36 lead into the halftime locker room.
Tech opened the second half strong, hitting its first four shots from the field, including a three-point play by Pumroy with 6:39 to play in the third quarter cutting the deficit to 51-48. Wingate then followed with a conventional three-point play of her own four minutes later to tie the game at 57-57, the first tie since it was 6-6.
However, Rice would answer, outscoring Tech 7-2 over the final two minutes of the quarter to take a 64-59 lead into the final frame.
The fourth quarter was all uphill for Tech as the Lady Techsters shot only 28 percent (4-14) from the field while allowing Rice to shoot 60 percent (6-10). Despite the tough shooting, Pumroy's sixth three-pointer of the game with 31 seconds to play cut the deficit to 80-77. However, Rice would hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Pumroy's 27-point performance was a career-high, surpassing her previous career-high of 21 against DePaul in 2013-14 and against North Texas Thursday. Her six three-pointers were tied for the ninth most in a game in program history.
Wingate finished the game with 23 points and nine rebounds, her Conference USA leading 14th 20-plus point performance of the season. Kierra Anthony added 10 points while Reauna Cleaver added nine points and seven rebounds.
Shani Rainey led Rice with 26 points while Maya Hawkins added 25 points.
The Lady Techsters return to action Thursday when they host Marshall at 6:30 p.m.