Houston Roundball Review: Women's Hoops

This is The Houston Roundball Review's (www.TheHRR.com) blog to discuss women's basketball. The HRR began in 1994 and has been media credentialed to cover college and pro hoops since 1997. Member of the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Coogs' Solid Effort Not Enough versus Horned Frogs - with VIDEO

HOUSTON, TX (Hofheinz Pavilion) -- The Houston Cougars faced a very good Texas Christian University team Thursday afternoon without Courtney Taylor -- UH's best player; however, based on the Coogs' very solid effort, you could hardly tell Taylor wasn't playing in the game. Unfortunately, the solid effort was not enough as the Horned Frogs edged the Cougars 66-61 in front of 505 fans on Fan Appreciation Day.

TCU's Helena Sverrisdottir led all scorers with 26 points. Sverrisdottir scored from deep; she scored in the post; she initiated the offense; and, she pulled down six rebounds; and blocked one shot in 36 minutes of action.

"Overall, I'm really pleased, said Houston head coach Joe Curl after the game. "Starting with our effort. I just felt like we played really hard and played against a really good basketball team."

Houston's Lesslee Mason scored four straight points to give the Cougars a 14-13 lead at the 10:21 mark of the first half. Brittany Mason hit a short jump shot; and, Megan scored a putback layup to put the Cougars ahead 18-13 with 8:48 remaining in the half.

TCU tied the game at 23 on a three-point basket by TK LaFleur; then, Sverrisdottir scored a layup to give the Horned Frogs a lead they would not relinquish. The Horned Frogs closed out the first half with a 11 to 2 to lead Houston 34-25 at halftime.

At one point in the first half, Houston held a 17 to 8 rebounding edge which helped keep them close to TCU.

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TCU (9-3) increased the lead to 14 points (42-28) on a three-point bucket from Sverrisdottir; however, the Cougars methodically trimmed down their deficit.

Houston sophomore point guard scored nine points in an 18 to 8 UH run to pull the Cougars within four points (50-46) with 9:42 left in the ball game.

"I was more aggressive today," Landry said. "I was trying to push the ball more and get everybody involved."

Landry finished the game with a team-high 19 points; five rebounds; three assists and three steals.

Houston's run continued as Roxana Button drained a three-point shot to pull UH within one point (52-51) with 8:05 on the game clock.

Sverrisdottir then six straight points for the Horned Frogs ssanced around Button's splitting two free throws to make the score 58-52 TCU with just 4:26 left in the ball game.

Landry hit a jump shot; but, teammate Jasmine Johnson split two more free throws to help TCU keep the Cougars at arms length.

TCU's Emily Carter then got a very lucky roll on a tough jump shot to put the Horned Frogs ahead 60-55 at the 3:43 mark.

The Cougars pulled within one point by making four straight free throws; however, with the shot clock winding down to zero seconds, TCU's TK LaFleur rolled in a tough jump shot off an inbounds lay to stretch the lead to three points (62-59) with 1:11 on the clock.

Jasmine Johnson missed a tough driving layup; then, with 44 seconds remaining, LaFleur split two foul shots. Landry drained a jumper to trim UH's deficit to 63-61 with 29 seconds remaining.

However, Emily Carter made two free throws; then, Houston's Brittney Scott followed with a missed jumper and Carter was fouled and she split two free throws to close out the scoring. Carter scored 17 points (5 for from the field, 5 for 6 on free throws) in the game.

Scott scored 12 points for Houston; however, she struggled from the field making just three of her 18 shot attempts.

"I don't feel like my shots were falling like they usually do," Scott said. "So, I tried to drive. I only went to the line once or twice. I think I played an okay game. I know I've had better. I know I could have had a better game if I would have drove (to the basket) at the beginning of the game and get my shot going at least. I tried to pick it up on the defensive end since my shots didn't fall like they usually do."

Houston (6-7) takes a few days off before starting Conference USA play next weekend on the road versus Tulane (January 8) and UTEP (January 10).

Scott believes the Cougars are ready for C-USA play.

"I think we're ready. I know we're ready physically. I think it will be more being ready mentally and stepping up to the challenge."

Landry added, "Yes, we're ready."

Coach Curl summarized, "I certainly feel better today about where we're at than I did maybe yesterday or the day before before we've coached the kids up to get ready to play and compete for 40 minutes."
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Owls' Strong Second Half Halts Hofstra -- with VIDEO

HOUSTON, TX (Tudor Fieldhouse) -- The Rice Owls used a 52 point second half explosion to race past Hofstra 90-71 Wednesday night in front of a small, vocal crowd of 377 fans.

Hofstra led the Owls 39-38 at halftime; however, after both teams went back-and-forth the first eight minutes of the second half, Owls' freshman Zoe Rogers hit a three-point shot to break open a 54 all tie and kick start a 28 to 5 Owls' run to blow the game wide open.

Rogers scored seven points in the game and her low post defense helped slow down the Hofstra Pride's front court dominance from continuing in the second half.

The Owls (4-7) outscored the Pride's bench 23 to 9.

"That kept us in the game," said Owls head coach Greg Williams.

"It's a great feeling knowing that your bench can produce," added Owls' sophomore point guard D'Frantz Smart.


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Smart scored a team-high 24 points (5 for 8 from the field, 12 for 14 from the foul line) in the game and added a game-high seven assists.

Jackie Stanley, Owls starting forward, added 20 points (8 for 13 from the field) and five rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.

"I got hot," Stanley said. "We were just playing well. We were running well. Once we get in the flow, I think, it's hard to get us out of it."

Hofstra (7-5) was led by a game-high 30 points from freshman forward Shante Evans. Candice Bellocchio added 35 points and five assists while Jess Fuller chipped in with 10 points.

The Owls shot 56.0% (28 for 50) from the field for the ball game including a very efficient and effective 66.7% (8 for 12) from three-point range.

Junior post Morgan Mayse added 10 points and six rebounds for the Owls; Megan Elliott produced eight points and four boards off the bench; and, senior point guard Shyrelle Horne added three points, three rebounds, and five assists in 13 minutes off the bench.

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"We attacked their zone very well," Coach Williams touted. "I keep thinking we're better shooters because we shoot so many threes (in practice)."

"That's a very solid team that we beat," Williams summarized. "This was, by far, our best performance."

The Owls have won two straight ball games and head to the road to play George Washington this Saturday, January 2, at 11 a.m.
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Monday, December 28, 2009

Aggies Rout Prairie View -- with VIDEOS

COLLEGE STATION, TX (Reed Arena) -- The #10 Texas A&M Aggies started slowly Monday night versus the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers; but, the Aggies amped up the defense and overwhelmed the Lady Panthers 89-48 in front of 4,059 fans gathered inside Reed Arena.

PV's head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke did not mince any words after the game, "I thought we got out played by the number 10 team in the country. Texas A&M proved why they are the number 10 team in the country because they play on both ends of the court. Everybody that stepped on the court contributed. We were just out played tonight. Out hustled and out played."


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After Gaati Werema made a jumper to give PV a 12-10 lead, the Aggies finished the first half with a 33 to 17 run to lead the shorter Lady Panthers 43-29 at halftime.

Aggies' sophomore post Kelsey Assarian started the first game of her career; and, she worked over PV in the first half with a career-high 10 points in the opening 20 minutes. Assarian shot 5 for 6 from the field and grabbed four rebounds in just 14 minutes.

Assarian said, "I felt really good. I just came out there and tried to play the best I could. The starting position is a really big for me -- being the first one of my career. I just tried to play tough."

In the second half, the Aggies went to Danielle Adams in the post early and often; and, Adams responded with 10 points in the first 4:41 minutes. Adams scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the second half.

"I think it was our plan to get the ball inside because they were a lot shorter than us," said Adams after the game.


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Aggies' senior Tanisha Smith produced her second career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Smith also dished out five assists. Smith shot 8 for 14 from the field.

Texas A&M (10-1) outscored Prairie View A&M (3-6) 52 to 32 in the paint. The Aggies shot 43.8% (32 for 73) from the field; but, the Aggies dominated the boards and out rebounded PV 54 to 38. The Aggies also forced 23 PV turnovers.

Gary Blair, Aggies head coach, was pleased he was able to get 15 players time on the court - especially his freshmen.

"I was able to get 15 kids some minutes; and, those kids needed it because I've been playing nine or 10 players. But, those freshmen needed those minutes."

Coach Blair said the time off for the holiday probably contributed to his team's slow start.

"When you haven't played in five or six days, usually your shooting percentage and your free throws go down and your turnovers go up. Generally, that's the way it happens; but, I'll live with 15 turnovers."

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Next up for the Aggies is a Wednesday, December 30, road game versus New Mexico.

"Let's turn the page and get ready for New Mexico. If none of you have ever played in The Pit (New Mexico's home arena), that is the hardest arena I have ever played in in my life is playing a basketball game in front of 10,000. I'm 0 and 1 there; so, I'd like to even up my record there."
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

McCray Leads Kansas Over Cougars -- with VIDEO

HOUSTON, TX (Hofheinz Pavilion) -- The Houston Cougars hosted the #21 Kansas Jayhawks Tuesday night; and, the Jayhawks showed the Cougars why they're ranked. Danielle McCray, All-American senior guard, scored 37 points as KU defeated Houston 89-69 in front of an announced crowd of 463 fans. (The 463 fans may be the largest home crowd for Houston throughout this season. Ironically, most of the fans were cheering for Kansas.)

McCray kicked off the scoring by making a layup off a baseline out of bounds play which the UH coaching staff was screaming for their players to be ready before it happened.

That lapse was symbolic for the Cougars throughout the ball game.

"We got beat by a better basketball team," said Houston head coach Joe Curl. "They outdid us in every phase of the game."

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McCray is extremely talented; but, Houston made life very easy for her in the first half. McCray found herself wide open quite often and she took full advantage. McCray scored 25 points (12 for 13 from the field); grabbed 7 rebounds; dished out 4 assists; and picked up 2 steals -- in the first half. 19 minutes of work.

The Jayhawks shot 66.7% (20 for 30) in the opening 20 minutes and led the Cougars 46-31 at the half. Houston made just 11 of their 29 shot attempts for 37.9%. Brittney Scott led the Cougars with 10 first-half points.

Houston compounded their offensive and defensive struggles by shooting 6 for 14 from the free throw line.

Houston (6-5) continued struggling defending the Jayhawks in the second half as Kansas (9-2) shot 61.3% (19 for 31) from the field.

The Cougars shot better from the field in the second half (46.9%, 15 for 32); but, Houston's poor defense and poor free throw shooting (12 for 24 from the foul line) doomed their chances of getting close to Kansas.

Scott's 22 points led four Houston players in double-figures. Courtney Taylor scored 16; point guard Jasmine Johnson added 14 points; and Brittany Mason scored a career-high 11 points.

After the game, Scott said, "I think we should have come out and played a little bit harder; start out better. Get a better start to the game. I think that would have picked us up more. I think we should have played with more intensity also from the jump."

Mason played solid defense on McCray in the second half; and, in fact, Mason blocked one McCray's shot attempts.

"She's a good player. I remember her from last year (Kansas defeated UH last year in Kansas)," said Mason. "Last night, I couldn't sleep because I was thinking about guarding her."

Twelve Jayhawks played in the game; and, all 12 scored at least two points including six points from Carolyn Davis (Fort Bend Bush HS) and two points from Annette Davis (Bellaire HS).

McCray finished the game making 17 of her 22 field goals (including 3 for 5 from three point range) and pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Houston's next game is on the road, December 28, versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Houston Loses to Princeton -- with VIDEO

HOUSTON, TX (Hofheinz Pavilion) -- The Houston Cougars played the final 24 minutes without star player Courtney Taylor (accidentally elbowed to the right side of her head); were out rebounded by a ton; but, the Coogs managed to claw and stay close to the Princeton Tigers to the end. However, missed free throws and lapses on defense doomed the Cougars and the Tigers pulled away down the stretch for a 71-60 victory in front of a very small (but vocal) crowd of 381 fans.

"We just couldn't quite get over the hump," said Houston head coach Joe Curl. "I felt like the effort was there. I just didn't think we did as good as job defensively as we could have and that we will do in the future."

Princeton (9-2) received double-doubles from sophomore Devona Allgood (21 points and 11 rebounds) and freshman Niveen Rasheed (24 points and 14 rebounds). Allgood made her first eight field goal attempts. Allgood shot 9 for 10 from the field and 3 for 3 from the foul line.

Houston's offense struggled throughout the ball game. Shooters passed up shots while penetrators took shots they normally don't take.

Houston (6-4) trailed Princeton 33 to 26 at the half. The Coogs shot just 34.5% (10 for 29) from the field in the first half while the Tigers weren't much better with their 37.8% (14 for 37) field goal effort. Princeton owned the glass in the first half 29 boards to 15. Eleven of the 29 rebounds came on the offensive glass.


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In the second half, Houston got within two points twice; however, after trailing Princeton 42-40, Houston's offense bogged down and the Coogs' defense couldn't get stops which allowed the Tigers to go on a 24 to 12 to lead 66-52 with just 4:39 on the clock.

Houston's Brittney Scott scored six straight points and teammate Brittany Mason scored a layup to narrow Houston's deficit to just six points (66-60) with 1:13 remaining; however, four missed free throws in the final minute combined with eight missed field goals sealed the Cougars' fate and preserved the Princeton win.

"I think we started off kind of rocky on offense," Scott said after the game. "We should have been driving (to the basket) from the beginning."

The Coogs shot an icy 33.3% (22 for 66) from the field for the game.

Scott led the Cougars with a team-high 23 points (8 for 20 from the field). Lesslee Mason added nine points and 14 rebounds.

Houston returns to action Tuesday, December 22, with a matchup with Kansas. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

48-Hour Sale for Tix to K.C. Regional

All-Session Tickets for the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Kansas City Regional will be specially priced for 48 hours from 10 a.m. CST on Thursday, December 17, until 10 a.m. CST on Saturday, December 19.

The price of the tickets during these 48 hours will be $30, almost a 40 percent discount off the regular price. To purchase tickets, click on the following link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/m6hdhm. The special code is STOCKINSTUFFER. Tickets purchased will be mailed in February.

The Kansas City Regional will be held Sunday and Tuesday, March 28 and 30, 2010, at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Game times will be at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. CST on March 28 and at 8:00 p.m. CST on March 30. The winner of the Kansas City Regional advances to the Women’s Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Aggies Improve to 7-0

UPDATE, 12/09/09, 5:30pm. -- Here's an update to Sydney Colson's knee injury. It's not an ACL injury.


COLLEGE STATION, TX -- The Texas A&M Aggies started slowly Tuesday night versus the undersized North Texas Mean Green; but, the #5 / #10 Aggies took care of business in a HUGE way and routed UNT 108 to 49 in front of 3,144 fans gathered inside Reed Arena.

UNT led the Aggies 9-8 after two free made throws by freshman Jasmine Godbolt with 16:23 left in the first half. Aggies junior post Danielle Adams socred an easy layup to put the Aggies ahead for good 10 to 9. UNT tied the game at 10; however, after Tanisha Smith drained a jumper to give the Aggies a 12 to 10 lead, the Aggies closed the half with a 44 to 12 run to lead the Mean Green 56 to 22 at the break.

The only suspense after halftime was not the final score but the health status of Aggies players.

During the first half, Adams drew an offensive foul on UNT's Tamara Torru and fell to the court and hit her head. Adams suffered a slight concussion; and, she did not return to the game.

Also in the half, sophomore guard Syndey Carter re-injured her right thumb. Carter left the game in tremendous pain; and, she didn't return to the game.

With 11:15 left in the game, Sydney Colson hit a three-point shot to give the Aggies a 50 point lead (77 to 27); however, Colson injured her right knee after the shot. Colson stayed on the court a few minutes in obvious pain to everyone inside Reed Arena. Colson was helped to the bench and then she was taken to see a doctor.

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The status of the injury is not yet known. More will be known Wednesday.

The Aggies (7-0) led by as much as 65 points (102 - 37) in the game. The overmatched Mean Green (3-7) committed 37 turnovers and shot just 25.5% (13 for 51) from the field.

Six different Aggies scored in double figures. Tanisha Smith's 16 points led all scorers. Damitria Buchanan added a career-high 15 points. The Aggies shot 57.0% (45 for 79) from the field and dished out 32 assists on those 45 made baskets.

Next up for the Aggies is a road game Saturday, December 12, versus TCU.
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Monday, December 07, 2009

Owls Sweep C-USA Weekly Honors

The Rice Owls picked up their first two wins of the 2009 - 2010 season over the weekend; and, redshirt sophomore Jackie Stanley and freshman Jessica Goswitz were two reasons for wins.

Today, Conference USA recognized the two of them for their standout play last week:

IRVING, Texas - Rice University swept this week's Conference USA women's basketball weekly award honors, marking the first time this season a program has taken both accolades. After averaging a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds per game junior F Jackie Stanley was selected as the C-USA Player of the Week, while teammate Jessica Goswitz was voted Freshman of the Week. Goswitz averaged seven points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds in Rice's two wins last week.


PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JACKIE STANLEY, RICE
6-2, Jr., F (Wylie, Texas/Kansas State)

Stanley led Rice to its first two victories of the season by averaging a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds per game. For her efforts she was selected as the MVP of the Gene Hackerman Invitational. She had a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes vs. UT-Pan American and followed that with a career and game-high 36 points and career and game-high 14 rebounds vs. Sam Houston State in the championship game. Stanley's 36 points, 14 field goals made and 26 attempted was a C-USA single-game weekly best as well as her .889 (8-of-9) performance from the free throw line. This is Stanley's first Player of the Week honor.


FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

JESSICA GOSWITZ, RICE
5-5, Fr., G (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Goswitz averaged seven points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds in Rice's two wins last week. She led the Owls with nine assists and a team-high five steals. She scored seven points against both UT-Pan American and Sam Houston State. Goswitz also had six rebounds against SHSU and six assists vs. UTPA. This is her first Freshman of the Week award.
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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Houston Blasts North Texas

HOUSTON, TX (Hofheinz Pavilion) -- The Houston Cougars raced past the North Texas Mean Green throughout the first half and cruised to a 104 to 65 victory in front of a very loud 373 fans Saturday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Houston's junior guard Brittney Scott was unstoppable. Scott scored a career-high 32 points in the ball game; but, 27 of those points came in a scintillating first half!

Scott shot 10 for 15 from the field in the opening 20 minutes including a career-high 5 for 6 from three point range. When Scott wasn't swishing threes and hitting tough pull jump shots, she found time to hand out three assists and pick up two steals.

"Well, I got a phone call from my grandma and she told me all of Orange (Orange, TX) was coming to see me play," Scott said on her motivation before the game. "I couldn't let my grandma down."

Scott added, "I didn't know how many points I had. I was just in the zone. I didn't really see the opponent. I just felt it. I really can't explain it."

Thanks to Scott's 27 first half points, Houston led the Mean Green 58 to 32 at the break. Ironically, North Texas (3-6) led Houston 8 to 4 before the onslaught began.

The game was over and the rout was on.

Six Cougars scored in double figures. The 104 points were the first time Houston had scored 100 plus points since December 1, 2002, in a 106-54 win over Sam Houston State.

The Coogs pushed the ball at every opportunity.

"We watched film and saw that they pressed a lot; so, our objective was to get the ball out as quick as we can," said B-Scott.

Brittany Mason added, "I like running. Period. It was cool with me to hear the coaches say, 'We need to get the ball in. We need to push the ball at all times and it was working. It just keeps us going; and, our adrenaline was flowing, and we just kept running."

After a slow start to the game, Lesslee Mason produced her second double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

"Basically, my job is to rebound," Lesslee said after the game. "Coach tells me to get every rebound possible. Points kind of come with it."

Brittany Mason scored a career-high 10 points for the Coogs; however, Mason said she was "krunk" for Brittney Scott's first half scoring spree.

After losing three straight ball games, Houston (5-3) has won two straight games by a combined 71 points.

"We really needed to focus; get back down to business and get out of that losing streak," Scott said. "The last two opponents had to pay for it."

Houston's next game is on the road versus Texas-San Antonio, Monday, December 7, at noon.
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Lady Tigers Top Texas State

HOUSTON, TX (H&PE Arena) -- The Texas Southern University Lady Tigers picked up their first home win of the season 64 to 57 Saturday afternoon over the Texas State Bobcats.

"It was long over due and much needed," said TSU head coach Yolanda Broughton. "We have to protect home court."

TSU trailed Texas State 31 to 30 at halftime; but, junior forward Jasmine Payne scored five points in the first four minutes of the second half to give TSU a 37 to 36 lead which they would not relinquish.

Texas Southern led the Bobcats (2-3) by as much as nine points (57 to 48) in the final three minutes; however, Texas State freshman guard Diamond Ford (from Hightower High School) scored five points down the stretch to help make the game interesting.

"Our players never let up," Broughton added.

Payne was outstanding in the second half. She scored all 17 of her game-high points in the second half. Payne went to work on the low left block. When she received a pass in the post, she turned over her right shoulder and hit three turnaround jumpers as smooth as silk.

Three other Lady Tigers scored in double figures: 12 points from Nadosha Strickland and 10 points each from Inisha Daughtry and Sierra Highgate.

Teammate Trikeyia East grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Texas Southern (2-4) played without starting point guard Jasmine Cannon.

"We're hoping to have her back in the next couple of days or so," said Coach Broughton.

Highgate (five assists) and freshman Krissica Harper (three assists) did a solid job running the offense.

"My point guards stepped up. I'm really proud of them. They did exactly what we needed."

Texas Southern has a very, very quick turnaround as they travel to Nacogdoches and play Stephen F. Austin Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.
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Friday, December 04, 2009

Owls Get Into Win Column

HOUSTON, TX (Tudor Fieldhouse) -- The Rice Owls did something Friday night they had yet to do this season -- win a ball game. The Owls defeated Texas-Pan American 71-47 in the second game of the Owls' Gene Hackerman Invitational before 445 fans gathered inside Tudor Fieldhouse to get out of the cold.

After trailing the Broncs 8 to 7, Rice freshman forward Brianna Hypolite sparked a 24 to 9 scoring run to give the Owls a 31 to 17 halftime lead. Hypolite swished two consecutive three-point baskets from the same spot on the court during the run and added a layup and a jumper to score 10 points in the first half.

"Brianna Hypolite came off the bench and really gave us a spark in the first half," said Owls head coach Greg Williams after the game. "She hit back-to-back threes that kind of busted the game open. She had by far her best game of the year."

Hypolite finished the game with a team-high tying 18 points in just 19 minutes of action. Teammate Jackie Stanley also scored 18 points. Stanley shot 8 for 13 from the field and pulled down eight rebounds. Junior post Morgan Mayse grabbed a game-high 11 boards for the now 1-6 Owls.

Hypolite's 18 points helped the Owls' bench outscore the Broncs 35 to 5. Owl's sophomore guard Amenemope McKinney added 10 points; five rebounds; three steals; two assists; and one blocked shot in her 22 minutes of action.

"Amenemope McKinney gave us some great minutes off the bench", Williams added.

Owls' senior point guard Shyrelle Horne scored five points during a 17 to 11 spurt to give the Owls a 20 point lead (48 to 28) with 13:44 remaining in the second half.

"Shyrelle has really been playing well. She's leading the team in assists. She got four (assists) tonight with only one turnover. I'm really happy for her. She's really playing at about as a high level as she can her play."

Rice extended the lead to as much as 26 points (61 to 35) in the second stanza.

The Owls limited the Broncs to just 29.6% (16 for 54) field goal shooting while making 40.0% (26 for 65). Rice outrebounded Texas-Pan American 50 to 35 as well.

Owls freshman forward Lacey Neu injured her left knee during the second half. Neu was helped to the bench and left the game on crutches.

"She's a kid we were counting on to contribute to our team," Williams said. "It's tragic; but, we've our had more than our share of injuries here at Rice. My heart goes out to her. That kind of takes the air out of the balloon when a kid goes down."

The Owls will play Sam Houston State Saturday night, at approximately 7:05 p.m., in the championship game of the Gene Hackerman Invitational. The Bearkats (3-3) defeated Jackson State (1-5) 76-60 in the earlier game Friday evening.
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Thursday, December 03, 2009

3 High School Tournaments Taking Place

UPDATE, 12:05pm, 12/04/09 -- The 26th Annual HISD Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament has been cancelled.

According to the Katy ISD website, all extracurricular activities are cancelled beginning at 3:00 p.m. Friday through 9:00 am Saturday.


Three girls high school tournaments / invitationals will begin later today: the HISD Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament; the Katy ISD Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament; and the CTB National High School Invitational.

The HISD Tournament will be held at 7 venues in the Houston area. Thirty-three teams are competing. The championship game will take place Saturday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m. at Butler Fieldhouse.

The Katy Tournament will be held at 7 venues in the Katy area. Twenty-eight teams are competing. The title game will take place Saturday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m. inside the Merrell Center.

This year is the first year for the CTB National Invitational which features seven teams. All the games will be played on Texas Southern University's campus inside the H&PE Arena. The championship game will be Saturday, December 5, at 8:30 p.m. at the H&PE.
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