Feb. 3, 2013
HOUSTON ----- The UAB women’s basketball team tallied its second-lowest point total of the season as Rice snapped a five-game losing streak in a 61-53 win at Tudor Fieldhouse on Sunday.
UAB (13-7, 4-3 Conference USA) shot just 35.1 percent for the game (20-of-57), while Rice (10-11, 2-6 C-USA) connected on a season-high 24-of-35 at the free throw line.
Sunday’s loss marks the first time UAB has dropped a conference contest on the road this season. The Blazers are now 3-1 away from Bartow Arena with wins at UCF, UTEP and Marshall.
Rice junior forward Jessica Kuster scored a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while UAB junior forward Ashley Grimes posted a game-high 20 points in the loss.
UAB came out sluggish in the first half, as Rice jumped out to an 11-2 lead with just under 17 minutes remaining in the period.
The Owls used UAB turnovers and strong free-throw shooting to build as much as a 16-point advantage, 25-9, with 7:08 left before the break. Rice finished with a 12-for-17 clip from the charity stripe and forced 11 Blazer miscues in the first half.
Down by 16, UAB responded with a 7-0 run to climb back in the game and get within single digits at the half, 30-21.
It was much of the same in the final period, however, with Rice extending its advantage to as much as 18 after Alyssa Lang’s two free-throws at the 5:24 mark made it a 54-36 Owl advantage.
UAB fought back in the final minutes, getting within six, 59-53, and just eight seconds to go before the Owls hung on for the win.
Rice out-rebounded the Blazers, 49-35, including a 34-23 advantage on the defensive glass. UAB has been out-rebounded in five of its seven losses this season.
UAB now faces SMU on the road this Thursday. Tip time for that contest is slated for 7 p.m. CT.