Rice Hands Women's Hoops 61-53 Loss

UAB's Ashley Grimes scored a game-high 20 points in the loss.

Feb. 3, 2013

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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.



Senior Amber Jones joined Grimes as the lone Blazers in double figures with her 15 points and eight rebounds on the day.

UAB now faces SMU on the road this Thursday. Tip time for that contest is slated for 7 p.m. CT.