HOUSTON – Ivy Brown tallied her 30th career double-double with 16 points and 13
rebounds and Tashia Brown added a game-high 23 points, but WKU could not overcome a
strong fourth quarter from Rice in a 73-58 setback inside Tudor Fieldhouse on
The Lady Toppers (18-6, 9-2 C-USA) had their six-game winning streak snapped with
the defeat. WKU capitalized off 14 Rice (18-4, 8-2 C-USA) turnovers, scoring 19
points off the giveaways, but was unable to overcome shooting just 25 percent
(8-of-32) from the field in the second half.
Tashia Brown, a C-USA Player of the Year candidate, finished 8-for-11 from the
charity stripe and added four rebounds and a pair of assists. Ivy Brown pulled down
13 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end of the floor, and knocked down six
of her 13 shots on the afternoon.
Erica Ogwumike led the way for Rice with a double-double of 19 points and 15
rebounds. Gabrielle Stanton (18 points) and Lauren Grigsby (12) joined her in double
After the first six minutes of the game, Rice jumped out to a 10-6 lead behind six
early points from Erica Ogwumike. Despite the early deficit, WKU fought back with 10
unanswered points to take its first lead of the night. Three-pointers from Dee
Givens and Whitney Creech keyed the run for the Lady Toppers, and Ivy Brown’s layup
with 1:26 on the clock put WKU ahead, 16-10.
WKU maintained its edge through the end of the first quarter, but an 8-0 run that
spanned into the second frame by the Owls erased the Lady Topper lead. Back-to-back
triples from Olivia Ogwumike and Sydne Wiggins put Rice up 22-18 before Tashia
Brown’s free throw with 8:39 remaining halted the run and pulled WKU back within one
The Lady Toppers briefly retook a 23-22 lead just over one minute later, but Rice
fired off another 8-0 run to build its largest lead of the day to that point. WKU
was able to trim the lead back to two points with 3:46 left before the halftime
break but was not able to get any closer as the Owls carried a 39-34 lead into the
Throughout the third quarter, the two sides remained within single digits of each
other except for one occasion when Rice’s Grigsby put the Owls up 51-40 with 3:48
left. Ivy Brown immediately answered with a three-pointer for the Lady Toppers, and
WKU closed the gap to four points on Creech’s jumper with under 30 seconds heading
into the fourth quarter.
After Rice rebuilt an 11-point lead just under three minutes into the final frame,
five quick points from Tashia Brown pulled WKU back within six points, 60-54.
Despite strong play down the stretch, WKU was unable to close the gap any further as
Rice claimed the 73-58 win.
Following Saturday’s tilt, WKU will renew its rivalry with Middle Tennessee for the
72nd time in program history next Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Murfreesboro,
Tenn. Earlier this season, WKU picked up a 57-43 win over the Blue Raiders in
Bowling Green and has won each of the last four meetings in the series dating back
to Feb. 25, 2016, despite a 41-30 Middle Tennessee lead in the series.
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