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Final

Rice 68

(3-3, 1-3 away)

(21) Michigan State 81

(4-1, 4-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 23, 2013

    Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan

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    RICE 30 3868
    #21MSU 32 4981

    Top Performers

    Rice: J. Kuster 19 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Michigan State: B. Mills 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    No. 21 Michigan State defeats Rice 81-68

    Associated Press

    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Becca Mills scored 20 points as No. 21 Michigan State forced 20 turnovers and defeated Rice 81-68 with a breakaway second half on Saturday night.

    Neither team led by more than five points in a close first half, and Rice (3-3) opened the second with a Megan Palmer layup for a 32-32 tie. The Spartans then exploded on a 12-2 run featuring 3-pointers by Klarissa Bell and Kiana Johnson.

    Johnson finished with 15 points, Bell 10 and Annalise Pickrel 14 for Michigan State (4-1).

    The Owls made one more run, cutting the lead to 55-51 at 9:34 on 3-pointers by Alyssa Lang and Elena Gumbs, but Michigan State pulled steadily away 26-17 the rest of the way.

    Jessica Kuster led Rice with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Christal Porter added 12 points, Reem Moussa 11 and Palmer finished with 10.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    RICE
    MSU
    Points 68 81
    FG Made-Attempted 28-56 (.500) 32-61 (.525)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-12 (.500) 4-13 (.308)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-9 (.667) 13-18 (.722)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 10 (0/0)

    Game Leaders

     
    RICE
    MSU
    PointsJ. Kuster 19B. Mills 20
    ReboundsJ. Kuster 13A. Powers 7
    AssistsC. Porter 3K. Johnson 7
    StealsJ. Kuster 3A. Powers 3
    BlocksM. Palmer 1M. Williams 1

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