Pennsylvania 54

(1-2, 0-1 away)

Rice 59

(2-1, 2-0 home)

    3:30 PM ET, November 26, 2005

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    PENN 21 3354
    RICE 27 3259

    Rice 59, Pennsylvania 54

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Lauren Neaves scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds as Rice disposed of Penn 59-54 Saturday in the first round of the Husky Classic.

    Rice (2-1) will play the winner of Saturday's late game between Washington and San Diego (1-2) in Sunday's championship game. Penn (1-2) will play the loser of that game in Sunday's consolation contest.

    While Rice led from start to finish, the Owls were never in complete control and never led by more than 10 points.

    Through most of the final four minutes, Penn trailed by just one point, answering each of Rice's baskets.

    Penn center Jennifer Fleischer, scoreless in the first half, finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds as she battled relentlessly to narrow Rice's lead.

    Penn's Monica Nalter, who scored a game-high 19 points, first closed the game to one point with a 3-pointer to cut the game to 51-50 with 4:11 on the clock. Neaves responded by putting back her own shot.

    They traded baskets again before Nalter hit a 16-footer to put the score at 55-54 with 47.1 left.

    Rice took the lead for good when forward Krystal Frazier was fouled by Nalter with 23.1 remaining. Frazier hit both free throws, and added two more on Rice's next possession to seal the game.

    Rice broke open a 9-0 lead in the opening six minutes, slapping on a stifling full court press and holding Pennsylvania to 28 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

    But even when Rice's lead swelled to 10 points with just over four minutes remaining in the half, the Quakers kept pace, scoring on an Ashley Grey low-post turnaround jumper with 1:10 left that closed the gap to 25-21.

    Rice took a 27-21 advantage into the break, led by guard Kadie Riverin's nine points on 4-for-5 shooting. Riverin finished with 13 points and four assists.

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