Lauren Neaves had 27 points and 18 rebounds, leading Rice to a 73-70 win over No. 14 Texas Tech last night in Houston.

Rice (1-1) trailed through the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second before rallying to tie the score at 43.

The Lady Owls went on an 18-7 run over the next six minutes. Neaves scored eight points in the burst. Kadie Riverin, who finished with 13 points, made a layup with 3 minutes 33 seconds remaining to give Rice its biggest lead at 61-50.

Krystal Frazier shot 5 for 6 from the line in the final minute and Neaves hit two free throws with 18 seconds left to help preserve the victory.

LaToya Davis scored 26 points, Judith Smith added 14 and Alesha Robertson 13 for the Lady Raiders (1-2).

Tech is playing without second-team all-Big 12 guard Chesley Dabbs, who is out for the season after having surgery on her left knee Nov. 10.

* GEORGE MASON 71, HOWARD 49: Forward Moni Akintunde scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Patriots defeat the visiting Lady Bison.

George Mason guard Keyhana Wakefield added 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Patriots (2-0) won despite committing 21 turnovers and going 0 for 11 from three-point range. Mason outrebounded Howard 65-40. Christina Aden paced the Lady Bison (0-2) with 13 points.

* TENNESSEE 92, CHATTANOOGA 50: Shanna Zolman scored 20 points and Candace Parker added 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the second-ranked Lady Vols (2-0) in Knoxville, Tenn. The win was Tennessee's 14th straight over the Lady Mocs (1-2).

* GEORGIA 80, TCU 51: Megan Darrah scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half to lead the No. 11 Lady Bulldogs (2-1) in Fort Worth. The victory avenged Georgia's one-point loss last season to Texas Christian (1-1).

* OHIO STATE 85, E. KENTUCKY 38: Jessica Davenport had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Brandie Hoskins added 25 points to lead the No. 4 Buckeyes over the visiting Lady Colonels in the season opener for both teams.

* NORTH CAROLINA 87, LIBERTY 36: Ivory Latta scored 20 points to lead the No. 7 Tar Heels (2-0) at home. The Lady Flames (1-1) connected on just 10 of 53 attempts (18.9 percent) from the field.

* TEXAS 83, SAM HOUSTON STATE 33: In Austin, Ashley Lindsey scored 15 points and Erneisha Bailey added 10 to help the No. 18 Longhorns in a rout.