RUSTON, La. (AP) _ Amber Obaze scored 20 points and Cheryl Ford had 12 points and eight rebounds as No. 8 Louisiana Tech beat Rice 88-42 Saturday night.

Tech (14-3, 9-0 Western Athletic Conference) shot 53 percent in the first half while holding Rice (13-5, 7-2) to 17 percent. Tech led 46-13 at the break.

The Lady Techsters shot 56 percent in the game and outrebound the Owls 48-31.

Erica Smith had 13 points for Tech and Ayana Walker had nine points and eight rebounds. Obaze, Brooke Lassiter and Essence Perry each had five assists.

Kara Liggett scored 14 points for Rice and Daneesh McIntosh had 10 points and nine rebounds.