Kuster Breaks Rice Rebounding Record In Win Over LA Tech

Jessica Kuster scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds Wednesday in the Owls win over Louisiana Tech.

Jan. 15, 2014

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HOUSTON, Texas - Rice senior forward Jessica Kuster recorded her 13th double-double of the season and in the process became the Owls all-time leading rebounder in an 82-68 bounce-back victory over the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters Wednesday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.

Kuster led all players with 21 points and 15 rebounds to help Rice (9-7, 2-1) win their C-USA home opener and also passed former Owl Lauren Neaves (2003-07) for first on the school's all-time rebounding list, surpassing the previous record of 1,190. Kuster, who now has 1,194 career boards, is now second in C-USA history in career rebounds and trails only Sandora Irvin (TCU, 2001-05, 1,370 rebounds).

Kuster's historic moment came with 10:44 left in the second half and the senior was recognized for her accomplishment in the following media timeout.

The Owls bounced back from a tough road loss at Florida Atlantic last Saturday by establishing a season-high in total points (82) and assists (26) on Wednesday. Freshman forward Jasmine Goodwine came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points for Rice on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and also grabbed seven rebounds in just 28 minutes. Junior guard Nakachi Maduka also scored in double-figures (10 points) for a third consecutive game.

Rice led by as many as 22 points late in the second half and never trailed after the 15:48 mark of the first half.

Rice also got a boost from their starting backcourt with junior guard Reem Moussa and freshman guard Maya Hawkins each barely missing out on double-figure scoring performances. The two scored nine points apiece on a combined 6-of-10 shooting and 11 assists.

Louisiana Tech (5-11, 0-3) had three players score in double-figures, including a team-high 21 points from Whitney Frazier.

After falling behind 7-2 in the game's first three minutes, the Owls responded by going on a 21-4 run over that lasted nearly seven minutes. During that stretch Kuster scored seven points while Hawkins chipped in five.

Rice entered halftime with a 39-23 advantage behind 13 points from Kuster and 10 off the bench from freshman Jasmine Goodwine. As a team the Owls shot 49 percent (18-of-33) from the field opposed to just 30 percent (8-of-27) from the Lady Techsters. The Owls also had 13 assists on their 16 made field goals and had a 16-3 scoring advantage from the bench.

The Owls will return home on Saturday, Jan. 18 to host Marshall at 2 p.m.






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