Jan. 15, 2014
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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