Jan. 29, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Senior forward Jessica Kuster forever etched her name in Rice women's basketball lore by surpassing Pat Krieger's 32-year-old all-time scoring record in a 62-55 loss to Tulane Wednesday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Kuster entered play Wednesday needing just 14 points to move into first all-time on the Rice scoring list and the San Antonio, Texas native delivered those 14 points on the dot, making history at the 3:23 mark of the second half with a made three-pointer to break the record with 1,852 career points.
In the process Kuster recorded her 17th double-double of the season and the 58th of her career, moving her into a tie for 30th all-time in NCAA Division I history. Along with the 14 points, Kuster also pulled down 14 rebounds.
Rice (10-10, 3-4) lost their third consecutive game despite making a late push to cut an 11-point second half deficit down to 56-52 with 2:58 remaining but the Green Wave (15-5, 6-1) was able to stave off the Owls push by outscoring Rice 6-3 the final three minutes.
Owls freshman guard Maya Hawkins was Rice's second leading scorer with 10 points.
Tulane had three players score in double-figures, led by a game-high 16 points from Jamile Kaplan. The Green Wave outscored Rice 28-18 in points in the paint and had a 22-16 advantage in bench points.
Rice shot just 35 percent from the field and made just 12-of-21 free throw attempts in the loss while Tulane shot the ball at a 43 percent clip from floor.
Rice managed to enter halftime tied with Tulane, 28-28, despite shooting just 38 percent from the field and 47 percent (7-of-15) at the free throw line.
Hawkins led the Owls with a team-high eight points in the first half, connecting on 3-of-8 shots from the field and two made three-pointers. Kuster was held to just five points but did snag seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
Tulane scored 18 of their 28 first half points in the paint and outscored the Rice bench, 12-8.
The Owls will look to snap their skid on Saturday when they host Southern Miss at 2 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.