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Jessica Kuster had 22 points and 14 rebounds

Feb. 10, 2013

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HOUSTON- Despite 22 points and 15 rebounds from Jessica Kuster, Rice's women's basketball team fell 53-51 to Houston in a closely fought contest. Kuster moved into eighth on Rice's all-time scoring list and third in career rebounding during the game.

"Give Houston credit, they fought back," said Rice Head Coach Greg Williams. "Porsche Landry had a great second half, we struggled to guard her, and she stepped up."

The Owls took a 31-24 lead into halftime, and led by as many as 14 in the second half. With Rice up one with 2:09 remaining, Megan Palmer hit two free throws to put the Owls up three, but Porsche Landry immediately answered with a game-tying 3-pointer.

Marche' Amerson scored the eventual game-winning basket with 1:21 to play. The Owls had a chance to win the game with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but missed as Houston sealed victory.

Kuster scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first half, on the way to 22 points and 15 rebounds in the game. She registered her 12th double double of the season and her eighth 20+ point game of the season. Kuster, with 1345 career points, passed Kirra Jordan (1329, 1997-2000) for eighth on Rice's career scoring list, and passed Holly Jones (889, 1985-87) with 895 career rebounds for third at Rice all-time. Kuster increased her rebound average to 10.1 in the game, and is now averaging a double double for the year.

Christal Porter had 11 rebounds, her fourth double digit rebounding game of the season. She matched her career-high with four steals.

Rice outscored Houston 16-9 on second chance points and 13-9 on bench scoring.

The Owls return to action on Thursday, February 14 at 7 p.m. at Tulane. Rice returns home on Thursday, Feb. 21 to host UCF at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for the UCF game here.





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