Feb. 12, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - Jessica Kuster and Christal Porter became the first pair of Rice teammates to record a double-double in the same game since last season to help the Owls women's basketball team snap a five-game losing streak with a 75-59 victory Wednesday evening at Tulsa.
Rice (11-12, 4-6) won their second conference road game of the season by scoring 70 plus points for the first time since Jan. 18 in their overtime victory over Marshall. The Owls shot 48.4 percent (30-of-62) from the field while holding the Golden Hurricane (10-11, 4-6) to just a 34 percent (23-of-67) clip. Rice also improved to 10-3 on the season when they outrebound their opponent with a 44-38 edge on Wednesday.
Kuster moved into sole possession of second place in career double-doubles in C-USA history with the 61st of her career and 20th this season. The senior put up a monster line of 24 points (9-of-18 from the field, 6-of-6 at the free throw line), 11 rebounds, a career-high seven assists, three blocks and two steals. The San Antonio, Texas native also set her fourth record this season by moving past former Owl Holly Jones for career made free throws, surpassing the previous record of 515 makes.
Kuster scored 16 of her game-high 24 points in the second half and fell just one point shy of becoming the Owls all-time leader in career 25-plus point games.
Porter, a junior from Germantown, Tenn., recorded the fifth double-double of her career and first this season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Ironically it marked the first time the Owls had two players in double-doubles since last season against the same Tulsa team on Jan. 13, 2013.
Sophomore forward Megan Palmer nearly became the third Owl to record a double-double but finished just shy with eight points and nine rebounds in her first start since Jan. 8.
Rice led from start to finish and held a lead as large as 21 points with 3:23 left in the second half.
Rice jumped out to a 25-11 lead with 7:50 remaining in the first half by making 10 of their first 22 shots from the field while holding Tulsa to just 22 percent (5-of-23) shooting during that span. The Owls took a 35-26 lead into halftime, which marked the most points Rice had scored in the opening half in their last six contests.
Christal Porter led Rice with nine first half points on 4-of-6 shooting while Kuster had eight points and a team-best seven rebounds. Megan Palmer, making her first start since Jan. 8, also had a solid opening half with six points and six rebounds.
The Owls had a 26-18 edge in rebounds in the opening half and shot 48 percent from the field as a team.
Rice will next return home to host UTSA on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse in the Play 4 Kay game.
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