Feb. 26, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Despite a night in which senior forward Jessica Kuster set four milestones, the Rice women's basketball team was unable to overcome a slow start in a 66-52 loss to the North Texas Mean Green at Tudor Fieldhouse Wednesday evening.
Kuster joined a list of only 137 players in NCAA Division I history by eclipsing the 2,000 career points-1,000 career rebounds club and is only the second player in Conference USA history to accomplish the feat. The San Antonio, Texas native, who needed just six points coming into play, finished the evening with 26 points and 17 rebounds for her C-USA record tying 65th career double-double and her 12th consecutive double-double this season.
Kuster tied former TCU Horned Frog Sandora Irvin's total of 65 career double-doubles for the top conference mark and is now in a three-way tie for 16th all-time in NCAA Division I history in career double-doubles. In the process Kuster (2,020 career points) also set a unique mark by becoming the Rice basketball all-time leading scorer, women or men, surpassing the 2,014 career points by former Owl Mike Harris (2001-05).
Kuster, who is now up to 567 points this season, also surpassed Pat Krieger for the single-season scoring record (555) set 34 years ago in the 1979-80 campaign.
Rice (12-16, 5-9) dropped their fifth straight home game in a contest in which they never led and fell behind 13-2 in the first six minutes of the first half. The Owls managed to cut the deficit to 26-22 with 2:43 remaining in the opening half but never got any closer.
Three players scored in double-figures for the Mean Green (12-15, 6-8), including a team-high 19 points from Briesha Wynn (8-of-12 from the field), who also snagged 11 rebounds for a double-double. Laura McCoy also chipped in 14 points and hurt the Owls with four made three-pointers on 10 attempts.
The Owls shot just 33 percent from the field for the contest and were 3-of-15 from three-point territory. Rice fell to 2-11 when they fail to score 60 points and lost for just the fifth time this season when they outrebound (43-39) their opponents.
Rice will return home to face UTEP on Saturday at 11 a.m. on senior day when the Owls will honor Kuster with a pre-game ceremony as their lone senior. The 2013-14 home finale will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.