Nov. 11, 2013Photo Gallery
HOUSTON, Texas - For the first time since the 2008-09 campaign, the Rice Owls women's basketball team is 2-0 to start a season. After an impressive season-opening victory at Prairie View A&M last Friday, the Owls grinded out a 61-54 triumph over Texas Southern in the home opener Monday at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Senior forward Jessica Kuster notched her second double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) of the season Rice (2-0) and the 43rd of her career while junior point guard Reem Moussa posted career-highs in both points (13) and assists (8).
After entering the locker room tied, the Owls outscored the Lady Tigers 35-28 in the second half, making 13-of-26 shots from the floor in the process. Kuster, who played the entire 40 minutes, scored a team-best 10 points in the second half while grabbing six rebounds and collecting two steals.
The Owls were trailing 42-39 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the contest before outscoring the Lady Tigers 22-12 over the remainder of the game.
Rice's bench outscored Texas Southern 16-7 and the Owls won the second-chance battle, 19-10. The Owls won despite committing 28 turnovers that turned into 17 points for the Lady Tigers.
Texas Southern (1-1) was led in scoring by Jazzmin Parker, who scored 15 points on just 5-of-18 shooting.
In the first 10 minutes of the first half the Owls got off to a rough start offensively and found themselves in a 17-6 hole at the 10:41 mark. However, despite committing 15 turnovers in the first 20 minutes the Owls slowly crept back into the game, closing on a 15-5 run over the final seven minutes to tie the game 26-26 entering halftime.
Palmer scored all six of her first half points in the final 1:20, going on an individual 6-0 that included a lefty layup with six seconds remaining to tie the contest. The Owls also got a strong first-half performance from junior guard Reem Moussa, who tied her career-high with seven points in the first 20 minutes.
Parker was the game's leading scorer in the first half with nine points and was one of six Lady Tigers to record a steal (nine total for TSU).
The Owls will next play Thursday, Nov. 14 when they travel to Lake Charles, La. to face McNeese State at 7 p.m.