Nov. 15, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Rice jumped out to an early lead, but could not hold off the No. 24 Tennessee, as the Lady Vols prevailed 101-48 at Thompson-Boling Arena. Jessica Kuster became the 18th Owl to reach 1,000 points for her career in the loss.
The Owls (1-1) and Lady Vols (2-1) traded baskets the first three possessions of the game, before Christal Porter gave the Owls an 8-6 lead at 17:25 of the first half. Jessica Kuster had 12 points in the first 8:18 as Rice went up 22-16 on an Elena Gumbs layup.
Rice held the lead until the 9:06 mark of the first half, when Cierra Burdick hit a jumper for Tennessee to take a 23-22 lead that the Lady Vols would not relinquish. No. 24 Tennessee took a 45-27 lead into the break.
Jessica Kuster became just the eighth Rice player to reach 1,000 career points in her junior season, scoring 16 tonight to give her 1,007 for her career.
Megan Palmer posted 15 points for her first double-digit game in her young career.
The Owls are now 1-3 against the SEC under Greg Williams. The last win for the Owls against a Top 25 team came in 2006-07, when the Owls beat No. 10 Texas A&M.
10,913 fans entered Thompson-Boling Arena, the largest crowd Rice has played in front of since Nov. 22, 2004, when 11,876 fans saw Rice take on Texas Tech.
The Lady Vols scored 100 points on the Owls, the first time the Owls had allowed 100-or-more since Nov. 18, 2005.
Rice senior Jessica Goswitz played in front of 60 friends and family members, and received a large ovation from her hometown crowd as the Knoxville native returned home.
The Owls travel west on I-40 to Cookeville, Tenn., as they take on Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, November 17.