Nov. 21, 2013
HOUSTON - Jessica Kuster recorded her second-career 20-point, 20-rebound performance with 26 points and a career-high tying 21 rebounds to help lead the Rice Owls women's basketball team to a 77-64 victory Thursday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Rice (3-2) snapped a mini two-game losing streak by shooting a season-high 51 percent from the field while holding Southern (2-2) to just 33 percent shooting.
Kuster shot just 6-of-17 from the floor but made up for that by getting to the free throw line 17 times and converting on 14 of them. The senior from San Antonio, Texas snagged 21 rebounds while playing the entire 40 minutes, tying for the second-best single-game rebounding performance in Rice history with Amelia Cooper (21 vs. McNeese State, 1988) and herself (21 at UTSA, 2011).
Jasmine Jefferson led the Jaguars with 14 points while Britney Washington chipped in 13.
Rice outscored Southern 39-30 in the second half and outscored the Jaguars 13-6 over the final five minutes to break open just a 64-58 advantage with just under five minutes to play.
The Owls got off to perhaps their best offensive start in any game this season, making eight of their first 10 shots en route to an 18-10 lead. During that stretch the Owls assisted on six of the eight made shots. Rice built a first half lead as large as 38-24 with just 1:57 remaining before Southern responded with a 10-0 run of their own to cut the lead to just 38-34 going into halftime.
Kuster recorded her double-double in the first 20 minutes with a team-best 10 points and 10 rebounds. Moussa chipped in eight points on 2-of-3 shooting and 4-of-4 at the free throw line and Maduka scored seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.
The Owls were outscored 16-5 off the bench by the Jaguars, which included a team-high seven points from Washington. Southern shot just 38 percent from the field in the opening half but made up for it with a 7-of-8 performance at the charity stripe.
Rice will make a quick turnaround when they travel to East Lansing, Michigan on Saturday to face No. 21 Michigan State (3-1). That game is set to tipoff at 6:30 p.m. (CT).
Women's Basketball to Host UTRGV in WBI...
03/17/2017 - After recording their first postseason victory since 2006, the Rice Owls women’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday when they host...
Owls Advance to Quarterfinals of WBI
03/16/2017 - The Rice Owls women’s basketball team recorded the team’s first postseason victory since 2006 by defeating Lamar 73-72 in the first...
Owls to Host Lamar in Opening Round of WBI
03/13/2017 - The Rice women’s basketball team’s season continues as it has accepted an invitation to play in the eighth annual Women’s...
Owls Fall in Quarterfinals to No. 2 Middle...
03/09/2017 - The No. 10 seeded Rice Owls women’s basketball team battled No. 2 seed Middle Tennessee down to the final second in Thursday’s...
Owls Advance to C-USA Quarterfinals with Win...
03/08/2017 - Senior forward Jasmine Goodwine led a balanced offensive attack with a team-high 18 points to help lead the Rice Owls to a 75-63 victory over the...
Owls Face UTSA in Opening Round of C-USA...
03/06/2017 - The 10th seeded Rice Owls women’s basketball team will open up the C-USA Championship with an opening round matchup against the 7th seeded...
Goodwine Named to All-Conference USA Second Team
03/05/2017 - Rice senior forward Jasmine Goodwine was selected to her first All-Conference USA Team, the league office announced Sunday afternoon.
Owls Fall to First Place WKU on Senior Day
03/04/2017 - The Rice Owls women’s basketball team dropped an 80-75 decision to the C-USA regular season champion WKU Lady Toppers Saturday afternoon on...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store