Dec. 30, 2011
San Antonio - Sophomore Jessica Kuster did not disappoint her hometown fans.
The San Antonio native and Reagan H.S. product scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds to lead Rice in a convincing 71-46 road win over UTSA Friday night. The Owls even their record at 6-6, while the Roadrunners drop to 4-9.
It also marked Kuster's team-leading seventh double-double of the season in 35 minutes of action. Kuster also blocked a season-high 5 shots with a steal. Her previous career-high rebounds was 20 last season vs. UAB (Jan. 23, 2011).
UTSA was led by Judy Jones' 16 points off the bench, while Kamra King added 11 points.
Rice was up 18-16 (6:09) when it proceeded to go on an 8-0 run for a 26-16 lead (4:27) for its biggest lead of the half. The Owls were also ahead 28-18, before UTSA made four throws to cut the deficit.
The Owls ended the half up 31-23 with only 9 turnovers and outrebounded the Roadrunners 24 to 15. Rice shot 37.5 percent (12-32) and held UTSA to only 30.8 percent (8-26).
Jessica Kuster led Rice with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the first 20 minutes.
Another McKinney bucket and two free throws from Kuster pushed the Owl lead to 14 at 52-38 (7:07). Rice then went on an 9-0 run for a commanding 21-point lead (61-40) at 4:47.
Rice closed the game on a 10-2 run for the final margin at 71-46. The 25-point victory is the third largest of the season for Rice.
The Owls shot 42 percent in the second half and finished the game at 40 percent (26-65) to UTSA's 30.2 percent (16-53). Rice also outrebounded the Roadrunners 51 to 30.
The Owls are in action on January 2 when they pay a visit to Lamar (7 p.m.).