Jan. 7, 2014
Rice Owls (7-6, 0-0 C-USA) at FIU Panthers (6-7, 0-0)
Game 14 • Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • 5 p.m. (CT)
Miami, Florida • U.S. Century Bank Arena(5,000)
Audio: RiceOwls.com • TV: None • Stream: FIUsports.com
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Series Record: FIU leads, 3-0
Last Meeting: FIU W 66-65 (11-13-10)
FIU Edges Rice 66-65
Despite four players in double-digit scoring, the Rice women's basketball team fell 66-65 to Florida International in the World Vision Classic at the Ferrell Center on the Baylor campus. Rice (1-1) was led by junior guard D'Frantz Smart's early season-high of 17 points (15 in the second-half), while Brianna Hypolite tallied 15 points. Freshman Jessica Kuster scored in double-digits for the first time in her career with 11 points and sophomore guard Jessica Goswitz contributed 10 points.
Let the C-USA Games Begin
The Rice Owls open the 2014 Conference USA portion of their schedule on Wednesday, beginning with FIU in Miami at 5 p.m. (CT). Since moving to C-USA in 2005-06, the Owls hold a 2-6 record in C-USA openers.
Briefly On The Owls
Rice closed out the non-conference season with a 72-57 victory in their first ever meeting against Incarnate Word, finishing with a winning record of 7-6. It marked the first time the Owls won back-to-back games since they started the season 2-0 with wins over Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.
Rice vs. FIU
The Panthers have beaten the Owls in all three of the career matchups, including a 66-65 win over Rice back in 2010 at the Baylor Tournament. In that contest, then freshman Jessica Kuster came off the bench to score 11 points and grab nine rebounds.
Rice will have their hands full trying to stop the nation’s second-leading scorer in FIU senior guard Jerica Coley. Coley enters play on Wednesday averaging 28.7 points per game while shooting 42 percent from the floor. The Owls already faced the nation’s leading scorer in Baylor’s Odyssey Sims (30.8 ppg), making them the only team this season to face the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 scorers this season.
Kuster Moves Up Scoring Chart
Rice senior forward Jessica Kuster continues to shatter milestones along her illustrious career, the latest coming in last Friday’s win over IWU when she moved past both Marla Brumfield and Lauren Neaves to move into third place on the Rice all-time scoring list (1,712). Next up for Kuster is Holly Jones, who is second all-time with 1791 career points.
Contributions From Everyone
For a seventh consecutive game the Rice bench outscored their opponents following a dominant 34-3 edge against IWU. Goodwine scored a career-high 16 points and Maya Adetula chipped in eight as well as the Owls top contributors off the bench. The Owls have outscored their foes 190-86 during that seven game span.
Goodwine Named C-USA Freshman of the Week
Rice freshman forward Jasmine Goodwine was named C-USA Freshman of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Goodwine came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points in last Friday’s 72-57 victory over Incarnate Word. Goodwine backed up a previous career-high set on Dec. 29 at Lamar (13 points) with a highly efficient 6-of-9 shooting performance versus Incarnate Word and made 4-of-5 free throws in just 22 minutes. For the season the Killeen, Texas native is averaging 6.4 points per game and 4.8 rebounds in 22 minutes. Over the past four games Goodwine is averaging 11 points per contest while shooting 59 percent from the field. Goodwine is the first Owl to be named Freshman of the Week this season and the first since sophomore Megan Palmer took home the honors on Dec. 12, 2012.
Following Wednesday's game at FIU, the Owls will travel to Boca Raton to face Florida Atlantic before returning home to host Louisiana Tech on Jan. 15 in the conference home opener.