Jan. 17, 2014
Women's Basketball Roars Back From 15 Down To Win In OT
HOUSTON- Rice's women's basketball team rallied back from down 15 points with 7:35 remaining in regulation to force overtime and defeat Marshall 71-61 at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls closed the game on a 29-4 run through the last seven minutes of regulation and overtime.
Marshall Thundering Herd (7-9, 0-3 C-USA at Rice Owls (9-7, 2-1 C-USA)
Game 17 • Saturday, January 18, 2014 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: Rice leads, 5-3
Last Meeting: Rice won, 71-61 OT (2-24-13)
Owls Hosting Marshall
Rice looks to sweep their quick two-game homestand when they host the Marshall Thundering Herd Saturday at 2 p.m. The Owls are coming off an 82-68 triumph over Louisiana Tech and have now won five of their last seven games overall dating back to December. Marshall has lost three consecutive games, all in league play, including a 63-50 loss last time out at North Texas.
Series History vs. Marshall
Rice leads the all-time series versus Marshall, 5-3, with all five victories coming at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls have won three of the past four meetings, including a 71-61 overtime victory last season in Houston. In that contest the Owls rallied from 15 points down with 7:35 remaining in regulation to force overtime.
A Look Back
Rice had their most prolific offensive performance of the season in their victory over Louisiana Tech on Wednesday. They established season-highs in points (82), field goals made (32), field goal percentage (.542) and assists (26). The 82 points were the most scored by an Owls team since their 82-46 victory over Houston Baptist on 12/21/10. The 26 assists were the fourth-most in a single game in Rice history and the most since they dished out 27 back on 2-17-00.
Kuster Sets Rebounding Record
Senior forward Jessica Kuster moved into first place on the Rice career rebounding list with a 15-rebound performance against Louisiana Tech last time out. Kuster moved past Lauren Neaves (1,190 rebounds) early in the second half and will now have at least 14 games to add to her mark. The senior ranks second in C-USA history in career rebounds as well.
Next Up, Scoring Record
As records continue to fall for Kuster, the next milestone is the Rice all-time scoring record. Kuster needs just 19 more points to move into second and surpass former Owl Holly Jones (1,791 points). Kuster, who is averaging 20.1 ppg, is just 79 points shy of the all-time scoring mark currently held by Pat Krieger (1,851 points). Kuster also needs just 11 more made field goals to surpass Holly Jones (638) for first-place all-time in school history in made field goals.
Owls Looking For Best C-USA Start
A win on Saturday would improve the Owls C-USA record to 3-1, which would be their best-ever start since joining the league in 2005. The previous best start for the Owls in league play came in the 2003-04 campaign when they started 3-0 in the WAC.
Maduka Stepping Up
The start of C-USA play seems to have brought the best out in Rice junior guard Nakachi Maduka. The Arlington, Texas native has scored in double-figures in three consecutive games for the first time this season and is averaging 13 ppg while shooting 41 percent from the field. Maduka had been averaging just under five points per game in non-conference play.
Numbers to Know
Rice’s is 9-2 this season when holding opponents to 69 points or less and 9-1 when their opponents shoot below 39 percent. The Owls also own an 8-2 record when they outrebound their opponent.