Owls Face Challenging North Carolina Road Trip
Rice looks to continue hot conference start at ECU on Wednesday
Jan. 21, 2014
Women's Basketball Falls To East Carolina
GREENVILLE, N.C.- The Owls dropped their C-USA opener to East Carolina 60-41 Thursday night in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Maya Adetula led the Owls with a career-high 10 points.
Rice Owls (10-7, 3-1 C-USA) at East Carolina Pirates (15-2, 3-1 C-USA)
Game 18 • Wednesday, January 21, 2014 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Greenville, North Carolina • Minges Coliseum (8,000)
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Series Record: Series tied, 5-5
Last Meeting: ECU won, 60-41 (1/10/13)
On The Road Again
Following a successful homestand, the Rice Owls venture away from home towards the East Coast beginning with a showdown against East Carolina on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. The Owls have won two straight and six of eight overall while the Pirates have won two straight and seven of eight overall.
Series History vs. East Carolina
Wednesday’s winner will take the lead in the all-time series between the two schools. The two teams have split the previous 10 matchups with ECU winning the most recent game last season in Greenville, 60-41.
A Look Back
Rice won their first overtime game of the season and prevailed for just the second time this year when trailing at halftime with a 74-68 win over Marshall. The win pushed the Owls to their best start in C-USA history (3-1) and a four-way tie for second place in the league. Jessica Kuster (26 points) and Maya Hawkins (20 points) each scored 20-plus points marking the first time Rice had two players reach that plateau since Kuster and Megan Palmer did the same in a 60-41 win over Stephen F. Austin last season (12/15/12).
Kuster Named C-USA Player of the Week
Rice senior forward Jessica Kuster was named the Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday, marking the second time this season the San Antonio, Texas native has been awarded the honor. Kuster averaged 23.5 points and 16.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.0 (20-of-39) percent from the field in Rice’s victories over Louisiana Tech and Marshall last week. The senior forward also had five blocked shots, four assists and hit all six attempted free throws.
Next Up, Scoring Record
As records continue to fall for Kuster, the next milestone is the Rice all-time scoring record. Kuster, who moved into second place on Saturday, needs just 52 more points to surpass the all-time scoring mark currently held by Pat Krieger (1,851 points). Kuster also moved to the top of the school’s all-time list in career field goals made on Saturday, moving past Holly Jones’ mark of 638.
Hawkins Seeing Long Distance
Rice freshman point guard Maya Hawkins had her best game of her short career in the win over Marshall, scoring 20 points while making six three-pointers in a career-high 44 minutes of action. The six made three’s tied four other Owls for the second-most makes in a single game and was one off the record of seven held by Jenny Cafferty and Kara Liggett.
Numbers to Know
Rice is 10-2 this season when holding opponents to 69 points or less and 9-1 when their opponents shoot below 39 percent. The Owls also own a 9-2 record when they outrebound their opponent.
Following their game against ECU, the Owls will travel to Charlotte to take on a 49ers team that has also started 3-1 in conference play and has won five of their last seven games. That game will take place on Saturday with tipoff set for 6 p.m. (CT).