Jan. 24, 2014
Rice Owls (10-8, 3-2 C-USA) at Charlotte 49ers (9-8, 3-2 C-USA)
Game 19 • Saturday, January 25, 2014 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Charlotte, North Carolina • Halton Arena (9,105)
Audio: RiceOwls.com • TV: None • Stream: charlotte49ers.com (All-Access)
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Series Record: First Meeting
Owls Attempting To Bounce Back
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team will try to salvage their North Carolina roadtrip this Saturday when they travel to Charlotte to face the 49ers for the first time in school history. The Owls suffered a 53-47 loss last time out against ECU on Wednesday. Charlotte is coming off a 78-76 overtime loss last Wednesday at home to Tulane.
Series History vs. Charlotte
Saturday will mark the first-ever meeting between the Owls and 49ers.
A Look Back
Rice found the going tough offensively in a 53-47 loss to East Carolina. The 47 points were just one point off their season low and their 27 percent shooting was the second-lowest total this season as well. Senior Jessica Kuster did manage to record her 15th double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and pulling down a game-high 17 rebounds. It marked the 10th time time this season that Kuster had a game of 15 or more rebounds.
Kuster Reigning 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 41 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.
Numbers to Know
Rice is 10-3 this season when holding opponents to 69 points or less and 9-2 when their opponents shoot below 39 percent. The Owls also own a 9-2 record when they outrebound their opponent.