Jan. 28, 2014
Tulane Green Wave (14-5, 5-1 C-USA) at Rice Owls (10-8, 3-2 C-USA)
Game 20 • Wednesday, January 29, 2014 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: Tulane leads, 16-12
Last Meeting: Green Wave defeated the Owls, 61-45 (2-14-13)
Rice Set To Host Tulane
After dropping a pair of games in the state of North Carolina, the Rice Owls women’s basketball team returns to Tudor Fieldhouse to host the Tulane Green Wave Wednesday at 7 p.m. Rice has won three consecutive games at home and has a 6-2 record overall at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls are coming off back-to-back losses at East Carolina and Charlotte where they allowed fewer than 55 points in each game but struggled to score themselves. Tulane has won five of their past six games and three straight overall. Included in that streak are two overtime wins over Southern Miss and Charlotte, respectively.
Series History vs. Tulane/Scouting Report
The Green Wave lead the all-time series vs. Rice, 16-12, and have won three straight overall. The Owls dropped a 61-45 decision to the Green Wave last season in New Orleans. Tulane poses a balanced scoring attack with four starters averaging double-digits. Junior guard Danielle Blagg leads the Green Wave with 13.5 ppg while junior point guard Jamie Kaplan is 11th in the nation with 6.7 apg. Tulane is dangerous from beyond the arch, leading all of C-USA (19th in the nation) by shooting 37.5 percent from three-point territory.
Kuster On The Brink Of School History
Rice senior forward Jessica Kuster (1,838 points) enters play needing just 13 points to tie and 14 points to break the school’s career scoring record currently held by Pat Krieger (1979-82, 1,851 points). Kuster will have an opportunity to surpass Krieger’s point total in the exact same amount of games that Krieger played in her career (112). Kuster has already broken both the Rice career rebounding mark and the career field goals made record earlier this season.
Kuster Looking to Join Rare Company
Jessica Kuster is already one of just six active players with over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds and is now approaching even rarer company. Kuster, who is averaging a career-best 20.3 ppg, is 162 points away from joining the 2,000-point, 1,000 rebound club. Only Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Middle Tennessee’s Ebony Rowe and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas can lay claim to that company.
Jessica Kuster, who has a career-best 16 double-doubles this season, is currently tied for third in the nation this season and is slowly creeping up the list of the career NCAA Division I leaders. Kuster’s next double-double will be the 57th of her illustrious career and move her into a tie for 30th all-time in NCAA history with still a minimum of 11 games left in her career.
New Orleans, La.
Women's Basketball Topped By Tulane
NEW ORLEANS, La.- Despite Jessica Kuster's third consecutive double-double, Rice fell 61-45 to Tulane on Thursday night at Devlin Fieldhouse. Kuster had 12 points in the loss.