Jan. 31, 2014
Women's Basketball Falls To Southern Miss
HATTIESBURG, Miss.- Rice's women's basketball team ran out of steam against Southern Miss, falling 76-57 to the Golden Eagles at Reed Green Coliseum. Breion Allen had her first career double-digit scoring game in the losing effort.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (14-5, 3-3 C-USA) at Rice Owls (10-10, 3-4 C-USA)
Game 21 • Thursday, February 1, 2014 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: Rice leads, 5-3
Last Meeting: Golden Eagles defeated the Owls, 76-57 (1-27-13)
Owls Looking to Stop Skid
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team will be looking to put an end to a season-high, three-game losing streak on Saturday when they host the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at 2 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice holds a 6-3 record at home this season while Southern Miss has gone 2-4 away from Hattiesburg. Rice fell 62-55 last Wednesday against Tulane in a contest in which the Owls shot just 35 percent from the field. The Golden Eagles are coming off a big, 82-820 overtime victory against East Carolina.
Series History vs. Southern Miss/Scouting Report
The Owls lead the all-time series vs. Southern Miss, 5-3, and have won two of the last three meetings overall. Rice dropped a 76-57 decision to the Golden Eagles last season in Hattiesburg. Southern Miss has three players averaging double-figures in scoring, including a game-high 16.6 points from senior point guard Jamierra Faulkner. Faulkner is coming off a career-high 39-point performance in Wednesday’s win and last season dished out 16 assists in the win over the Owls. Junior forward Tamara Jones (14.3 ppg) and sophomore guard Jerontay Clemons (11.1 ppg) also average double-figures for Southern Miss.
Kuster Puts Her Name in the Record Books
Rice senior forward Jessica Kuster (1,852 points) became the Rice all-time leading scorer last time out against Tulane. The San Antonio, Texas native scored 14 points to supplant Pat Krieger (1,851 points) as the Owls all-time record holder with still a minimum of 10 games remaining. Kuster broke the record in exactly 112 games, the same amount the Krieger played in from 1979-82. Kuster has now this season become the Owls all-time leading scorer, rebounder and career field goals made leader.
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 20.0 ppg, is 148 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 17 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 now has 58 career double-doubles and is tied for 30th all-time amongst NCAA Division I players.
Numbers to Know
Rice is 10-5 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 9-3 record when they outrebound their opponent.