Feb. 4, 2012
Rice (11-11, 5-4) vs. UTEP (19-2, 8-0)
Sun., Feb. 5, 2012 11 a.m. (CT)
Tudor Fieldhouse Houston
Television: FSN with Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (commentary)
The Rice women's basketball team hosts Conference USA-leading UTEP (19-2, 8-0) on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. inside Tudor Fieldhouse. This game will be televised live by FSN and shown on FS Southwest and FS South.
Quick Look at the Owls Rice's three-game winning streak was snapped by Marshall on Thursday (65-57). Jessica Kuster posted her 10th double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Owls.
Kuster is the only Conference USA player averaging a double-double at 17.4 ppg and 11.4 rpg, which is FIFTH in the nation. Kuster has 798 points in her career and is certain to go over the 800 mark on Sunday. She is averaging 15.3 points a game and 10.9 rebounds a game during her time at Rice. Senior Brianna Hypolite is second in scoring at 10.8 ppg. Hypolite and fellow senior D'Frantz Smart will be playing in their 111th career game at Rice.
The Owls lead the series vs. the Miners 23 to 11. Last season, UTEP won 79-57 in El Paso, Texas, and the Owls captured the contest in Houston, 76-69. Jessica Kuster led Rice with 19 points in the first game, while Morgan Mayse poured in 23 points in the game at Rice. Owl head coach Greg Williams is 6-9 vs. UTEP.
Quick Look at UTEP
The Miners are vying to capture 20 wins and become only the third team to reach the milestone in school history. The 2007-08 squad posted a 28-4 record, while the 2006-7 team went 22-8.
Gloria Brown leads the team in scoring at 11.6 ppg and in rebounding at 8.9 rpg and has done so while coming off the bench in each of the 21 games thus far. Brown also shoots 81.8 percent at the free throw (63-77) to lead the team. Kayla Thornton is next in scoring at 9.8 points a contest and she averages 6.6 rebounds a game.