Feb. 8, 2013
Houston Cougars (9-12, 3-5 C-USA) at Rice Owls (10-11, 2-6 C-USA)
Game 22 Sunday, Feburary 10, 2013 12 p.m.
Houston, Texas Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
Audio: RiceOwls.com TV: FSN
Series Record: Houston leads 41-10
Kuster Leads Rice Past Houston, 64-50
Sophomore Jessica Kuster registered her 13th double-double of the season to lead the Rice women's basketball team to a convincing 64-50 victory over Houston in the first round of the 2012 Conference USA Championship Wednesday night inside the University of Memphis' Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Owls Host Houston In Televised Game
The Owls host cross-town rival Houston, in a game televised by FSN that coincides with Rice's Play 4 Kay and National Girls and Women In Sports Day efforts. The Owls, after four near-misses in their previous five games, defeated UAB 61-53 in their last game, leading from the 18:55 mark of the first half until the end of the game.
Briefly On The Owls
Jessica Kuster needs six points to reach 8th on Rice's all-time scoring list and eight rebounds to reach third on Rice's career rebounding list
Rice is 9-3 at home this season with one of the losses coming to now-No. 1 Baylor
This game is Rice's Play 4 Kay and National Girls and Women In Sports Day game
Rice ranked 116th in the RPI in the most recent report, which ranks ahead of schools such as Indiana, Alabama, USC and TCU. The rank would match Rice's best Selection Monday RPI since 2006-07
Rice has had a second half lead or tie in five of their last seven C-USA games, and had a possession to tie in one of the other two
Rice has held 10 opponents to less than 60 points this season, and is 9-1 in those games
Cross-town rivals Rice and Houston have met 51 times since 1978-79, making it Rice's second-most played rivalry, behind SMU. The Owls swept the Cougars in three games last season, however the Cougars had won the previous eight contests. Rice head coach Greg Williams was the Cougars' coach from 1985-1990, posting a 93-51 record and finishing #25 in the polls after 1987-88.
The start time for this game is at 12 p.m. instead of the usual 2 p.m. for a Sunday game, to accomodate TV.
Goswitz Featured In Methodist's Leading Medicine Magazine
Rice senior Jessica Goswitz is featured on the cover of the first 2013 issue of Methodist Hospital's Leading Medicine magazine, alongside Houston Texans star Arian Foster. The pull-out pictorial features other local sports stars such as Texans QB Matt Schaub, Dynamo & US National Team Midfielder Brad Davis, Astros P Bud Norris, gymnast Chris Brooks, Houston Ballet dancer Lauren Anderson, and an Elkins HS soccer player. The issue focuses on Sports Medicine, with an article quoting Goswitz and Foster on health and lifestyle choices of athletes.
Rice hosts National Girls and Women in Sports Day and Play 4 Kay at Tudor Fieldhouse on Feb. 10:
Rice wears its pink warmups, shoelaces, headbands and wristbands, in honor of breast cancer awareness and for former N.C. State coach Kay Yow
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. The first 200 fans in attendance receive a pink Rice Basketball shirt in honor of Play 4 Kay.
The 2012 Conference USA Champion Rice Soccer squad receive their rings during the game.
Alumna Lynn Elsenhans, who participated on Rice's early women's basketball squads, is to be recognized
It is Girl Scout Day, with many Girl Scouts attending the game
Freshmen Coming Along
Since Jan. 27, Rice has gotten 16.0 points and 12.7 rebounds per game from its freshmen (Megan Palmer, Breion Allen, Alyssa Lang, Elena Gumbs). As a group, they have accounted for 30% of the Owls' points in that span and 28% of Rice's rebounds. Allen and Lang have also set or tied single game career-highs in scoring and rebounding in that span.
Losing Streak Comes To An End Against UAB
Rice ended a streak of near-misses with a win against UAB on Feb. 3. After conceding the first basket of the game, the Owls went on an 11-0 run and the Blazers, and Rice maintained at least a seven-point lead until eight seconds remained in the game, when UAB temporarily cut the deficit to six before Rice won 63-51. Jessica Kuster led the Owls with 18 pts and 14 reb, and Alyssa Lang had 8 points (all in the 2nd half) and 9 boards (8 in the 2nd half) to help Rice to the win column.