Feb. 9, 2012
Rice (11-12, 5-5) vs. Tulsa (10-11, 5-5)
Sun., Feb. 12, 2012 2 p.m. (CT)
Tudor Fieldhouse Houston
The Rice women's basketball team plays Tulsa on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. inside Tudor Fieldhouse. This game is Rice's designated Play4Kay game in raising awareness for breast cancer in honor of former North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow. There will be a pre-game silent auction and members of the Sister's Network will share their insights.
The mission of Play4Kay, which was brought to life in 2007, is a nation of coaches raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the official charity of the initiative. For more information, please visit: http://www.kayyow.com/Play4Kay.
Quick Look at the Owls
The Owls had Conference USA's leading team, UTEP, on the ropes, but could not pull out a win in losing a tough close game, 45-41 last Sunday (Feb. 5). Jessica Kuster led Rice with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Kuster is the only C-USA player averaging a double-double at 17.0 ppg and 11.2 rpg, which is SEVENTH in the nation. Senior Brianna Hypolite is second in scoring at 10.8 ppg.
Tulsa won the season's first meeting in Tulsa 69-42 and now trails Rice 22-11 in the all-time series. Freshman Nakachi Maduka led Rice with nine points. Brianna Hypolite scored eight points, while Jessica Kuster and Christal Porter each scored seven points.
The Owls won both meetings last season, 61-53 in Tulsa and 70-47 in Houston. Greg Williams is 9-5 at Rice vs. the Golden Hurricane.
Quick Look at Tulsa
Tulsa is led in scoring by Taleya Mayberry and Taylor Hooker who are averaging 14.0 ppg and 11.0 ppg respectively. Tiffani Couisnard is tops on the squad in rebounding at 8.0, while Loren McDaniel follows at 6.0 rpg. TU is averaging 59.6 points a game and its opponents are averaging 58.6 points a game. The Golden Hurricane are 2-3 in the last five contests.