Feb. 11, 2014
Rice Owls (10-12, 3-6 C-USA) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-10, 4-5)
Game 23 • Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Tulsa, Oklahoma • Donald W. Reynolds Center (8,355)
Audio: RiceOwls.com • TV: None • Stream: TulsaHurricane.com (All-Access)
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball
Series Record: Rice leads, 24-13
Last Meeting: Tulane defeated Rice, 74-52 (3-13-13)
Rice Looks To End Losing Skid
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team will be looking to put an end to a five-game losing streak on Wednesday when they travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Rice holds a 3-8 record away from home this season while Tulsa is just 5-4 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center, including two straight home losses. Rice fell 65-54 last Saturday at No. 25 Middle Tennessee while the Golden Hurricane lost at home to FAU, 91-86. Tulsa has dropped three straight games overall and five of their last eight.
Series History vs. Tulsa/Scouting Report
Wednesday will mark the 38th overall meeting between Rice and Tulsa, with the Owls holding a 24-13 advantage in the all-time series. The last time the two teams met the Golden Hurricane ended the Owls season in the first round of last year’s C-USA Tournament with a 74-52 win over Rice in Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane have three players in their starting lineup averaging double-figures, led by sophomore guard Ashley Clark (14.2 ppg). Sophomore guard Kelsee Grovey is a threat from long distance and is ranked 50th in the country in three-point field goal percentage (39.8).
Another Record for Kuster
With already three records in her back pocket this season, senior forward Jessica Kuster will have an opportunity for one more on Wednesday. Kuster is currently tied with former Owl great Holly Jones for the most free throws made in Rice history (515). Kuster is shooting a career-best 80 percent at the free throw line this season, having converted 127-of-158 attempts. The senior is also just five double-doubles shy from tying the C-USA career record currently held by TCU’s Sandora Irvin.
Kuster Becomes All-Time Leading Scorer
Rice senior forward Jessica Kuster (1,881 points) became the Rice all-time leading scorer vs. Tulane (Jan. 29). 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. This season Kuster has 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 20.1 ppg, is 104 points away from joining the 2,000-point, 1,000 rebound club. She would need to average just 13 points per game over the next eight games to reach the mark. Only Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Middle Tennessee’s Ebony Rowe and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas can lay claim to that company.
The recipe for success for the Owls this season can be found no further than how they fair on the boards. Rice holds a 9-3 record when they outrebound their opponent opposed to just a 1-9 mark when they fail to win the boards.
Tulsa, Okla. (Tulsa Convention Center)
Women's Basketball Falls In C-USA Tournament
TULSA, Okla.- Rice fell 74-52 in the C-USA Women's Basketball Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Jessica Kuster scored 15 points in defeat.