Owls Play at Tulane on Thursday

Jessica Kuster.

Feb. 14, 2012

Rice (12-12, 6-5) at Tulane (18-6, 7-4)
Thu., Feb. 16, 2012 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Fogelman Arena • New Orleans, La.

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The Rice women's basketball team plays two games on the road this week. The Owls are at Tulane on Thursday (Feb. 16) for a 7 p.m. start. Rice then plays at SMU on Sunday (Feb. 19) at noon. The SMU contest will be televised by FSN.

Quick Look at the Owls
Rice snapped a two-game skid with a strong 55-48 home win over Tulsa (Feb. 12). Brianna Hypolite tallied 19 points and Nakachi Maduka carded her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Rice's Jessica Kuster is the only C-USA player averaging a double-double at 16.7 ppg and 11.0 rpg, which is 10th in the nation. Senior Brianna Hypolite is second in scoring at 11.1 ppg.

Rice Head Coach Greg Williams
Greg Williams (Rice, 1970) is now in his seventh season as the head coach of his alma mater. Williams has a 101-112 record at Rice and an 18-year career mark of 302-251.

Vs. Tulane
Rice won the season's first meeting 67-49 in Houston (Jan. 12). In the contest, Brianna Hypolite led the Owls with a game-high 25 points and Jessica Kuster added 15 points. The Rice defense limited Tulane to just 26.7 percent shooting from the field.

The Green Wave now leads the series 13-12. The two teams won on each other's home court a year ago. Rice won last season in New Orleans, 74-70 in overtime. Morgan Mayse poured in 21 points for the Owls.

Quick Look at Tulane
The Green Wave had its six-game winning streak broken at UTEP in an 80-65 loss. Olivia Grayson leads the team in scoring at 14.3 points a contest. Brett Benzio is second in scoring at 9.6 points a game and first in rebounding (9.3 rebounds a game). Benzio also has 49 blocks to her credit. Danielle Blagg, a freshman, averages 7.9 points per game, to rank third on the squad.

Head coach Greg Williams previews the Tulane and SMU games.





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