Feb. 14, 2014
Maduka's Clutch Free Throws Extends WBB Win Streak To Four
HOUSTON, Texas- Nakachi Maduka hit two free throws with 0.1 seconds remaining to give Rice a 43-41 victory over UTSA at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls overcame a nine point deficit in the last 13 minutes to win the game.
UTSA Roadrunners (11-12, 2-8) at Rice Owls (11-12, 4-6
Game 24 • Saturday, February 15, 2014 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: UTSA leads, 7-3
Last Meeting: Rice defeated UTSA, 43-41 (12-20-12)
Owls Return Home To Face Roadrunners
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team returns to Tudor Fieldhouse to face the UTSA Roadrunners Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Saturday will also be Play 4Kay day and Rice will recognize cancer survivors prior to the contest. Rice is coming off of a 75-59 victory on the road at Tulsa last Saturday, which snapped a five-game losing streak and moved themselves into a four-way tie for ninth place in Conference USA. UTSA is in the midst of a six-game losing streak and are averaging just 49.5 points per game during that stretch.
Last Time Out
The Owls got a much-needed victory at Tulsa in which Jessica Kuster and Christal Porter became the first pair of Rice teammates to record a double-double in the same game since last season. Rice’s 75 points were their most since an 82-68 win over Louisiana Tech on Jan. 15 and the fourth-most this season.
Series History vs. UTSA/Scouting Report
UTSA leads the all-time series over Rice, 7-3, but the Owls won the last meeting (43-41) back on Dec. 20, 2012. The Roadrunners are led in scoring by junior guard Kamra King, who is averaging 14.3 points per game. UTSA is the lowest scoring team in the league (59.4 ppg) but they are fifth in scoring defense (63.7 ppg).
The recipe for success for the Owls this season can be found no further than how they fair on the boards. Rice holds a 10-3 record when they outrebound their opponent opposed to just a 1-9 mark when they fail to win the boards.
Free Throw Record Goes Down
With already three records in her back pocket this season, senior forward Jessica Kuster crossed another record of her resume by passing the great Holly Jones for the most free throws made in Rice history (515). Kuster is shooting a career-best 81 percent at the free throw line this season, having converted 133-of-164 attempts. The senior is also just four double-doubles shy from tying the C-USA career record currently held by TCU’s Sandora Irvin.
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 20.3 ppg, is 80 points away from joining the 2,000-point, 1,000 rebound club. She would need to average just 11.4 points per game over the next seven 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 All-Time Scorer In Rice History
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.
Rice welcomes in Old Dominion on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Louisiana Tech on on Saturday, Feb. 22.