Feb. 16, 2013
Rice Owls (10-13, 2-8 C-USA) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-13, 5-5 C-USA)
Game 24 • Sunday, Feburary 17, 2013 • 2 p.m.
Tulsa, Okla. • Donald W. Reynolds Center (8,355)
Audio: RiceOwls.com • TV: None
Series Record: Rice 24-11
Women's Basketball Holds Off Tulsa 56-53
HOUSTON- Rice defeated Tulsa 56-53 in a back-and-forth game that featured 10 ties and 14 lead changes at Tudor Fieldhouse. Jessica Kuster and Christal Porter had double-doubles for the Owls.
Rice Faces Golden Hurricane In Tulsa
Rice faces Tulsa for the second time this season, after downing the Golden Hurricane 56-53 on Jan. 13 for the Owls’ first C-USA win of the year. This is the first of two trips the Owls make to Tulsa this season, returning for the C-USA Championship, starting on Mar. 13.
Briefly On The Owls
• Jessica Kuster is the only player in C-USA and one of 36 players nationally to be averaging a double double
• Kuster is one of eight players nationally to have averaged a double double in 2010-11, 2011-12 and to currently be averaging a double double in 2012-13. Kuster and Middle Tennessee’s Ebony Rowe are the only two juniors on that list.
• Kuster has posted three consecutive double doubles
• Rice has had a second half lead or tie in seven of their last nine C-USA games, and had a possession to tie in one of the other two
• Rice has held 11 opponents to less than 60 points this season, and is 9-2 in those games
Rice vs. Tulsa
Despite never meeting before Rice joined the WAC in 1996-97, Rice and Tulsa have played at least twice every year since. The Owls have won all 17 games of the series played in Houston. Rice has won 10 of the last 13 games in the series played at any location, but Tulsa owns victories in both conference tournament matchups, the 2005-06 C-USA Finals and the 2003-04 WAC Semifinals.
Prepare For Trouble, Make It Double Double
Jessica Kuster, along with Middle Tennesse’s Ebony Rowe, are the only two juniors in the NCAA who are on track to average a double double in each of their first three years and two of eight players nationally who are on pace to average a double double each of the past three years. Kuster would become the first Rice player to have back-to-back-to-back double double seasons, should her averages hold.
Kuster’s Quick Starts
Twice this season, Jessica Kuster had as many points (10+) as the opposing team midway through the first half. At then-No. 24 Tennessee, Kuster had 12 points to match the Lady Vols’ 12 until 13:33 of the first half. Against Houston, Kuster’s 10 points matched the Cougars’ total until 10:22 of the first frame.
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 is wearing pink headbands, shoelaces, and other pink accessories for the entire month of February for breast cancer awareness.