Owls Set For First-Ever Meeting Against Old Dominion
Rice welcomes Lady Monarchs to Tudor Fieldhouse Wednesday evening
Feb. 18, 2014
Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (11-14, 4-7) at Rice Owls (11-13, 4-7)
Game 25 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
Tickets: Click Here
Audio: RiceOwls.com TV: None Stream: RiceOwls.com (All-Access)
Live Stats: Click Here
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball
Series Record: First Meeting
Rice Set To Face ODU For First Time
The Rice Owls women's basketball will look to bounce back from a tough loss to UTSA last Saturday when they host the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Rice is in a stretch in which four of their final six games are at Tudor Fieldhouse, where Rice is 6-5 overall and 2-3 in league play. Wednesday will mark the first-ever meeting between Rice and ODU, who is in their first season in C-USA. The Lady Monarchs have lost two straight and four of their past six contests.
Last Time Out
Jessica Kuster notched her 21st double-double of the season and Nakachi Maduka scored 16 points but it was not enough to overcome the Roadrunners in a 63-61 setback. It marked just the fourth time this season that the Owls lost despite winning the rebounding advantage and holding their opponent below 39 percent shooting.
Old Dominion Scouting Report
The Lady Monarchs are led by junior forward Shae Kelley, who leads ODU in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounding (10.2 rpg), total blocks (29) and total steals (50). The Denver, Colo. native is ranked 20th in the nation in double-doubles (13) and 36th in rebounds per game (10.2). ODU has impressive wins on their resume, defeating Southern Miss (92-82) back in Jan. and nearly won at East Carolina before falling 64-63 on Jan. 30.
The recipe for success for the Owls this season can be found no further than how they fair on the boards. Rice holds a 10-4 record when they outrebound their opponent opposed to just a 1-9 mark when they fail to win the boards.
Kuster Approaching 2,000 points/1,000 Rebound Club
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 20.5 ppg, is 54 points away from joining the 2,000-point, 1,000 rebound club. She would need to average just 9.0 points per game over the next six 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 among active players.