Feb. 21, 2014
Rice Owls (11-14, 4-8 C-USA) at Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (8-17, 3-9 C-USA)
Game 26 • Saturday, February 22, 2014 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Ruston, LA • Thomas Assembly Center (8,000)
Audio: RiceOwls.com • TV: None • Stream: latechsports.com (All-Access)
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Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball
Series Record: LA Tech leads, 9-5.
Owls Meet Lady Techsters Again
Following a loss at home to Old Dominion, the Rice Owls women’s basketball will hit the road this Saturday to Ruston, La. to face the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters in the second meeting of the season. The Owls have gone 4-8 on the road this season while LA Tech has gone 7-6 at home. The Owls have never won at Thomas Assembly Center (0-6). Rice has lost seven of their last eight contests while the Lady Techsters just snapped a four-game losing streak with an 82-75 overtime win over Tulsa.
Last Time Out
Despite Jessica Kuster’s 23rd double-double of the season, the Rice Owls dug themselves a first half hole that proved to be insurmountable in an 85-49 home loss to Old Dominion. Sophomore Megan Palmer was the other Owl to score in double-figures, tying her season-high with 13 points. Rice scored a season-low 16 points in the first half.
Series History/Louisiana Tech Scouting Report
The Owls have won three of the last five meetings against the Lady Techsters, including an 82-68 win over LA Tech back on Jan. 15 at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls had three players score double-figures in that contest, including 21 points from Jessica Kuster and a career-high 19 from Jasmine Goodwine. The Lady Techsters have four starters averaging double-figures, including a team-best 16.2 ppg from junior forward Whitney Frazier. LA Tech is averaging just 64 points per game for the season.
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 20.9 ppg, is 25 points away from joining the 2,000-point, 1,000 rebound club. Only Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Middle Tennessee’s Ebony Rowe and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas can lay claim to that company among active players.
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 1-10 mark when they fail to win the boards.
Kuster Breaks Rice Rebounding Record In Win Over LA Tech
Rice senior forward Jessica Kuster recorded her 13th double-double of the season and in the process became the Owls all-time leading rebounder in an 82-68 bounce-back victory over the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters Wednesday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.