Owls Battle the Cougars on Thursday

Jessica Kuster.

Feb. 22, 2012

Rice (13-13, 7-6) vs. Houston (2-23, 1-12)
Thu., Feb. 23, 2012 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Tudor Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas

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The Rice women's basketball team hosts the Houston Cougars on Thursday (Feb. 23). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls will then play at UTEP on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. (CT) in El Paso, Texas.

Quick Look at the Owls
Rice swept the season series vs. SMU with a convincing 69-60 win in Dallas on Sunday. Jessica Kuster was sensational with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Christal Porter added 11 points and five boards.

Rice's Jessica Kuster is the only C-USA player averaging a double-double at 16.6 ppg and 11.0 rpg, which is ninth in the nation. Senior Brianna Hypolite follows in scoring at 10.7 ppg.

Jessica Kuster leads Rice with 11 double-doubles on the year. Three of her four Conference USA double-doubles have occurred on the road: at Houston (19p, 16r), at Marshall (18p, 13r), and at SMU (22p, 12r). She is averaging a double-double for her career (15.2 ppg and 10.8 rpg).

The Owls are 9-2 when they shoot 40+ percent from the field. The Owls are 13-7 when they commit fewer turnovers than their opponents.

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 102-113 record at Rice and an 18-year career mark of 303-252.

Vs. Houston
Houston leads the series 41-8. The Owls won the season's first meeting vs. Houston 58-50 on Jan. 28. Jessica Kuster scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for her ninth double-double to lead the Owl attack. Jessica Goswitz (16) and Candace Ashford (13) also scored in double-digits. The victory was Rice head coach Greg Williams' 100th win as coach of the Owls.

Quick Look at Houston
The Cougars are currently winless in their last 11 games. UH's last win was on Jan. 8 at Southern Miss by a 56-49 score. Houston does boast the league's leading scorer in Roxana Button. Button is averaging 17.9 points per game. In the first game vs. Rice, however, Button was held in check as she only scored nine points and shot 3-19 from the field. Terran Alford is the squad's top rebounder at 6.0 boards per outing and Amanda Lawson is second on the team in scoring at 9.4 points a game.

Owl head coach Greg Williams previews this week's action:





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