Feb. 28, 2014
El Paso, Texas
Women's Basketball Wins Third Straight
EL PASO, Texas- Rice won its third consecutive game by beating UTEP 62-59 on the road in the Don Haskins Center. Nakachi Maduka set a career-high with 18 points.
UTEP Miners (22-5, 11-3 C-USA) at Rice Owls (12-16, 5-9 C-USA)
Game 28 • Saturday, March 1, 2014 • 11 a.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
Audio: RiceOwls.com • TV: Fox Sports Southwest • Video Stream: RiceOwls.com (All-Access)
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Series Record: Rice leads, 25-12
Owls Host Miners In Home Finale
The Rice Owls welcome in UTEP at Tudor Fieldhouse for the home finale of the 2013-14 season. The game will be televised on the Fox Sports Network, including Fox Sports Southwest regionally. Rice is coming off a 66-52 loss to North Texas on Wednesday, the team’s fifth straight home defeat. Rice has just one game remaining in the regular season (at UAB) after Saturday before the C-USA Tournament begins on March 11 in El Paso. UTEP enters play Saturday as winners in nine of their last 10 contests. The Miners defeated UTSA 78-65 in El Paso on Wednesday.
Last Time Out
Jessica Kuster recorded her 12th straight double-double with 26 points and 17 in a 66-52 loss to North Texas. Rice shot just 33 percent from the field and lost for just the fifth time this season when they outrebound their opponents.
Series History/UTEP Scouting Report
Rice holds a 25-12 all-time advantage over the Miners and won the most previous matchup in El Paso last season, a 62-59 triumph on national television. In that contest Nakachi Maduka scored a season-high 18 points and Kuster chipped in 13. UTEP (11-3) enters play Saturday in a three-way tie for 2nd place in the league. Senior Kayla Thornton averages a double-double for the season with 19.7 ppg and 10.6 rpg. The Miners ranks 2nd in the league in scoring (79.0 ppg), 3rd in rebounding margin (+4.7), 3rd in blocked shots (4.4) and 3rd in assists (15.4).
Kuster Is Double Trouble
Senior Jessica Kuster (65 career double-doubles) former TCU standout Sandora Irvin for the most career double-doubles in C-USA history in Wednesday’s contest. Kuster has recorded a career-high 24 double-doubles this season and 12 in a row, which is tied for the 19th-longest streak in NCAA Division I history. Another double-double would give Kuster the 15th-most double-doubles in NCAA history.
Kuster Joins Exclusive 2,000 Career Points/1,000 Career Rebounds Club
Jessica Kuster joined Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Middle Tennessee’s Ebony Rowe and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas as the only active NCAA Division I players to score 2,000 career points and grab 1,000 career rebounds with a 26-point, 17-rebound performance on Wednesday. Kuster, who is averaging a career-best 21.0 ppg, joins a list of just 137 players in NCAA Div. I history who had achieved the milestone entering the 2013-14 season. Kuster, who is currently at 2,020 career points, also surpassed former Rice Owl Mike Harris (2,014 career points) for the most points in Rice basketball history in either the men’s or women’s game.
A New Single-Season Points Record
Jessica Kuster surpassed the previous Rice single-season scoring record of 555 points held by Pat Krieger this past Wednesday, a mark that had stood for 34 years (1979-80 season). Kuster is currently at 567 points with still a minimum of three games left to play.
Protecting The Lead Late
The Owls hold a record of 11-0 when leading with five minutes left in regulation. On the flipside, Rice is 1-15 when trailing with less than five minutes to go and 2-12 when trailing at halftime. The Owls hold a 9-2 mark when leading at the midway point.