Senior Night as Owls Host Memphis on Thursday

D'Frantz Smart

Feb. 29, 2012

Rice (15-13, 9-6) vs. Memphis (22-6, 12-3)
Thu., March 1, 2012 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Tudor Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas

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The final regular season game for the Rice Owls women's basketball team is Thursday, (March 1) when it hosts Memphis. Tip-off is set for 7p.m. (CT) and the Owls will honor their four seniors, Candace Ashford, Brianna Hypolite, Amenemope McKinney, and D'Frantz Smart in a pre-game ceremony inside Tudor Fieldhouse.

Quick Look at the Owls
Rice defeated Conference USA regular season champions, UTEP 52-48 in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday. Jessica Kuster scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second-half to lead the Owls.

Kuster is one of only two C-USA players averaging a double-double at 17.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg (10th in the nation). Senior Brianna Hypolite follows in scoring at 10.3 ppg.

Rice and UAB are tied with 9-6 records in the C-USA standings. With a win over Memphis and a UAB loss vs. UTEP, the Owls have a shot at placing third in C-USA and receive a first-round bye in next week's C-USA Championship. Tulane is fifth at 8-7. The Owls have split the season-series vs. Tulane was defeated at UAB. UTEP and Memphis have secured number one and number two seeds respectively.

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 104-113 record at Rice and an 18-year career mark of 305-252.

Vs. Memphis
The Tigers hold a slim 5-4 lead in the series vs. the Owls. Memphis won the last meeting 63-52 in the C-USA tournament a year ago in El Paso. Jessica Kuster led Rice with 16 points. The Owls captured the regular season contest 71-58 in Memphis as Brianna Hypolite poured in 18 points. In Memphis' last visit to Rice in 2009,the Tigers prevailed 72-69.

Quick Look at Memphis
Jasmine Lee's double-double in scoring and rebounding highlight the Tigers. Lee is tops on the squad in scoring at 14.9 points per game and in rebounding at 10.2. Also averaging double-digit scoring is Nicole Dickson at 13.6 ppg and Brittany Carter at 13.5. Ramses Lonlack is close at 9.4 points an outing.

Memphis averages 69.8 points a game, while holding its opponents to 58.6. The Tigers also shoot 42 percent from the field (726-1,751).





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