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
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.
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).