March 4, 2014
Women's Basketball Downs UAB 61-53
HOUSTON- Rice's women's basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 61-53 victory over UAB at Tudor Fieldhouse. Jessica Kuster led the Owls with 18 points.
Rice Owls (12-16, 5-10 C-USA) at UAB Blazers (15-12, 7-7)
Game 29 • Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Birmingham, Alabama • Bartow Arena (8,500)
Audio: RiceOwls.com • TV: None • Video Stream: UABSports.com (All-Access)
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Series Record: UAB leads, 5-4.
Owls Head To Birmingham For Regular Season Finale
The Rice Owls head to Birmingham to face UAB in the regular season finale on Wednesday. The Owls are coming off a 72-57 loss to UTEP on Senior Day and have lost two straight overall. Rice will carry a two-game road win streak into Wednesday. UAB has lost two straight as well and are just 2-4 in conference home games.
Last Time Out
Jessica Kuster was honored on Senior Day but saw her streak of 12-straight double-doubles come to an end in a 72-57 loss to UTEP Saturday. The Owls were outscored 42-28 in the second half after entering halftime with just a one-point deficit. Junior forward Christal Porter had her best game of her career with a career-high 21 points and 15 rebounds, along with four steals.
Series History/UAB Scouting Report
UAB holds a 5-4 all-time advantage over the Owls but Rice won the most previous meeting last season, 61-53. Senior forward Karisma Chapman leads the Blazers with 20.2 ppg while shooting an efficient 49 percent from the field. Chapman also leads UAB with 9.7 rpg. The Blazers also have two double-digit scorers in Ashley Grimes (14.8) and Chelsee Black (13.6). UAB also holds their opponents to just 64.6 points per game.
Kuster Is Double Trouble
Senior Jessica Kuster (65 career double-doubles) is tied with former TCU standout Sandora Irvin for the most career double-doubles in C-USA history. Kuster has recorded a career-high 24 double-doubles this season and just saw a streak of 12 straight snapped on Saturday. 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 became one of just nine active NCAA Division I players to score 2,000 career points and grab 1,000 career rebounds with a 26-point, 17-rebound performance vs. North Texas (Feb. 26). Kuster, who is averaging a career-best 20.5 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 2,027 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, a mark that had stood for 34 years (1979-80 season). Kuster is currently at 574 points with still a minimum of two 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 2-13 when trailing at halftime. The Owls hold a 9-2 mark when leading at the midway point.
Rebounds Lead To Wins
The recipe for success for the Owls this season can be found no further than how they fair on the boards. Rice holds aa 11-6 record when they outrebound their opponent opposed to just a 1-10 mark when they don’t.
Kuster Sets Rice Free Throw Record
With already three records in her back pocket this season, senior forward Jessica Kuster crossed another record of her resume by passing the great Holly Jones for the most free throws made in Rice history (515). Kuster is shooting a career-best 80 percent at the free throw line this season, having converted 155-of-192 attempts.
Kuster Becomes Owls All-Time Leading Scorer
Rice senior forward Jessica Kuster (2,027 points) became the Rice all-time leading scorer vs. Tulane (Jan. 29). The San Antonio, Texas native scored 14 points to supplant Pat Krieger (1,851 points) as the Owls all-time record holder. Kuster broke the record in 112 games, the exact same amount that Krieger played in from 1979-82. This season Kuster has become the Owls all-time leading scorer, rebounder, leader in made free throws and career field goals made leader.
Hawkins Dials Long Distance
Rice freshman point guard Maya Hawkins had her best game of her short career in the win over Marshall on Jan. 18, scoring 20 points while making six three-pointers in a career-high 44 minutes of action. The six made three’s tied four other Owls for the second-most makes in a single game and was one off the record of seven held by Jenny Cafferty and Kara Liggett.
Kuster a Two-Time C-USA Player of the Week
Rice senior forward Jessica Kuster was named the Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday, marking the second time this season the San Antonio, Texas native has been awarded the honor. Kuster averaged 23.5 points and 16.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.0 (20-of-39) percent from the field in Rice’s victories over Louisiana Tech and Marshall last week. The senior forward also had five blocked shots, four assists and hit all six attempted free throws.
Goodwine Named C-USA Freshman of the Week
Rice freshman forward Jasmine Goodwine was named C-USA Freshman of the Week, the league announced on Jan. 6, 2014. Goodwine came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points in last Friday’s 72-57 victory over Incarnate Word. Goodwine backed up a previous career-high set on Dec. 29 at Lamar (13 points) with a highly efficient 6-of-9 shooting performance versus Incarnate Word and made 4-of-5 free throws in just 22 minutes. For the season the Killeen, Texas native is averaging 6.4 points per game and 4.8 rebounds in 22 minutes.