March 6, 2013
SMU Mustangs (21-7, 12-3 C-USA) at Rice Owls (13-15, 5-10 C-USA)
Game 29 Thursday, March 7, 2013 7 p.m.
Houston, Texas Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
Audio: RiceOwls.com TV: None
Series Record: SMU leads 35-33
Women's Basketball Falls To C-USA Leader SMU
DALLAS- Rice fell 73-51 to Conference USA leaders SMU on Sunday. Jessica Kuster led the Owls with 16 points.
C-USA Champion SMU Visits Rice On Senior Night
Jessica Goswitz and Zoe Rogers take the floor at Tudor Fieldhouse one last time as C-USA Champion SMU visits. The Mustangs have clinched at least a share of the C-USA Championship, and win the conference outright with a win. The Owls are currently 11th in C-USA, and could move to the 10th seed with a win combined with a Southern Miss loss.
Briefly On The Owls
Christal Porter is averaging 11.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game since Feb. 17
Megan Shafer is averaging 12.0 points per game and shooting .667 on 3-pointers since Feb. 28
Rice has won three of its last four games and three of its last four home games
Rice's Strength of Schedule ranks fifth among schools not in a BCS-AQ league and 53rd in the NCAA
Jessica Kuster needs 13 rebounds against SMU to join Ebony Rowe as the only juniors in the NCAA to average a double double the past three seasons
The Owls are 12-6 against schools ranked 101 or lower in the RPI
Rice has come back from nine or more points down to win four times this season
Rice vs. SMU
Rice and SMU have played 68 times since 1978-79, making this Rice's most-played series. Rice had won four straight games against SMU, and five out of the last six meetings, until SMU won 73-51 on Jan. 20. Rice and SMU have shared a conference for every season since the NCAA sponsored women's basketball, the Southwest Conference until 1995-96, the WAC from 1996-97 to 2004-05, and Conference USA since. This is last time the teams will meet in a C-USA game.
This is the last home game for Jessica Goswitz and Zoe Rogers at Tudor Fieldhouse. Both players are to be honored before the game, along with medically-retired senior Lacey Neu and senior manager Andrew Martin-de-Nicolas.
IF RICE WINS: Rice is the 10-seed if Southern Miss loses. Otherwise, Rice is the 11-seed.
IF RICE LOSES: Rice is the 11th seed.
Rice could play UAB, UTEP, Memphis, Tulsa, UCF, or Houston in the first round of the tournament, depending on other results around the league.
Rice's bench has outscored its counterpart in four consecutive games, including three Rice wins. During these three games, the Owls scored a season-high 26 bench points against Marshall. Nine different Rice players, including four from the bench unit, have scored 8+ points at least once during this stretch.