Rice Women's Basketball Begins Season at Prairie View A&M

D'Frantz Smart.

Nov. 10, 2011

Rice (0-0) at Prairie View A&M (0-0)
Fri., Nov. 11, 2011 • 7:05 p.m. (CT)
William Nicks Building (6,500)
Prairie View, Texas
Internet Audio: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/rice.portal# • Clifton Morris, p-b-p

Quick Look at the Owls
Rice is the No. 2 pre-season pick in the Conference USA Poll with four returning starters from last season's 18-14 squad that was 10-6 in C-USA (third).The Owls earned their sixth berth in the WNIT and third under head coach Greg Williams.

The Owls return four starters from last season: Brianna Hypolite, Jessica Kuster, D'Frantz Smart, and Jessica Goswitz.

Opening Games
Rice is 4-2 in season-opening games under Greg Williams and 1-2 on the road to begin the season.

The Owls are 9-2 vs. Prairie View A&M in the series. Rice narrowly won 47-45 in the last meeting (Nov. 18, 2008) in Houston. Morgan Mayse canned a 25-foot three-point basket as time expired to lift the Owls.

Rice in the WNIT
Rice made its seventh WNIT appearance last season and third under Greg Williams.

1998 at Oklahoma L 75-62
1999 vs. Miami (FL) W 65-58
1999 at Baylor W 62-60 (OT)
1999 at Arkansas L 76-70
2002 at Houston L 67-65
2004 at Arkansas State W 59-52
2004 at UNLV L 68-66
2006 vs. Jackson State W 64-48
2006 at Indiana L 67-57
2007 at Illinois State L 71-61 (3OT)
2011 Missouri State L 76-65

All-Conference USA
Freshman Jessica Kuster was named to the All-Conference USA First Team, All-Freshman Team, and All-Defensive Team. Kuster is only the third freshman ever in the history of C-USA to be named to the C-USA First Team.



Senior Morgan Mayse was selected to the All-C-USA Third Team.

Smart Player
Junior guard D'Frantz Smart led the Owls in assists with a career season-high 189 and in steals with 75. The Chicago native scored a season-high 17 points with 5 steals vs. FIU and dished out a season-high 11 assists at home vs. Tulane. She also had 10 assists vs. UCF and 9 vs. Marshall.

Smart's assist-turnover ratio is 1.9, ranked first in C-USA. Her ratio is 2.2 for C-USA only games, ranked first in the league.

Smart is Rice's all-time single-season assist record-holder.

Rice Assists in a Season
1. D'Frantz Smart (2010-11) 189
2. Dede Brantley (1986-87) 152
3. Charonda Wilson (1998-99) 145
4. Marla Brumfield (1999-2000) 143
Kadie Riverin (2006-07) 143

Smart also has 438 career assists that rank third in school history.

Rice Assists in a Career
1. Kim Lawson (1999-2003) 475
2. Dede Brantley (1983-87) 452
3. D'Frantz Smart (2009-current) 438

Kuster On The Boards
Jessica Kuster was the second-leading rebounder in the nation among all freshmen a year ago at 10.6 rpg and 20th overall as of March 14. Kuster averaged 11.9 rpg in C-USA only games, which ranked first in the league.

Kuster FOTW
Jessica Kuster was named the C-USA Freshman of the Week 11 times (out of 17 weeks) last season including a stretch of five straight weeks. She has been honored Dec. 6, Dec. 20, Dec. 27, Jan. 3, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, and Mar. 7.

• Those are the most weekly Freshman of the Week honors in the history of the league.

Kuster Leading Scorer & Rebounder
Jessica Kuster led Rice in scoring (14.1) and in rebounding (10.6). Her rebounding average ranks first among C-USA freshmen and second overall, while her scoring average ranked first among all C-USA freshmen. She is the only freshman ranked in the C-USA top 20 in scoring. She also led the Owls in blocks (65) and free throw percentage (.737).

Kuster grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds vs. UAB, which was the most last season in a C-USA game and she also grabbed 18 rebounds at Northwestern State. She led the Owls in rebounding in 27 games and with 13 double-doubles, seven of which came on the road. In C-USA games, Kuster was first in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (11.9) for Rice.

She made her first collegiate start in the contest vs. HBU and scored a game-high 16 points with a team-high 7 rebounds. In her ninth collegiate game, Kuster scored a C-USA season-high 35 points in the win over Long Beach State with a game-high 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of action. She made 13 of 16 from the field and it is the seventh-most points scored in a game by a Rice Owl.

In her first collegiate contest, Kuster came off the bench to lead Rice in rebounding with 7 boards in 23 minutes of action vs. Montana State and then in 24 minutes vs. FIU she pulled down 9 boards in 24 minutes with 11 points. Against #2 Baylor, Kuster grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes.

Rice Single Game Rebounds
1. Goya Qualls (vs. Hardin-Simmons, 2-15-80) 23
2. Amelia Cooper (vs. McNeese State, 11-29-88) 21
3. Amelia Cooper (vs. SMU, 1-16-88) 20
3. Lauren Neaves (vs. Texas A&M, 12-1-06) 20
3. Valeriya Berezhynska (vs. Tulane, 3-3-07) 20
3. Valeriya Berezhynska (vs. Marshall, 2-28-08) 20
3. Jessica Kuster (vs. UAB, 1-23-11) 20

Rice Season Rebounding Average
1. Amelia Cooper (1988-89) 11.8
2. Lauren Neaves (2006-07) 10.9
3. Lauren Neaves (2005-06) 10.8
4. Jessica Kuster (2010-11) 10.6
5. Evenda Barnes (1990-91) 10.1

Rice Season Rebounds
1. Lauren Neaves (2005-06) 344
2. Jessica Kuster (2010-11) 340
3. Lauren Neaves (2006-07) 315
4. Amelia Cooper (1988-89) 306
5. Lauren Neaves (2004-05) 301

Rice Season Blocked Shots
1. Lauren Neaves (2003-04) 84
2. Lauren Neaves (2004-05) 73
Lauren Neaves (2005-06) 73
4. Johnetta Hayes (2001-02) 70
5. Jessica Kuster (2010-11) 65

Rice Double-Doubles in 2010-11 (14)
Jessica Kuster (13)
35p, 10r vs. Long Beach State
13p, 18r at Northwestern State
26p, 14r at Texas State
14p, 11r vs. Lamar
17p, 15r at Tulsa
16p, 16r at East Carolina
22p, 17r vs. SMU
18p, 14r at Houston
15p, 11r at Memphis
18p, 14r vs. UTEP
12p, 11r vs. Houston
23p, 13r at SMU
15p, 11r at Missouri State

Morgan Mayse (1)
11p, 10r vs. Mercer

B Hyp
Brianna Hypolite was second on the team in scoring at 11.0 ppg and second on the squad with 32 three-pointers made. She scored a career-high 31 points as Rice defeated Mercer 65-39 at the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament in which she also named MVP. Her previous best was 28 points in the overtime win vs. Montana State. She had 18 in the win at Memphis to lead the Owls. Hypolite snared a career-high 13 rebounds at Southern Miss.

At the Half
Rice is 16-2 when leading at half-time. The Owls were behind at the half at Memphis, but outscored the Tigers 43 to 27 to win its first game of the season when trailing at the break. The two losses were to Tulane, when the Owls held a 35-29 half-time lead, but lost 82-77 and to Houston 74-70 after leading 41-27 at the break.

Rebounding Edge
The Owls were 14-2 when they outrebounded the opposition in 2011.

Goswitz Got Game
Junior Jessica Goswitz's was the Owls' fourth-leading scorer at 7.8 ppg. In the three games prior to the first UH game, Goswitz was 11-18 from beyond the arc (61 percent). She leads the team with 45 made three-pointers.

Goswitz tied her career-high with 19 points in the win over Tulsa at home as she drilled 5 three-pointers. She scored 17 points in the win at Tulane with five three-pointers. Goswitz also tallied15 points in the win over Long Beach State with 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

McKinney Carried Rice in 2nd Half
Amenemope McKinney tied her season high with 12 points in the Marshall contest including two key baskets on consecutive possessions to keep the Thundering Herd at bay. McKinney tallied 10 points in the second-half vs. Marshall. She previously scored 12 points in the win over Northwestern State.

Ol' 97
The 97 points scored by Rice at Texas State ties as the fifth-highest point total in a game in school history. It is also the highest output in the Greg Williams era at Rice.

36, 40, & 47
Rice's 47-point (97-50) victory over Texas State is the second-largest winning margin in the Greg Williams era. The largest victory margin in the Williams' era came on Jan. 27, 2006, when the Owls defeated UTEP in Autry Court 83-32 (51).

The 40-point (80-40) winning margin at Northwestern State is the second-largest of the season. Rice also posted a 36-point winning margin over HBU (82-46).

The 39 points scored by Marshall is the lowest amount by a Rice opponent since the Owls held UALR to 39 points in the 49-39 victory on Nov. 20, 2007. The lowest point total scored against Rice in an Owl victory is 32 as the Owls crushed UTEP 83-32 (Jan. 27, 2006) in Greg Williams' first season.

Top 10 Opponents
Rice is the only Conference USA school that played two top-10 opponents last season. The Owls played at #2 Baylor (Nov. 14) and hosted #8 Texas A&M (Nov. 20).

In-season Tournament Record
Rice competed in three in-season tournaments and posted a combined record of 4-3. The Owls went 1-2 at Baylor's World Vision Classic, 2-0 to capture Georgia State's Thanksgiving Tournament and 1-1 at their own Gene Hackerman Invitational.

Ashford 13
Junior Candace Ashford scored a career-high 13 points in the win over Texas State. The center made 4-6 from the field and 5-7 at the free throw line in 11 minutes of action. Ashford also scored 10 points in 20 minutes in the win over SMU.



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