Rice Owls (0-0) vs. Prairie View A&M Panthers (0-0)
Game 1 Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 6 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: Rice leads, 11-3
Last Meeting: Rice won in last year's season opener at Prairie View A&M, 77-63 (11-8-13)
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Prairie View, Texas
Kuster Leads Owls To Season-Opening Win
Jessica Kuster recorded her 43rd career double-double and was one of three Owls to score in double-figures in the Rice Owls 77-63 season-opening victory Friday evening against the Prairie View A&M Panthers at the William Nicks Building.
Owls and Panthers Meet Again In Opener
For a fourth consecutive season, and fifth time overall, the Rice Owls women's basketball team will take on Prairie View A&M in a season opener when the two teams tip-off Friday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice is 3-1 all-time in season openers against the Lady Panthers, including a 77-63 victory last season at Prairie View. The Owls hold the all-time series lead, 11-3.
Prairie View A&M Scouting Report
The Lady Panthers are coming off a season in which they advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a fourth consecutive season after winning the SWAC Tournament. Prairie View returns six players from last year's squad, including senior guard and leading scorer Jeanette Jackson (18.8 points per game).
Deep In The Heart of Texas
Prairie View A&M is one of eight non-conference Texas schools the Owls will face this season. In total, the Owls will play 13 of their 28 scheduled games against Texas schools and 23 games played in the state of Texas overall.
Looks Who's Back
Rice returns four starters and 12-of-13 letter-winners from last season's team. Senior post Christal Porter returns as the team's leading scorer (7.7 points) and rebounder (6.9 boards).
Owls In Season Openers
Rice is 28-8 in season openers dating back to 1978-79, the first year of data. The Owls are 6-3 in season openers under Greg Williams and have won their last two openers (both against Prairie View A&M).
Looking For Home Cooking
The Owls went just 6-8 at Tudor Fieldhouse last season, which included a 2-6 mark in C-USA play. Prior to that Rice had gone 38-18 at Tudor since the start of 2009-10 campaign. The Owls play 16 home games this season as opposed to 14 from last year.
The Owls will try and do the impossible in 2014-15, and that's replace Rice basketball's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, Jessica Kuster (graduated). Last season Kuster accounted for 33 percent of the Owls' total points and 32 percent of their total rebounds. She also made up 18 percent of the team's minutes played.
Kuster is currently playing in Romania for CSU Universitatea Alba Iulia. Thru 10 games Kuster is averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and shooting 48 percent from the field to lead her team to an 8-2 record as of Nov. 12.