Women's Basketball Returns Home to Host UALR

Christal Porter and the Owls host UALR Saturday at 2 p.m.
Nov. 21, 2014

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Rice Owls (1-1) vs. UALR Trojans (1-1)
Game 3 • Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas 
• Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
Tickets: Single-Game Tickets  Audio: Listen Live (Free)  
Video Stream ($): Watch Live (OwlVision)
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• Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball 
Series Record: UALR leads, 6-1
Last Meeting: UALR won 76-48 on Nov. 24, 2012

Owls Return to Tudor Fieldhouse

The Owls open up a three-game home stand beginning Saturday when they host the UALR Trojans (2-0) at 2 p.m. UALR leads the all-time series vs. Rice, 6-1, and have won five straight in the series. Rice will not make their next road appearance until Dec. 3 when they play at crosstown rival Houston.  

Last Time Out

Rice hung with the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies deep into the second half on the road before A&M went on a 25-11 run to open things up en route to a 76-55 victory over the Owls. Jasmine Goodwine led Rice with 12 points and the Owls outrebounded the Aggies, 42-40, with 20 of those boards coming on the offensive end.   

UALR Scouting Report

UALR is on a roll at this early stage of the season. After defeating No. 24 LSU on Nov. 14 to open the year, the Trojans earned another double-digit victory against Missouri State on Tuesday. UALR got a team-high 16 points from Alexius Dawn as the team pulled away from the Lady Bears in the second half. The Trojans are riding a huge wave of success over the last decade, making the postseason in six of the last seven seasons including three NCAA Tournament berths and three WNIT trips. The team has two players on the All-Sun Belt Preseason Team, and Coach Joe Foley is back for his 12th year.

Crashing the Glass

Through two games the Owls are doing a superb job on the offensive glass, averaging a league-best 18.5 rebounds per game on the offensive end and 48 boards per game overall. Last season, Rice averaged just 41.4 rebounds per contest and 13.3 of those came from Jessica Kuster (graduated). Senior Christal Porter (cont. Pg 2) leads the Owls this season with 12.0 rebounds per game and has combined with Jasmine Goodwine to pull down 15 offensive rebounds in two games. 

Looking For Home Cooking

The Owls won their home opener last week against Prairie View A&M and are looking to re-establish some home court dominance after struggles at Tudor Fieldhouse last season. The Owls went just 6-8 at home last year, 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.

A Texas Themed Schedule

The Owls will face eight non-conference Texas schools 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). 

Replacing Kuster

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.  

The Last Meeting
November 24, 2012
Little Rock, Ark.
Women's Basketball Falls To UALR
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Despite a strong start to the game, Rice's women's basketball team fell 76-48 to two-time defending Sun Belt Tournament Champions UALR at the Jack Stephens Center on Saturday.





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