Rice Owls (2-2) vs. Alcorn State Lady Braves (0-3)
Game 5 Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 6 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: Rice leads, 4-2
Last Meeting: Rice won, 74-57 on Nov. 23, 2011
News & Notes
Rice-Alcorn St. (Game 5 Notes)
Kuster Scores 29 as Rice Beats Alcorn State 74-57
Jessica Kuster scored a team-high 29 points for Rice as the Owls held off a pesky Alcorn State squad 74-57 Wednesday night in Tudor Fieldhouse.
Owls Return from Thanksgiving to Face Lady Braves
Rice (2-2) wraps up their three-game home stand on Friday with a 6 p.m. showdown against the Alcorn State (0-3) Lady Braves. The Owls own the all-time series lead against Alcorn St., 4-2, and won the last meeting between the two teams, 74-57 back on Nov. 23, 2011. The Owls have won their last six games against teams from the SWAC, dating back to 2011.
Last Time Out
The Owls bounced back from a disappointing home loss to UALR with a 59-54 triumph over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Monday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice took their first lead 4:36 into the game and never trailed again, leading for the next 35 minutes and staving off multiple Islander (0-3) runs in the process with clutch play at both ends.
Lady Braves Scouting Report
Alcorn State is coming off their third consecutive loss to open the season, falling 57-43 at UAB on Nov. 22. Ashtin McNichols led the Lady Braves with 13 points in the loss. Alcorn St. is averaging just 43.7 points per game, 17 of which is coming from junior guard Olivia Brown.
Porter Among the Nation's Best
Owls' senior post Christal Porter bested her career-high 16-rebound performance in the opener vs. Prairie View with a staggering 18 boards on Saturday vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Through four games Porter is leading all of C-USA in rebounds per game (13.3) and is fourth in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (10.0). The senior already has three double-figure rebounding efforts this season.
Moussa Dropping Dimes
Senior point guard Reem Moussa established a career-high with 10 assists in the win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Moussa became the first Owl to have 10 or more assists in a single-game since D'Frantz Smart had 11 exactly three years to the date on Feb. 24, 2011 vs. Tulane.