Dec. 4, 2013
Rice Owls (4-5, 0-0 C-USA) vs. Texas State Bobcats (1-5, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Game 10 • Thursday, December 5, 2013 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
Audio: RiceOwls.com • TV: None • Stream: RiceOwls.com
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Series Record: Rice leads, 9-3
Last Meeting: Rice won 73-61, 11/20/12
Owls Set For Last Game Before Extended Break
Rice returns home to Tudor Fieldhouse on Thursday looking to earn one final victory before taking a 14-day break from game action due to finals. The Owls are 2-1 at home this season and have gone 2-5 overall since starting the season 2-0. Texas State enters play on Thursday having lost five consecutive games, most recently a 73-60 setback to UTEP.
Briefly On The Owls
• Despite seeing her double-doubles streak snapped at seven games, Rice senior forward Jessica Kuster continues to lead the nation in the category along with Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas. Kuster also leads all of NCAA Division I in total rebounds with 116.
• Kuster was named to the Omni Hotels Classic All-Tournament Team last weekend, averaging 22 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kuster did most of her damage at the free throw line where she set tournament records in both free throws made (23) and attempted (29). Her 30 points against Colorado was the ninth 30-plus point performance of her career, moving her into second place in Rice history behind Holly Jones (12).
San Marcos, Texas
WBB Beats Texas State 73-61
SAN MARCOS, Texas- Rice downed Texas State 73-61 at Strahan Coliseum on Tuesday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Jessica Kuster led the Owls with 26 points and 19 rebounds.
• Freshman forward Jasmine Goodwine continues to be a spark for the Owls off the bench. In the win over Samford Goodwine played a career-high 30 minutes and finished with a team-best 11 rebounds, marking the first time an Owl other than Kuster led the team in rebounding.
Rice has outscored their opponents in bench production in each of the last three contests by a combined score of 64-42, including a 22-20 edge at Colorado. In the win over Samford the Owls had a season-high 10 different players register points.
Rice vs. Texas State
The Owls are 9-3 all-time against Texas State, which includes a 73-61 victory over the Bobcats last season. In that contest Kuster scored 26 points and grabbed 19 rebounds and had three blocks. The Owls outrebounded the Bobcats by a staggering 63-36 margin. This season Texas State ranks 55th in the nation in three-point makes per game (7.2). Ashley Ezeh lead the Bobcats with 10.7 points per game.