FSN Set To Broadcast Two W-Basketball Games Sunday
Feb. 8, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA will showcase a pair of women's basketball games on Fox Sports Network Sunday. Tipping off first on FSN will be Houston at Rice at Noon CT inside the Tudor Fieldhouse, followed by Tulsa hosting Tulane at 2 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The Owls host cross-town rival Houston, in a televised game that coincides with Rice's Play4Kay and National Girls and Women In Sports Day efforts. The Owls, after four near-misses in their previous five games, defeated UAB 61-53 in their last game. Junior forward Jessica Kuster needs six points to move up to eighth on Rice's all-time scoring list and eight rebounds to reach third. Kuster leads Conference USA with 9.9 rebounds per game and averages 16.8 points per game. She has produced 11 double-doubles on the season and owns 38 for her career, ninth most in league history. Rice is averaging 57.3 points, 45.1 rebounds12.3 assists and 5.6 steals per game.
As a team, Houston is averaging 64.7 points, 42.1 rebounds, 11.2 assists, 10 steals and 4.1 blocks per game. Redshirt-senior point guard Porsche Landry leads the Cougar offense with 16.5 points per game while junior Marissa Ashton contributes 8.7 ppt. Defensively, Houston has a pair of players that rank among the league's top six in rebounding as juniors Yasmeen Thompson and Te'onna Campbell account for 8.8 and 8.2 boars per game. Landry also ranks second in the conference with a 4.5 assists per game average, while Thompson's .537 field goal percentage tops the charts.
The two cross-town rivals have met 51 times since 1978-79, making it Rice's second-most played rivalry, behind SMU. The Owls swept the Cougars in three games last season, however the Cougars had won the previous eight contests.
Tulsa (8-13, 3-5) averages 62.3 points per game and holds opponents to a 61.6 per game average. TU is led by Taleya Mayberry with 18.4 points per game, and a team-high 80 assists and 51 steals. Kelsee Grovey nets 9.7 points per game, Tiffani Couisnard averages 8.3 points per game, a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game and has a team-leading 22 blocks, and Loren McDaniel adds 6.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest.
Tulane (17-4, 6-2) is on a three-game winning streak and most recently upset UTEP, 56-49, in New Orleans Thursday. The Green Wave is led by Whitney Bibbins and Danielle Blagg with 12.7 and 10.5 points per game, respectively. Tiffany Dale pulls down a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game and has 33 blocks, while Jamie Kaplan has 89 assists and Olivia Grayson has 41 steals.
This will be the 17th meeting between the two teams, as the Green Wave leads the series 11-5. The two teams split last season, but with both teams losing on their home court.
Tulsa will host the 2013 Conference USA Championship, March 13-16, at the Tulsa Convention Center and BOK Center. The first two rounds will be played at the Tulsa Convention Center, while the semifinals and championship game will be played at the BOK Center. TU has previously hosted the C-USA Championship in 2007 and 2010.
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