Women's Basketball Heads To Tulane
Feb. 13, 2013
Rice Owls (10-12, 2-7 C-USA) at Tulane Green Wave (17-5, 6-3 C-USA)
Game 23 Thursday, Feburary 14, 2013 7 p.m.
New Orleans, La. Develin Fieldhouse (3,600)
Series Record: Tulane leads 15-12
Rice Takes To New Orleans To Face Tulane
Rice faces Tulane for a second time this season, after dropping a 69-65 contest to the Green Wave on Jan. 17. The Owls have played several close games in C-USA play, with five of their last seven being decided by four or fewer points.
Briefly On The Owls
Jessica Kuster is the only player in C-USA and one of 36 players nationally to be averaging a double double
Kuster is one of eight players nationally to have averaged a double double in 2010-11, 2011-12 and to currently be averaging a double double in 2012-13. Kuster and Middle Tennessee's Ebony Rowe are the only two juniors on that list.
This is the seventh time in 10 league games that Rice is facing a team coming off of a loss.
The road team holds a 9-6 edge in the Tulane-Rice series since 2006. In three seasons (2007, 2008, 2011) the road team won both meetings.
Rice has had a second half lead or tie in six of their last eight C-USA games, and had a possession to tie in one of the other two
Rice has held 11 opponents to less than 60 points this season, and is 9-2 in those games
Rice vs. Tulane
Rice and Tulane have met 15 times in the regular season and once in the C-USA Tournament since Rice joined the league in 2005-06, and the series is tied 8-8 that time period. The Owls and Green Wave have split their two meetings in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, with Rice sweeping in 2006 and the Green Wave taking two in 2010. The Owls beat the Green Wave in their only meeting in the C-USA Tournament, winning the C-USA Semifinal in 2007. The road team holds a 9-6 edge in the series in that time span.
Prepare For Trouble, Make It Double Double
Jessica Kuster, along with Middle Tennesse's Ebony Rowe, are the only two juniors in the NCAA who are on track to average a double double in each of their first three years and two of eight players nationally who are on pace to average a double double each of the past three years. Kuster would become the first Rice player to have back-to-back-to-back double double seasons, should her averages hold.
Kuster's Quick Starts
Twice this season, Jessica Kuster had as many points (10+) as the opposing team midway through the first half. At then-No. 24 Tennessee, Kuster had 12 points to match the Lady Vols' 12 until 13:33 of the first half. Against Houston, Kuster's 10 points matched the Cougars' total until 10:22 of the first frame.
Goswitz Featured In Methodist's Leading Medicine Magazine
Rice senior Jessica Goswitz is featured on the cover of the first 2013 issue of Methodist Hospital's Leading Medicine magazine, alongside Houston Texans star Arian Foster. The pull-out pictorial features other local sports stars such as Texans QB Matt Schaub, Dynamo & US National Team Midfielder Brad Davis, Astros P Bud Norris, gymnast Chris Brooks, Houston Ballet dancer Lauren Anderson, and an Elkins HS soccer player. The issue focuses on Sports Medicine, with an article quoting Goswitz and Foster on health and lifestyle choices of athletes.
Rice is wearing pink headbands, shoelaces, and other pink accessories for the entire month of February for breast cancer awareness.
Rice last played on Valentine's Day in 2010, losing at Tulsa, and played at Tulane on Valentine's Day in 2008, defeating the Green Wave 78-73.