Dec. 1, 2009
Rice Game Notes in PDF Format
Gene Hackerman Invitational Schedule Dec. 4 & 5
Sam Houston State vs. Jackson State - 5 p.m.
Rice vs. UT-Pan American - 7 p.m.
Saturday Consolation -5 p.m.
Championship - 7 p.m.
RICE (0-6) vs. UT-Pan Am
Fri., Dec. 4, 2009 7 p.m. CT
Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750) Houston, Texas
Radio: KTRU 91.7 FM Clifton Morris, play-by-play
Internet: http://www.ktru.org Television: None
Owls vs Opponents
The Owls have a combined series record of 22-5 vs. the tournament field. Rice is 6-0 vs.UT-Pan Am and won the last meeting 67-60 in 2000. Rice is 15-5 vs. Sam Houston State and won the last contest 91-48 in 2006 and is 1-0 vs. Jackson State, winning 64-48 also in 2006.
Quick Look at the Owls
Rice is now 0-6 on the year after dropping two games at the Wyndham Miami Thanksgiving Tournament. Rice lost to UMass 71-57 and was led by Tara Watts' 13 points and Morgan Mayse's 12 points and 8 rebounds. The Owls then lost 68 to 64 to Long Beach State. Jackie Stanley had a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds. Stanley was named to the all-tournament team. The Owls have hurt themselves by committing 122 turnovers (20.3), while the opponents have committed 80 turnovers (13.3). The Owls have had five different players, to lead them in scoring in each of the first six games. Sophomore transfer Jackie Stanley led Rice in game one (14) and vs. LBSU (24), freshman Jessica Goswitz (10) for game two, freshman Lacy Neu (14) in game three, and junior Morgan Mayse (10) vs. UALR. Tara Watts led Rice vs. UMass (13 points)
Two Owls in Double-Digits
Sophomore Jackie Stanley are Morgan Mayse are the only Owls averaging double-digits in scoring at 12.3 ppg and 10.2 ppg respectively. The duo also lead the Owls in rebounding at 5.2 rpg apiece. Mayse, a year ago, scored a career-high 19 points vs. UCLA and was in double-digit scoring 10 times last season. This is Stanley's first season on the hardwood.
Goswitz Got Game
Freshman Jessica Goswitz's collegiate career is off to a fine start as she scored in double-digits in her first two collegiate games. Goswitz tallied 12 against UT-Arlington and followed up with 10 at No. 8 Texas A&M. She is third in scoring on the team at 7.7 ppg. She made her collegiate debut by starting the UTA game. The Tennessee product played a game-high 38 minutes and scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and made 3 steals. She currently leads Rice in minutes played with 170 (28.3 mpg.) Get Smart Sophomore guard D'Frantz Smart, leads Rice with 9 steals. She finished 2009, second on the squad in scoring at 10.8 ppg, while leading the Owls in scoring 8 times. A member of the C-USA All-Freshman team, she was fifth in C-USA in assists (4.52) and first in steals (2.64). She had a career-high 12 assists in the win over Tulsa. She scored 20 or more points in three games last year. She scored a team season-high 26 points vs. UT-Arlington, 22 vs. George Washington and 20 vs. UCLA. Smart dished out 9 assists vs. UTA and she had 7 at Lafayette. She had a career-high 7 steals vs. Tulane in 39 minutes of action. Smart was second on the squad with 37 three-pointers made.
Tara Watts has started the last 68 games. Watts started all 32 games as a sophomore (2007-08) and all 30 games a year ago. Watts scored a season-high 13 vs. UMass and she tallied 11 points at SFA and had 9 vs. UALR with three three-pointers. She now ranks fourth all-time at Rice with 108 career three-pointers made. She was in double-digit scoring five times last season. She poured in a season-high 20 points at Lafayette, while scoring 14 vs. George Washington, 13 vs. CS-Northridge, 10 at Hofstra, and 15 vs. Houston. She led the team with 39 made three-pointers.
Rice Career Three-Pointers
1. Jessica Garcia (1993-1997) 147
2. Kara Liggett (2000-03) 142
3. Jenny Cafferty (1997-2000) 123
4. Tara Watts (2007-present 108
5. Leslie Tassin (1985-89) 102
6. Krystal Frazier (2003-07) 90
7. Kate Beckler (2000-04) 82
8. Glenda Jensen (1984-88) 81
8. Amber Cunningham (2003-06) 81
10. Lacey Guinn (1991-95) 77
Lindsey Maynard (2000-04) 77
Elliott on the Boards
Sohomore Megan Elliott grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds (8 points) against UALR in 19 minutes of action. She is scond on the team in rebounding at 4.3 rpg.
McKinney Season-High Points
Amenemope McKinney scored a season-high 12 points at SFA.She made 3 of 6 field goals and 5-8 at the free throw line.
Owls Now 4-1 in Home Openers
Prior to the loss to UALR, Rice was 4-0 in home opening games in the Greg Williams' era. The Owls defeated #14 Texas Tech 73-70 to start 2005-06, in 2006-07 Rice defeated Mississippi 92-91 in double overtime, 2007-08 the Owls beat UALR 49-39, and last year Rice defeated Cal State Northridge 76-55 in the first-ever game at the renovated Tudor Fieldhouse.
Sophomore guard Brianna Hypolite scored a career-high 20 points last season at Tulsa. She made 6-11 field goals (3-6 3FGs) and 5-6 FTs in 25 minutes of action. She was in double-digits five times a year ago.
Owls Sign Two of the State's Best
Head coach Greg Williams has announced the signing of Brittany Carter of Winnsboro, Texas, and Jessica Kuster from San Antonio, Texas, to National Letters of Intent to attend Rice and play basketball for the Owls beginning in the fall of 2010.
With only two scholarships available, it was key for Williams to sign players that can have an impact by playing multiple positions.
"It was very beneficial to us to be able to sign young ladies that are multi-positional players," says Williams. "With these two players abilities to play two positions, it is almost like getting four players in two." Kuster is a 6' 2" forward who played at San Antonio's Reagan High School for coach Terry Barton. ESPN Hoopgurlz has her ranked as the number 34 ranked forward in the nation, while All-Star Girls Report rated her as the number 58 power forward in the country. Kuster possesses and inside-outside game in scoring and rebounding down low, while also being able to knock down the 17-foot jumper as well as going coast-to-coast. Premier Basketball Report has Kuster ranked as the 14th-best player in the state of Texas.
"Jessica is very athletic and she runs extremely well," comments Williams. "She is a good passer and is smart player on the court who can also defend on the perimeter against smaller players and can play in the post."
She averaged 15 points and 13 rebounds a game during her junior season in 2009. Kuster was named first team all-district and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) all-region.
Carter comes to Rice as a 5' 8" combo guard from one of the state of Texas' most successful high school programs in Winnsboro H.S. She is an aggressive player and is an excellent on-ball defender.
"Brittany is very athletic and quick who can shoot the three," says Williams. "She gives us flexibility in playing her at the one or two positions.
During her junior season in 2009, Carter averaged 13 points a game as well as 5.8 assists a game, while shooting 49 percent from the field. Brittany also averaged 4.1 rebounds a game and 7.3 steals in being named MVP of District 13-2A. She was also named to the TGCA All-Regional and TGCA All-State. Carter was also a TABC 2A All-Region. Winnsboro, coached by Buddy Hawkins, posted a 36-2 record in 2009.
As a sophomore in 2008, Carter helped lead the Red Raiders to the state semi-finals and she was named as District 13-2A's Defensive Player of the Year. Winnsboro was state runner-up in 2007, Carter's freshman season.