Dec. 31, 2009
Rice Game Notes in PDF Format
RICE (4-7) at George Washington (3-8)
Sat., Jan. 2, 2009 11 a.m. CT
Smith Center (5,000) Washington, D.C.
Radio: KTRU 91.7 FM Clifton Morris, play-by-play
Internet: http://www.ktru.org Television: None
Rice vs. George Washington
The Owls are 2-1 in the series vs. the Colonials, after winning 78-68 last season. D'Frantz Smart scored 22 points and Maudess Fulton poured in 20 for Rice as it won its fifth game of the season.
Quick Look at the Owls
Rice is on a two-game winninger streak and has won four of its last five games. The Owls defeated Hofstra 90-71 as D'Frantz Smart scored 24 points and Jackie Stanley added 20 points. The Owls won their first game after Christmas break with 57-48 win over Northwestern State. D'Frantz Smart scored a team-high 16 points, while Jessica Goswitz and Morgan Mayse each tallied 11 points. Jackie Stanley and Candace Ashford each collected 8 rebounds. Two Owls are averaging in double-digits in scoring. Jackie Stanley leads the team at 14.6 ppg, while Morgan Mayse follows at 11.0 Mayse (6.2 rpg) is also second to Stanley (6.5 rpg) in rebounding.
Stanley C-USA Player of the Week
Sophomore Jackie Stanley earned Conference USA's Player of the Week (Dec. 7) for her performance in the Gene Hackerman Invitational. Stanley tallied 18 points and 8 rebounds in the win over UT-Pan American and followed that effort with career and game-highs of 36 points and 14 rebounds in the championship game vs. Sam Houston State. Stanley's 36 points vs. SHSU is a C-USA season-high and is tied as the fourth-most points scored ever by an Owl. She has scored in double-digits five times this season.
Rice Single-Game Scoring Leaders
1. Brenda Conway vs. PVAM (12-9-95) 43
2. Pennie Goff at Texas A&M (1-8-83) 41
3. Pennie Goff vs. P.Quinn (11-30-82) 37
Amelia Cooper at SMU (1-1-89) 37
4. Jackie Stanley vs. SHSU (12-5-09) 36
Lauren Neaves vs. SMU (3-4-06) 36
Amelia Cooper vs. McNeese St. (11-29-88) 36
She has led the Owls in scoring in four games this season. Stanley also leads Rice with two double-doubles and 9 blocks. Stanley has scored in double-digits 6 times this season.
24p, 11r vs. Long Beach State
36p, 14r Sam Houston State
Forward Morgan Mayse is having a fine season thus far. The junior is second on the team in scoring and rebounding at 11.0 ppg and 6.2 rpg. Mayse scored a season-high 17 points at Lamar and she had a season-high 11 rebounds vs. UT-Pan American. Mayse has led the Owls in scoring in two games and has been the team's top rebounder in four games. She has been in double-digit scoring a team-high seven games this season
Goswitz C-USA FOTW
Freshman guard Jessica Goswitz was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week (Dec. 7) after averaging 7 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds in Rice's two wins during the Gene Hackerman Invitational last week. She led the Owls with nine assists and a team-high five steals. She scored seven points against both UT-Pan American and Sam Houston State. Goswitz also had six rebounds against SHSU and six assists vs. UTPA.
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 scored in double-digits for the third time with 10 at Lamar. She is third in scoring on the team at 7.9 ppg, third in assists (26), and second in steals with 17. Goswitz grabbed a season-high 7 rebounds vs. Northwestern State. 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 305 (27.7 mpg).
High Scoring Owls in Williams Era
Rice's 90-point output vs. Hofstra was the most points scored since the Owls tallied 91 vs. Sam Houston State in 2006. Below is a listing of the highest scoring games in the Greg Williams era at Rice:
92-57, W at Rider, 11-12-06
92-91, W (2OT) Mississippi, 11-17-06
91-48, W SHSU, 11-27-06
90-71, W Hofstra, 12-30-09
88-69, W Idaho State, 12-9-06
Wins Add Up, Has TO's Drop
Rice is averaging 15 turnovers in the four games that it has won, while also outrebounding the opposition by 35 boards. In the games that it has lost, Rice is averaging 20.3 turnovers a game.
Tara Watts has started the last 73 games. Watts started all 32 games as a sophomore (2007-08) all 30 games a year ago, and in the first 8 games this season. Watts scored a season-high 13 at Lamar and vs. UMass. She tallied 11 points at SFA and had 9 vs. UALR with three three-pointers. She now ranks fourth all-time at Rice in 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 114
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
Sophomore guard D'Frantz Smart has posted back-to-back season-highs in scoring. Smart led Rice with 16 points in the win over Northwestern State and followed with a team-high 24 points in the win over Hofstra with 7 assists and 3 steals. She leads Rice with 24 steals and in assists with 37. 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.
Rogers Minutes Played
Freshman forward Zoe Rogers played a season-high 17 minutes in the win over Hofstra and scored a season-high 7 points. Rogers also played 17 minutes in the game, after previously playing a total of 16 minutes the whole season.
Ashord Collects 8 Rebounds
Sophomore center Candace Asford snared a career-high 8 rebounds in the win over Northwestern State.
Elliott on the Boards
Sophomore Megan Elliott grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds (8 points) against UALR in 19 minutes of action. She is third on the team in rebounding at 3.7 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. McKinney had put together two nicely played back-to-back in Rice's Gene Hackerman Invitational. She scored 10 points with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals vs. UT-Pan Am and then tallied 9 points with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals vs. Sam Houston State. The sopomore is fifth on th squad in scoring at 5.0 ppg.
Sophomore guard Brianna Hypolite scored a season-high 18 points in the win over UT-Pan American with 6 rebounds in 19 minutes of action. Hypolite poured in 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 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.
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.