Women's Basketball

Owls Host SFA on Wednesday

Nov. 16, 2010

Stephen F. Austin (0-1) at Rice Owls (1-2)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
7 p.m. • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)

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The Rice Owls women's basketball team has its home opener vs. Stephen F. Austin State on Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m. The Owls are now 1-2 on the year after playing three games in Waco, Texas, at the World Vision Classic. The Owls, behind 28 points by junior Brianna Hypolite, defeated Montana State 86-83 (OT), lost to Florida International by one (66-65), and lost to No. 2 Baylor 95-51.

SFA shot just 32 percent in its season opener on Saturday at North Texas and lost 78-75. The LadyJacks came back from an 18-point second-half deficit to tie the game late, but UNT was still able to pull out the win despite 20 points from SFA's Jordan Ford and 14 from Courtney Conwright.

Series History
SFA leads the series 3-2 and won last year's meeting 92-82 at Nacogdoches, Texas.

Season - Result
• 2009-10 - SFA 92, Rice 82
• 2004-05 - Rice 75, SFA 62
• 2003-04 - Rice 94, SFA 50
• 1977-78 - SFA 86, Rice 31
• 1974-75 - SFA 81, Rice 20

Rice Head Coach Greg Williams
Greg Williams (Rice, 1970) is now in his sixth season as the head coach of his alma mater. Williams has a 72-88 record at Rice and a 17-year career mark of 273-227.

The Owls
Rice is led in scoring by juniors Brianna Hypolite (15.3 ppg) and D'Frantz Smart (13.7 ppg). Freshman Jessica Kuster is the team's leading rebounder at 8.3 rpg.

Rice returns its top four scorers from last year's squad that 13-17. Jackie Stanley led the Owls in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.8). Also back are guards, junior D'Frantz Smart (9.4 ppg) and sophomore Jessica Goswitz (8.1 ppg). The Owls third leading scorer from a year ago is senior Morgan Mayse (8.3 ppg). Mayse was also second on the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg.)

Smart led the Owls with 130 assists last season, which ranks as the seventh-best season total in school history. She also led the squad in steals with 58. Goswitz started 27 games as a freshman and made her presence felt as she was second on the team in made three-pointers with 40, second in assists (68), and second in steals (43).

Next Up
Rice hosts Texas A&M on Saturday, November 20 inside Tudor Fieldhouse with tip-off at 7 p.m.

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