Jessica Kuster.

Women's Basketball

Owls Crush Houston Baptist 82-46

Dec. 21, 2010

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Houston - Rice scored a season-high 48 points in the first half to cruise to an 82-46 victory at Houston Baptist Tuesday night inside Sharp Gym on the HBU campus. The Owls (6-5) used a full-court press to hold HBU (2-10) to only 19 points in the first 20 minutes as the Huskies committed 18 turnovers that led to 20 points for the Owls.

The Owls scored the first 9 points of the contest and led 16-2 as Morgan Mayse had 6 points and Jessica Kuster 4. Rice shot 55.6 percent in the half, its second-highest in the first half this season, behind the 58.3 percent it shot vs. Montana State.

"I was pleased overall with our performance this evening," commented Rice head coach Greg Williams. "I moved Jessica Kuster into the starting lineup and her presence gives us more athleticism and we decided to press tonight, which we haven't done much of this season and that set the tempo early in the game.

"I was happy that we had balance scoring and I thought Megan Elliott and Morgan Mayse both did a great job. It is certainly nice to get a win before Christmas break."

Four Owls were in double-digit scoring for the night. Kuster, a freshman, scored a game-high 16 points as she made her debut in the starting lineup. Kuster also had 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and 2 assists. Mayse and Brianna Hypolite each tallied 13 points. Also, Megan Elliott tallied 11 points with 7 rebounds. D'Frantz Smart had 4 steals, as did Hypolite, to go with her game-high 7 assists.

Despite calling off the press to start the second-half, the Owls outscored the Huskies 12-4 with Kuster scoring 8 of those points. Rice for the night had a season-high 18 steals as HBU committed 28 turnovers, the most by an Owl opponent this season.

Destini Texada led HBU with 11 points, while grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Owls are not in action again until Dec. 28 when the play at Northwestern State before competing at Texas State on Dec. 30.

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