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MU women face Rice in Houston

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HOUSTON -- Rice is looking to sweep a two-game homestand in a 3 p.m. Saturday women's basketball game against Marshall University in Tudor Fieldhouse.

Rice (9-7 season, 2-1 Conference USA) downed Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, 82-68, for its fifth victory in the last seven games.

Jessica Kuster leads the Owls in scoring with a 20.1 average and is first in C-USA rebounding with 13.6 per game.

Kuster, a 6-foot-2 senior, is the Rice career leader in rebounds (1,194) and is 79 points shy of becoming the top scorer in school history. She has 1,773 points in her career.

The Owls also have 6-1 freshman Jasmine Goodwine averaging 7.5 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Three Owls -- Maya Hawkins, Nakachi Maduka and 6-2 junior Christal Porter score 6.3 a game. Porter also gets 6.2 rebounds.

Marshall (7-9, 0-3) took its third consecutive loss of the season Wednesday at North Texas, 63-50.

Leah Scott, a 6-foot junior, and 5-5 junior A.J. Johnson are Marshall's leading scorers with 12.3 and 9.9 averages respectively. Suporia Dickens scores 9.0 a game and the 5-10 senior is also good for 7.4 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Norrisha Victrum adds 8.0 points and leads the conference in assist-turnover ratio at 2.16 with 54 assists and 25 turnovers.

The Thundering Herd inside game has 6-3 junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo averaging 6.6 points and 7.0 rebounds while 6-1 freshman Chelsey Romero adds 6.6 points and 6.1 rebounds.

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