Jan. 20, 2014
IRVING, Texas – Rice senior forward Jessica Kuster was named the Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday, marking the second time this season the San Antonio, Texas native has been awarded the honor.
Kuster averaged 23.5 points and 16.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.0 (20-of-39) percent from the field in Rice's victories over Louisiana Tech and Marshall last week. The senior forward also had five blocked shots, four assists and hit all six attempted free throws.
Kuster had a 21 point and 15 rebound performance vs. Louisiana Tech, while shooting 47.4 (9-of-19) percent from the field and registering four blocked shots and four assists Wednesday.
Three days later, she had 26 points and 17 rebounds and shot 55.0 (11-of-20) percent from the floor against Marshall.
With a pair of double-doubles, she increased her season total to 14 and career total to 55, fifth most in C-USA history. Kuster also became Rice's all-time leading rebounder against Louisiana Tech, surpassing Lauren Neaves' previous record of 1,190 boards. She then moved into second place on the Owls all-time scoring list versus Marshall Saturday. She is now just 52 points away from becoming the program's all-time leading scorer.
With the two wins last week, Rice is off to its best C-USA start at 3-1 in school history. Kuster is averaging 20.4 points and a C-USA-best 13.8 rebounds per game this season. This is Kuster's third C-USA Player of the Week honor of her career (2/27/12). Kuster earned the first award of the 2013-14 campaign on Nov. 11.
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