Kuster Named C-USA Freshman of the Week for the 11th Time

March 7, 2011

Rice women's basketball player Jessica Kuster has been named as Conference USA's Freshman of the Week as announced by the league office Monday morning. Kuster ended the regular season by recording game-highs of 23 points and 13 rebounds in the team's 73-63 road win at SMU last Thursday, securing the Owls' a top-four seed at this week's C-USA Championship.

This is Kuster's 11th Freshman of the Week award out of 17 weeks this season.

Her performance at SMU marked her 12th double-double of the season, and eighth against a conference opponent. Kuster, from San Antonio and Reagan H.S., made 8-of-16 from the field, including 1-of-2 from three-point range, and went 6-of-7 at the free throw line. She also had two blocks, an assist, and a steal in 31 minutes of work. With her 13 rebounds, she now has 325 on the season, which ranks second on Rice's single season charts.

Rice, the No. 3 seed, plays on Thursday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. (Central) against either Memphis (No. 6 seed) or Southern Miss (No. 11 seed) inside Memorial Gymnasium.

The 2011 Buick C-USA Women's Basketball Championship is set to start on Wednesday, March 9 and run through Saturday, March 12. The first and second round games will be held inside Memorial Gym, followed by the semifinals and title game being played at the Don Haskins Center on UTEP's campus in El Paso, Texas. For ticket information, call 915-747-6150.

N15 Courtney Taylor, Houston & Gloria Brown, UTEP
N22 Jasmine Lee, Memphis
N29 Porsche Landry, Houston
D6 Tynikki Crook, Marshall
D13 Courtney Taylor, Houston
D20 Porsche Landry, Houston
D27 Jelisa Caldwell, UCF
J3 Tiffany Aidoo, Tulane
J10 Tiffany Aidoo, Tulane
J17 Courtney Taylor, Houston
J24 Rachel Vigers, Southern Miss
J31 Lesslee Mason, Houston
F7 Courtney Taylor, Houston
F14 Chelsie Wiley, UCF & Gloria Brown, UTEP
F21 Morgan Mayse, Rice
F28 Courtney Taylor, Houston
M7 Brittney Scott, Houston



N15 Jameirra Faulkner, Southern Miss
N22 Whitney Bibbins, Tulane
N29 Kelli Willingham, UTEP
D6 Jessica Kuster, Rice
D13 Jameirra Faulkner, Southern Miss
D20 Jessica Kuster, Rice
D27 Jessica Kuster, Rice
J3 Jessica Kuster, Rice
J10 Jessica Kuster, Rice
J17 Jessica Kuster, Rice
J24 Jameirra Faulkner, Southern Miss
J31 Jessica Kuster, Rice
F7 Jessica Kuster, Rice
F14 Jessica Kuster, Rice
F21 Karisma Chapman, UAB
F28 Jessica Kuster, Rice
M7 Jessica Kuster, Rice



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