March 31, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Jessica Kuster was named team MVP at the Rice Women's Basketball Banquet Sunday evening, becoming the first player in school history to win the award in four consecutive seasons.
Kuster averaged a career-high 20.9 points and 13.3 rebounds en toute to breaking the Owls single-season scoring record as well as the career points and rebounding marks. Kuster became the first player in C-USA history to be named to both the first-team all-conference as well as the all-defensive team in four consecutive seasons.
Maya Hawkins was named the Freshman of the Year, finishing third on the team with 7.0 points per game and total assists and leading the Owls in three-point field goals made (24). Hawkins made six three-pointers in an overtime win over Marshall on Jan. 18, falling one shy of the school's single-game record.
Reem Moussa was named the Most Improved Player of the Year, leading the Owls in total assists (91) and made 25 starts in the backcourt. Moussa was the lone Owl to finish the season with a positive, plus-minus in assists to turnover ratio.
Christal Porter and Kuster shared the Defensive Award. Porter was asked on a nightly basis to defend the opposing team's top low-post scorer and finished the season averaging 6.9 rebounds. Kuster made the C-USA All-Defensive Team for a fourth straight year and led the Owls in defensive rebounds (194) and total blocks (43).
Alyssa Lang received the Fighting Owl Award, playing in all 30 games and was consistently the team's leader in taking charges.
Megan Shafer received the Academic Award for a second-straight season, holding a 3.6 GPA and a Rice Scholar Athlete.