April 6, 2012
Rice University women's basketball player Jessica Kuster finished the 2012 season ranked in the top 10 in the nation for rebounding.
Kuster, a sophomore forward from San Antonio, Texas, and Reagan High School, concluded the campaign ranked ninth in the NCAA and led Conference USA with an 11.1 rebounding average. She was among the nation's top 10 leaders throughout this past season. She snared 334 rebounds in 30 games played and that total is third-best all-time at Rice for rebounds in a season.
"Jessica ranking ninth in the nation is a tremendous individual achievement," says her coach Greg Williams. "It shows a strong work ethic, determination and consistency for every game. She was also the second best rebounder in her class for the second consecutive season. Jessica's rebounding on the defensive end was a big reason we were one of the best defensive teams in Conference USA, while giving us numerous second-chance opportunities off her offensive rebounds."
She was one of only two C-USA players that averaged a double-double for 2012, and only one of 21 in the nation to average a double-double in scoring and rebounding. Kuster averaged 17.3 points a game (second in C-USA) to pair with her 11.1 rebounding average. The team co-captain was selected to the All-C-USA First Team and All-C-USA Defensive Team for the second straight season.
2012 NCAA Div. 1 Top 10 Rebounders in the Nation
Rank, Player, School, Ht., Pos., Games, Avg.
1 Courtney Hurt, VCU, Sr., 6-0, F, 34, 447, 13.1
2 Sequeena Thomas, Sam Houston State, Jr., 6-0, F, 30, 377, 12.6
3 Ashar Harris, Morehead State, Jr., 5-9, F, 29, 361, 12.4
4 Cheyenne Parker, High Point, So., 6-4, C, 33, 403, 12.2
5 Rachael Hackbarth, Drake, Sr., 6-3, F, 34,401, 11.8
6 Kylie Kuhns, Sacramento State, Jr., 6-0, F, 31, 360, 11.6
7 Avery Warley, Liberty, Sr., 6-3, C, 33, 381, 11.5
8 Megan Herbert, Central Arkanas, Jr.5-11, F, 31, 350, 11.3
9 Jessica Kuster, Rice, So., 6-2, F, 30, 334, 11.1
10 Markel Walker, UCLA, Jr., 6-1, G, 23, 252, 11.0