April 13, 2013
Jessica Kuster was named MVP at the Rice Women's Basketball Banquet on Saturday. Kuster led the squad with 16.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
Kuster averaged a double-double for the third straight season, is one of two active juniors nationally to have averaged a double-double in all three of their seasons. She was named First Team All-C-USA for her efforts this season.
Megan Palmer was named the team's newcomer of the year, finishing second on the team with 9.5 points per game. Palmer ranked 4th among C-USA freshmen in scoring and second among C-USA Freshmen in rebounding. She was named C-USA Freshman of the Year on Dec. 17.
Christal Porter was named the team's Most Improved Player, averaging 8.1 rebounds per game, which ranked 9th in C-USA and ranked ninth in C-USA games in field goal percentage. She had double digit points in seven of the final eight games of the season.
Kuster and Nakachi Maduka shared the Defensive Award, after Kuster earning Defensive Player of the Year honors, and Maduka having to play against the other team's best perimeter defender. Kuster led C-USA in blocks, while Maduka's top defensive performance came holding C-USA Player of the Year Keena Mays to 2-20 shooting and six points on Mar. 3.
Jessica Goswitz received the Fighting Owl Award, after being named Academic All-C-USA and starting all 30 games at point guard. She averaged 4.6 points and was second on the squad with 70 assists.
Megan Shafer received the team's Academic Award. A member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, Shafer shot 36.8 percent from distance in C-USA play, and scored nine or more points in three of the last four games of the season.