May 6, 2014
We recently had a chance to catch up with Rice's all-time leading scorer, Jessica Kuster, who is in camp with the WNBA's San Antonio Stars. She discussed what the first week has been like and how her experience has been playing amongst the best in the world.
Q: What has your first week in a WNBA camp been like?
A: "The first week has been really intense. Of course I knew that it was going to be a whole new level of intensity and skill, but I've found that daily mental preparation is the biggest factor that I wasn't anticipating as heavily."
Q: What are you looking to show the coaching staff in the exhibition games?
A: "In exhibition games I'm just looking to continue doing the things that got me here, which are rebounding and playing with a lot of energy. Mostly I'm just making sure to keep my ears open and learn what I can do in order to add to the team."
Q. What is the biggest adjustment from college to WNBA?
A. "The biggest adjustment thus far has been basketball IQ. So many WNBA players have a high basketball IQ so it takes multiple efforts to do anything offensively or defensively."
Q. What part of your game has translated the best at the next level?
A. "Since we aren't too far in, I'm not sure exactly what part of my game will translate, but of course I'd hope everything!"
Q. What was the reaction like (family/friends) upon finding out about your opportunity to play in the WNBA?
A. "People's reaction has been fun. Everyone has been tremendously encouraging and it's been so amazing to see how much those around me care. It's a stressful time in my life, physically and mentally, but my support system has been so strong and helped me keep pushing every step of the way."
Kuster and the Stars will play their second preseason game today versus Tulsa at 10:30 a.m.