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Lady Owl Kuster Handling The Load

By NATE GRIFFIN, SportsRadio 610
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Kuster with 300-win Coach Greg Williams

Kuster with 300-win Coach Greg Williams

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HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) – Consistency is key with any player in any sport and certainly Lady Owls 6’2” sophomore forward Jessica Kuster has been just that; a model of consistency her sophomore year. But it all started during her freshman season.

Kuster was celebrated as the Conference USA Freshman of the Year. In addition, she earned a place on the All-Conference USA First Team, only the second freshman in C-USA history to receive such a distinction. Kuster was also selected to the All-Conference USA Freshman and All-Defensive Teams. She was chosen Conference USA Freshman of the Week 11 of 17 weeks and also earned the Gene Hackerman Team MVP Award for 2010-11.

All of this after racking up a team-high 13 double-doubles and scoring in double-digits in a team-high 24 games. She put a bow on the season by averaging double-digit rebounds in a team-high 15 games.

Rice Women’s Head Basketball Coach, Greg Williams, who on January 26th earned his 300th career victory with a 66-44 win over East Carolina, is all grins about the San Antonio native.

“Of course we didn’t know when we brought her in that she was going to do the things she’s done. She’s impacting the game at both ends of the floor. She stepped up her game from a year ago even though she’s more a focal point of opposing defenses from the get-go; where-as last year she kind of snuck in there.”

SOPHOMORE SEASON NO EXCEPTION

Kuster certainly has stepped up her game and when looking at the numbers one will quickly see there is no drop off. She is number 3 in Conference USA in scoring with a 15.1 points per game average. Kuster is the 7th best rebounder in the nation and number 2 in C-USA averaging 10 boards per game.

Kuster also averages 2.1 blocks per game which is good for a number 3 conference ranking. Williams likes the numbers and fully understands the challenges.

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