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Kuster breaks Rice rebounding record in victory over La Tech

Rice senior Jessica Kuster goes for a rebound against UTEP last season. Kuster is now the all-time Rice University leader in rebounding with 1,194 career boards.
Rice senior Jessica Kuster goes for a rebound against UTEP last season. Kuster is now the all-time Rice University leader in rebounding with 1,194 career boards.Rice Athletics

Jessica Kuster became the Rice University women’s basketball career rebounding leader Wednesday as the Owls rebounded from its first C-USA loss to defeat Louisiana Tech.

Kuster grabbed 15 rebounds in Rice’s 82-68 win at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls improved to 2-1 in Conference USA and are now 9-7 on the season.

With 10:44 to go in the second half, Kuster grabbed career rebound number 1,191, one more than previous school record holder, Lauren Neaves. Kuster, a San Antonio native, was honored during the following media timeout.

Neaves played at Rice from 2003-2007. The Cooper City, Fla. native held the school rebounding record for about 7 years. She also set the Rice blocked shot records. Neaves has played basketball in France for several seasons.

With 1,194 career rebounds, Kuster has the second most in Conference USA history. The record holder is former TCU player Sandora Irvin, who racked up 1,370 boards from 2001 to 2005. Kuster is also third in Rice career points and closing in on that record.

Kuster finished with a team-high 21 points to go along with 4 assists and 4 blocks while playing 38 minutes. Freshman forward Jasmine Goodwine scored a career-high 19 points while Nakachi Maduka contributed 10 points.

“It was a great team win,” Kuster said. “I feel like we hit our stride finally. Our off court chemistry is coming together. We had three people in double figures tonight. I think that says a lot about the way we’re playing.”

The 82 points Rice scored was the most this season. The Owls also had a season-high 26 assists, compared to just 10 for the Lady Techsters. Rich shot 54 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line.

“26 assists on 32 field goals is fantastic,” said Rice coach Greg Williams. “We saw people and we really shared the ball.”

Louisiana Tech fell to 5-11, 0-3 in C-USA. The Lady Techsters shot just 32 percent from the field and missed 7 of 10 3-point shots. Whitney Frazier led the scoring with 21 points.

The Owls continue the homestand with a 2 p.m. Saturday game against Marshall.

  1. Jessica Kuster (2010-current) 1,194
  2. Lauren Neaves (2003-07) 1,190
  3. Goya Qualls (1979-82) 991
  4. Holly Jones (1985-87) 889
  5. Pennie Goff (1981-84) 855

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