2009-10 Season (Sophomore): Sophomore earned starting nod after contributing as a freshman ... played in all 30 games with 21 starts ... averaged 3.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game ... finished second on the team with 16 blocked shots ... team's third leading rebounder ... scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and added career-best four assists in season opener vs. Furman ... grabbed seven rebounds - all on the defensive end - and added a pair of assists and a block against Western Carolina in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout ... scored five points and added six rebounds and a steal in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout against Alaska Anchorage ... drilled a three from the top of the key to push UC's lead to 20 in the second half against Eastern Kentucky ... scored five points on 2-of-2 shooting against Wright State ... scored nine points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and added six rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench against St. John's ... earned starting nod at Rutgers, scoring four points on 2-of-3 shooting and adding a rebound and a block ... got second straight start vs. No. 19/18 Georgetown, scoring two points with five rebounds and a steal in a career-high 37 minutes ... scored four points and grabbed five boards in win at Seton Hall ... made fourth straight start at DePaul, scoring six points and grabbing six rebounds with an assist and two blocks ... scored four points and grabbed a team-high and career-best nine rebounds against USF ... matched career high with nine rebounds and scored six points in career-best 45 minutes in overtime win at Louisville ... posted two points, four rebounds, and a block against No. 4/3 Notre Dame ... posted six points, six rebounds, a block, and a steal in 34 minutes in overtime win at Syracuse ... matched season high with10 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and added a pair of steals at Providence ... scored four points and grabbed five rebounds against Villanova ... scored eight points with six rebounds in 34 minutes against Pittsburgh, shooting 4-of-7 from the floor with two assists ... posted first career double-double, tying career high with 11 points and grabbing a career-best 11 rebounds at Marquette ... scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in BIG EAST Championship second round game against Rutgers.
2008-09 Season (Freshman): Made third start of the season against DePaul, scoring three points with a rebound, a block, and a steal ... scored six points with two rebounds in 17 minutes at USF ... hit a three for the second straight game and added two rebounds against Pittsburgh ... knocked down a three and added rebound and an assist in nine minutes against Marquette ... blocked a career-best three shots at Notre Dame ... scored a career-high 11 points against Connecticut, knocking down 3-of-7 from the three-point line ... played 14 minutes with three rebounds and scored first points in BIG EAST play with a bucket at Louisville ... hit a pair of threes and added two rebounds against Saint Francis (Pa.) ... scored seven points and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line at Wright State ... knocked down a three for the second straight game, tallying three points and a rebound in 10 minutes against rival Xavier ... tallied six points in five minutes, including a three-pointer against Dayton ... scored five points and added a career-best five rebounds in win over Savannah State ... recorded first career blocked shot and steal against Toledo ... started in first collegiate game, scoring eight points with three rebounds against Detroit.
Pre-Cincinnati Career: Unique all-around talent that can score from close or long-range with great passing ability ... all-time leading scorer (1,465 points) and shot blocker (221 blocks) at Newman High School for head coach Tom Weinkauf ... averaged 18.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 2.6 assists, and 2.1 steals during her career ... nominated for Street & Smith's All-America team as a junior and senior ... McDonald's All-America nominee as a senior ... four-time unanimous first-team all-conference selection ... three-time all-state honoree ... conference player of the year as a senior ... played in the Wisconsin state Division 4 all-star game following her senior season ... AAU teammate of fellow Bearcat Katie Bushman with WI Select 17 ... helped Newman Catholic to a pair of state runner-up finishes ... also earned four letters as a middle blocker in volleyball ... three-time all-conference volleyball player ... earned team MVP award as a senior ... all-state student-athlete award as a senior ... member of the National Honors Society ... four-year high honor roll honoree.
Personal: Full name is Valerie Ann Schuster ... born April 18, 1990 in Marshfield, Wis. ... daughter of Kurt and Deb Schuster ... has three sisters, Kate, Andrea, and Emily ... mother played basketball and softball at South Dakota ... father played football at South Dakota ... majoring in exploratory studies.