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Eckerd Junior Kati Rausberg's Historic Record Puts Basketball Career in Perspective

posted on 01/10/2011

Kati Rausberg

by Sean M. Sullivan, Eckerd College Tritons Sports Information Assistant

Playing for the Estonia National Women's Basketball Team, junior guard Kati Rausberg had offers to play at multiple Division I and II colleges coming out of high school. The dream of playing college basketball in the United States remained her goal even after she suffered an ACL tear late in her final season with her club team Audentes.

"When I knew I had to have surgery, I had no idea if any schools would still want me," Rausberg said. "I was even considering staying home to continue playing with my club team. I actually had some thoughts that if college in the (United States) didn't work out I wanted to play professionally in Europe, which I still want to do after I graduate."

The injury severed ties with several interested colleges, however, Eckerd College women's basketball head coach Paul Honsinger knew Rausberg would be a great fit at Eckerd, and stayed with her throughout the recruiting process.

"I was disappointed to hear of her ACL injury and felt badly for her, but I was confident that Kati had the work ethic and mindset required to rehabilitate herself back to full strength," Honsinger said. "She was too good of a talent to pass up on. Although it was a gamble, we thought it was a small one. In hindsight I'm really glad we did."

With only email correspondence and internet research, Rausberg chose to come to Eckerd. A point guard in Estonia, Rausberg's three-point shooting skills led her to the shooting guard position in the United States.

Her first season as a Triton was a solid one. Despite the learning curve and transition, the Tallinn, Estonia native managed to break the single-season record for three-point percentage (42.3) while hitting 41 three pointers en route to a program best 19-win season.

"It was pretty tough mentally to come back after the injury," Rausberg said. "Overall I think I got back on court fast. It took little time for me to start playing like my old self. As I got more playing time my confidence level came back and I felt like I contributed more. I knew then that I would continue to improve and help the team in the future."

Her sophomore season, Rausberg embraced her role as a three-point shooter and broke the record for three pointers made in a season (66). She also broke her previous single-season record for three-point percentage, shooting 46.2 percent from behind the arc.

Entering this season, the junior was tied for third place for career three pointers made (107). This season, the shooting guard is shooting 45.6% from behind the arc. Against Puerto Rico-Bayamon, Rausberg was 5-for-7 from three point land, scoring 17 points en route to a 64-48 win.

Entering Thursday's conference match-up against University of Tampa, Rausberg knew she only needed one three pointer to break the record. Seven minutes into the first half the junior drained the record-breaking three-pointer, adding to her already illustrious career.

With at least 14 games remaining this season, and her entire senior year ahead of her, the career three pointers record could become one of the prestigious marks in Eckerd College women's basketball history. As for now, Rausberg can take a moment to reflect on her achievements before getting back to the grind of the conference schedule.

Eckerd College Women's Career Three-Pointers:
1. Kati Rausberg.........................136
2. Lori Warriner (93-96).....................135
3. Stephanie Grace (06-10)..............119
4. KC Gavin (03-07)............................107
5. Andrea Patterson (01-03).............105

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