By now, you should be more than familiar with our series of regularly updating leaderboards for various Marquette Golden Eagles sports accomplishments. Keep checking back to that link in the previous sentence for our charts as the seasons continue to churn through history and MU’s various teams continue to create new memories and accomplishments.
Here, we’re going to talk about the Marquette women’s basketball’s all-time rebounding record as well as who is approaching the top 15 all time.
MU’s all time leading rebounder is Abbie Willenborg, who hauled in 1,167 rebounds in her four year career back in the late 1990s to best Julie Sievers’ record. Erika Davenport could have taken a run at toppling Willenborg, but a senior season ending injury stopped her just 127 rebounds short of a new record.
We will not see that record fall this season. In fact, we might not even see anyone get into the top 15.
The only player we will be watching climb the rebounding chart this season is redshirt senior Lauren Van Kleunen. The Ohio native hauled in a career high 188 rebounds last year while averaging 5.9 per game to bring her up to 432 rebounds total in her time in a Marquette uniform. That leaves her 212 rebounds short of Clare Barnard’s 15th best all-time total of 644.
Now, yes, 212 is more than 188, but it’s not a lot more. Since Van Kleunen only played 25.5 minutes per game last season, it’s reasonable to think that she could play a little bit more in 2020-21 and thus get more opportunities to haul in missed shots. The downside to that theory is that Marquette still has not announced any non-conference games for the women’s basketball team as I write this on the afternoon of November 15th. If Van Kleunen plays 30 minutes per game in MU’s 20 game Big East schedule, that’s 600 minutes..... and she played 816 a year ago.
So you can see how there might be a problem getting Van Kleunen to 213 rebounds on the year and into the top 15 all-time. It’ll give us something fun to keep an eye on, that’s for sure. Then again, she would have to average about 10 rebounds per game if there’s only a league schedule and a conference tournament this season.
Here’s the list as it stands at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Marquette Women’s Basketball All-Time Rebounding Chart
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