Rentschler to play for Lady Frogs in 2008-09
July 24, 2008
FORT WORTH--Rachel Rentschler, who joined the TCU women's basketball team in early May after transferring from Texas, received a one-time waiver from the NCAA and will be eligible to play for the Lady Frogs during the upcoming season, Head Coach Jeff Mittie announced Thursday.
"We feel that Rachel will be able to step in immediately and help our team," Mittie said. "We recruited her heavily in high school and are very familiar with her talents. The team is looking forward to seeing her on the floor this season."
Rentschler, a 6-2 forward, will join the Frogs as a sophomore after playing in 34 of 35 games during the Longhorns' NCAA Tournament run in 2007-08 as a true freshman. She returns to the Fort Worth area, where she put together one of the top high school careers in Texas history while playing for Fort Worth Christian High School from 2004 through 2007.
"I am excited to be able to play this season," Rentschler said. "This team is made up of a great group of girls, and I have had the chance to get familiar with many of them this summer. I think we are heading for a great year."
A native of Keller, Texas, Rentschler totaled season averages of 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season for UT and ranked second on the team with 18 blocked shots. She shot 41-of-105 from the field overall and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line for the season. She posted her career-high scoring effort of 13 points during a Nov. 15 win over Lamar, when she went 6-of-9 from the field. She also totaled highs of five rebounds and 21 minutes played against the Cardinals.
Rentschler was rated as one of the nation's top recruits prior to enrolling at Texas. Both Scout.com/HoopGurlz.com and Rise Magazine tabbed her as the nation's No. 26 overall recruit in 2006-07, including the third-best prospect in Texas and No. 8 forward nationally.
She led Fort Worth Christian to three TAPPS 5A state titles her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons and was named the state's 2007 Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year. Rentschler ranks as the state's sixth-leading scorer all-time with 3,215 points, and her 899 points as a sophomore in 2004-05 set the National Christian School Athletic Association record (NCSAA).
In addition to the high ratings, Rentschler also raked in several other honors during her decorated prep career. She was a finalist for the 2007 McDonald's High School All-America Game and earned honorable-mention All-America honors from Street & Smith's Magazine in both 2006 and 2006. Her selection to the NCSAA All-America First Team in 2005 and 2006 made her the lone sophomore and junior to be named to the five-player team during the respective seasons. Rentschler earned her third selection as a senior in 2007.
The NCAA waiver will help TCU in its efforts to replace a group of five graduated seniors that included the program's No. 2 all-time leading scorer in Adrianne Ross and its No. 2 all-time leading rebounder in Lorie Butler-Rayford. Rentschler is one of four players with previous college experience who will play their first seasons with the Lady Frogs next season.