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Dillard becomes the newest member of Ronald Hughey's coaching staff; Ravon Justice also retained as recruiting coordinator
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Ravon Justice enters her sixth season with the University of Houston women's basketball program and the fourth as recruiting coordinator after spending the previous five years working at Houston Baptist as an assistant coach.
“I’m excited to have Ravon Justice as a part of this staff,” said UH Head Coach Ronald Hughey. “Ravon and I have been through the recruiting wars together and I knew from the beginning I wanted to keep her as a part of my staff. She knows the state of Texas inside and out. She knows what she wants in a basketball player and she goes out and gets it. I’m just happy she’s finally on my side.”
In Justice's first year with the program in 2010-11, the Cougars enjoyed one of their finest seasons in program history, posting a 26-6 overall record and returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
Under the tutelage of Coach Justice, junior point guard Porsche Landry enjoyed a breakout season, earning Conference USA First Team honors after averaging 14.8 points per game, which was nearly five points per contest higher than her career best entering the season. Landry also became one of only four Cougars all-time with career totals of 1,000 points and 300 assists.
Justice also made an immediate impact on the recruiting trail after taking over those duties following the 2010-11 season, as various recruiting services ranked the early six-player class that signed in November of 2011 among the nation's top-40 recruiting hauls, including Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report (No. 22) and ESPN HoopGurlz (No. 39).
During her time at HBU, Justice helped lead the Huskies to a Red River Athletic Conference regular season title and a pair of RRAC tournament championships along with two appearances in the NAIA National Tournament.
Prior to her tenure at HBU, Justice spent a season as an assistant coach at Grayson County College in Denison, Texas, assisting in recruiting efforts and monitoring of the student-athletes' academic progress. There she worked with former Houston associate head coach Wade Scott.
During her own collegiate playing career, Justice attended Nicholls State for one year before transferring to Clarendon College. As a Lady Bulldog, she was named a junior college All-American in addition to receiving Western Junior College Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors and was a teammate of former Cougar great Sancho Lyttle while being coached by Scott.
Following her time at Clarendon, Justice played one season at Washington State before finishing her college career at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.
As a senior at USAO, Justice averaged 19.3 points per game and captured All-Sooner Athletic Conference honors. She tallied the third-most points (521) in a single season in school history during the 2003-04 campaign, while setting school records in free throws (133) and free-throw attempts (214).
Justice earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from USAO in 2004 and received her master's degree in liberal arts from HBU.