Cougars to Clash With No. 1 UConn on Tuesday

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    Jan. 6, 2014

    Houston (4-10, 0-3 The American) at No. 1 UConn (15-0, 3-0 The American)
    Storrs, Conn. | Gampel Pavilion 
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. CT
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    STORRS, Conn.-- The Cougars aim to earn one of the biggest wins in program history, as they get ready to take on top-ranked UConn, Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. CT inside Gampel Pavilion.

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    A Look at the Series...

    Houston vs. UConn

    Series Notes: This will be the first all-time meeting between the two schools.

    How About Them Huskies?

    The UConn Huskies enter this one as the unanimous No. 1 team in the land, receiving all 36 first place votes in the AP poll and all 32 first place votes in the USA Today/ Coaches' Poll...the Huskies are  15-0 overall and tied for first place in the American with a 3-0 conference mark after defeating Memphis 90-49 last Saturday...UConn sports five players averaging double figures in the scoring column with sophomore guard Brianna Stewart leading the charge, averaging 18.1 points per game on 47.6 percent shooting. She was also picked as the conference's preseason player of the year....Senior center Stephanie Dolson is the team's leading rebounder (10.1 rpg) and second-leading scorer (14.1 ppg), while Bria Hartley (13.8 ppg), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (12.3 ppg) and Moriah Jefferson (10.3 ppg) also average double-digits in the scoring department...the Huskies lead The American in 14 different categories, including scoring margin (+37.0) and scoring defense (47.7 ppg)...UConn ranks second in the league in points  per game, putting up 84.7 per contest...the Huskies were picked to win The American according to the league's preseason coaches' poll.

    Houston vs. No. 1 

    Overall Record 0-9

    Home Record 0-4

    Away Record 0-3

    Neutral Site Record 0-2

    Longest Win Streak N/A

    Longest Losing Streak 9 games 

    Current Streak 9 games

    Record in Last 10 Meetings N/A

    First Meeting 

    Feb. 4, 1980 at No. 1 Texas (L 104, 71)

    Last Meeting 

    Nov. 29, 1996 ( L, 83-51)

    No. 1 Matchups Game-by-Game

    02/04/80 at #1 Texas L, 71-104

    03/08/84 #1 Texas L, 76-96

    02/05/85 #1 Texas L, 60-79

    01/02/86 #1 Texas L, 66-92

    02/01/86 at #1 Texas L, 60-87

    03/06/86 vs. #1 Texas L, 64-81

    01/28/87 #1 Texas L, 73-79

    03/01/87 at #1 Texas L, 55-60

    11/29/96 vs. #1 Stanford L, 51-83

    Houston vs. No. 1 

    This will be the 10th time in school history the Cougars have taken on a team ranked No. 1 in the nation...the last was a matchup vs. No. 1 Stanford on Nov. 29, 1996 in the opening round of the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Cougars fell in that one 83-51...this meeting with UConn will mark just the second time Houston has faced a No. 1 ranked opponent that wasn't Texas, as eight of Houston's first nine meetings with nation's top team had been vs. Texas...Houston's largest margin of defeat vs. a No. 1 team came in the program's first ever matchup vs. the nation's best; a 104-71 loss at Texas on Feb. 4, 1980 (33 points)...the closest the Cougars have come to defeating No. 1 was a 60-55 loss (5 points) at Texas on March 1, 1987...Houston's average margin of defeat vs. No. 1 teams all-time is 20.5 points.

    Houston vs. Ranked Opponents

    The Cougars are 17-124 all-time vs. ranked opponents with their last ranked contest coming back on Nov. 17 vs. then No. 16/12 Texas A&M at Hofheinz Pavilion...Houston's last contest vs. a ranked opponent on the road came on Nov. 19, 2011 at #14 Georgetown (L, 66-36)...the Cougars' last win vs. a ranked team came vs. #21 Nebraska (79-70) on Dec. 18, 2010...Houston's last road win vs. a ranked team came at No. 14 Purdue on Nov. 30, 2004 (63-60)...UH has currently dropped seven ranked road contests in a row, while it has lost each of its last five ranked games overall...Houston is 5-39 all-time vs. ranked teams on the road.

    Last Time Out For the Cougars

    The Cougars played a superb first half for a third consecutive contest, but were unable to keep the momentum churning in the second half, as Houston fell to Rutgers, 68-47, Saturday afternoon at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

    Senior forward Marissa Ashton led the Cougars with a game-high and season-high 19 points on a spectacular 8-of-11 shooting from the field, including knocking down a season-high three treys in the loss. The 19 points was the most amount of points any Cougar has scored off the bench this season

    Senior center Yasmeen Thompson also recorded a season-high tying 12 points, a season-best four blocks, and corralled 10 rebounds for her second double-double on the year and the seventh of her career. Senior forward Te'onna Campbell also chipped in a game-high 11 rebounds in the loss.

    Kahleah Copper led all scorers with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while also grabbing nine rebounds, while Betnijah Laney notched a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling down 15 rebounds for Rutgers (11-2, 2-0 The American) in the win.

    Houston (4-10, 0-3 The American) put together one of its most impressive halves of the season in this one, as it actually held a 27-26 lead at intermission, over a Rutgers team that was receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ Coaches' poll coming in.

    The Cougar defense was absolutely stifling throughout the first 45 minutes, holding the Scarlet Knights to just 9-of-37 from the field for 24.3 percent shooting, which was the lowest percentage the UH defense has held an opponent to in any half this season.

    It didn't look good early for the Cougars, as the Scarlet Knights raced out to an 8-0 advantage before Houston finally recorded its first field goal with 17:48 left to play in the half.

    But the Cougars eventually chipped away to make it just a 19-18 deficit with 9:35 remaining in the half, after Ashton drilled one of her three treys in the game from the top of the circle.

    Just two minutes later, Ashton would strike again, nailing yet another triple, this time fading away from the left corner, to give the Cougars their biggest lead of the game at 25-21 with 6:15 left in the half, to cap off a 9-2 Houston scoring run.

    However, Houston couldn't keep it going in the second half.

    The Cougar bench outscored the Rutgers' reserves 21-8, but it just wasn't enough, as the Scarlet Knight offense picked it up late in the game, shooting 18-of-31 from the field for 58.1 percent in the second half.

    Where We Rank

    Through 14 games here's a look at where the Cougars stack up early on. Houston ranks third in The American in offensive rebounds per game (15.6). Through three games of conference play, the Cougars rank third in blocked shots (5.3 bpg) and third in offensive rebounds (16 rpg).

    What's Trending

    UH has recorded two or more double-digit scorers in  13 of 14 games this season...Houston has scored more points in the first half than the second half in six of its last seven games...UH has won the second chance point battle in eight of its last 12 tilts...the Cougars have won the turnover battle in seven of their last 11 games.

    Houston's Dynamic Duo

    Te'onna Campbell and Marche' Amerson have combined to score 30 percent (252/827) of the Cougars' total points this season.

    The BIG Switch

    Houston is entering the second of a four-game span where the Cougars will take on teams from the old BIG EAST conference in USF, Rutgers, UConn, and Cincinnati. The Cougars will be playing Rutgers and UConn for the first time in school history.

    A Tough Road Ahead 

    The opponents on the Cougars' current two-game road trip have a combined record of  26-2, while UConn is ranked as the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation and Rutgers is receiving top-25 votes in both the coaches' and AP poll. Geno Auriemma (UConn Head Coach) and C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers Head Coach) have a combined career coaching record of 1,766-467 all time.

    Wade Scott Takes Over as Interim Head Coach

    Former associate head coach Wade Scott took over the title of Interim Head Coach on Dec. 21, 2013 after former head coach Todd Buchanan chose to resign due to personal reasons. Scott is in his eighth season with the Cougar women's basketball program and will serve as the Head Coach for the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign. Scott technically becomes the  seventh head coach in program history. He looks to earn his first Division I victory Tuesday at UConn.

    Smith Can Shoot It

    Alecia Smith has proved to be an offensive force over the last three contests for the Cougars, as she's averaged 10 points per game, while connecting on 8-of-20 three pointers for 40 percent during that span. She ranks 21st in scoring, 12th in steals (1.7 spg), 10th in three-point percentage, and fifth in three pointers made per game (2.7) so far during American play.

    Bench Production

    Marissa Ashton led the Cougars with a game-high and season-high 19 points on a spectacular 8-of-11 shooting from the field last time out at Rutgers. She also knocked down a season-high three treys in the loss. The 19 points were the most amount of points any Cougar had scored off the bench this season. The Cougars have received double-digit scoring performances from a reserve in three games in a row.

    It Starts With Consistency 

    The Cougars have used the starting lineup of Demetria Foreman (PG), Marche' Amerson (SG), Te'onna Campbell (SF), Destini Texada (PF), and Yasemeen Thompson (C) in  nine consecutive contests going back to Nov. 30 vs. Kent State. Three of the Cougars' four wins on the year have come when this unit has started.

    The First Half, Times Two

    The Cougars put together three consecutive great first halves. Houston has held the lead at halftime in each of its last three contests but over the last three second halves the Cougars have combined for just 71 points (23.6 per half on average) and 23-of-93 from the field for 25 percent.

    Shutting Them Down

    Houston put together arguably it's best defensive half of the season during Saturday's first half at Rutgers, as the Cougars held the Scarlet Knights to just 9-of-37 shooting for 24.3 percent in the half. That was the lowest shooting percentage UH has held any opponent to in a half so far this season.

    Cougar Road Woes

    Houston has dropped four consecutive conference road games going back to last season, with it's last league road win coming on Feb. 17, 2013 at Tulane. The Cougars are 1-8 in their last eight road games overall.

    A Part of American History

    The Cougars and UCF Knights participated in what was the first ever American Athletic Conference game last Saturday. The American marks Houston's third different conference in school history in what is program's 39th year in existence. Houston's game last Saturday was also the debut of the conference's original American Digital Network. The Cougars will be shown on the network at least seven sperate times this season, not including conference tournament play.

    Lights...Camera...Action!

    Twelve Cougar women's basketball regular season games will be shown on television this season. Seven games will be shown on the American Digital Network (Dec. 28 vs. UCF,  Jan. 25 vs. SMU, Jan. 29 at USF, Feb. 1 at UCF, Feb 8 at Cincinnati, Feb. 15 at SMU, March 1 at Memphis), four games will be shown on the ESPN family of networks (Dec. 31 vs. USF, Jan. 7 at UConn, Jan. 21 vs. Louisville, and Feb. 22 vs. UConn), while one will be shown on WHAS (Feb. 19 at Louisville). 

    Campbell Can Do A Lot

    Te'onna Campbell has done it all for the Cougars so far this season. She leads the team in scoring, putting up 10.4 points per game, while she also leads the squad in steals per game (2.2), and overall steals (24) in just 11 games played this year.  While she stands at just 5-foot-10, she ranks second on the team in rebounds per game, grabbing 7.6  per game. She's scored in double-digits in seven of 11 contests played this year and has led the team in scoring in four of the last nine games.

    Double-Double Machine

    Te'onna Campbell has racked up double-doubles on the regular this season, collecting four in just 11 games played this year. She's also posted double-doubles in two of her last four contests.

    What an Honor

    Te'onna Campbell became the first Cougar to earn a spot on the conference's weekly honor roll team on Dec. 30, thanks to her 16 point, 10 rebound performance vs. USF on Dec. 28  in the league opener.

    Cleaning Up

    Senior center Yasmeen Thompson has led Houston in rebounding in seven of its last 10 contests and has averaged 9.6  rebounds per game over her last eight games. She leads the team in overall rebounding (8.2 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.3 rpg), and defensive rebounding (4.9 rpg). She's also posted double-digit rebounds six times this year. 

    What it Could Become

    While Houston's free throw shooting is a disappointing 58.4 percent this season, let's take a look at what the final scores of all 14 games could have looked like if those misses were turned into makes...with the free throw misses turned into makes the Cougars would be 8-6 with a scoring margin of +5.9 instead of what currently is a scoring margin of -3.9. 

    11/8 vs. Mississippi State   W 82-76 (missed 14 FTs)

    11/13 at Northwestern State   W 80-74 (missed 10 FTs)

    11/17 vs. #12/16 Texas A&M   L 63-59 (missed 8 FTs)

    11/20 vs. North Texas   W 84-61 (missed 18 FTs)

    11/23 at Creighton   L 65-59 (missed 4 FTs)

    11/30 vs. Kent State   W 58-44 (missed 4 FTs)

    12/1 vs. Prairie View A&M   W 80-46 (missed 6 FTs)

    12/4 vs. Washington   L 66-65 (missed 10 FTs)

    12/8 at Alabama   L 51-49 (missed 5 FTs)

    12/15 at Texas State   W 75-70 (missed 12 FTs)

    12/20 at Rice   W 78-54 (missed 11 FTs)

    12/28 vs. UCF   W 69-67 (missed 10 FTs)

    12/31 vs. USF   L 77-72 (missed 18 FTs)

    01/04 at Rutgers   L 68-54 (missed 7 FTs)

    Oh So Close

    Five of Houston's nine 10 have been by eight points or less, while only two losses this season has come by 13+ points...the Cougars have been within three points (or better) of the opposition with under 10 minutes to play in the game in 11 of 14 contests this year. They've been within three points (or better) with under four minutes to play in eight of the 14 games.

    Iron Woman

    Marche' Amerson has started in every game of her Houston career thus far, 44 games and counting. 

    The Fast Track to Victory

    Houston is 3-1 this season when it scores more fast break points than its opponent. The Cougars are also 4-0 when leading with under five minutes to play and 3-1 when scoring more points off of turnovers.

    Filling the Void

    Houston is still in the process of trying to experience life without Porcshe Landry, who graduated last year as the program's all-time assists leader (483), as well as the club's scoring leader from a year ago (16.6 ppg). While it's early, Houston may have found something in transfer guard Demetria Foreman, who collected a game-high eight assists in UH's season opener on Nov. 8 vs. Mississippi State. She still has a ways to go to catch up to Landry, but the eight assists were the most any Cougar not named Landry had collected since Roxana Button also recorded eight assists on Feb. 26, 2012 vs. UCF. She is currently averaging a team-best 2.6 assists per game.

    Road Trippin'

    After playing six of its first eight games at home to start the year, Houston is in the midst of a stretch where they'll play five of their next seven contest on the road, concluding with a trip to Connecticut to take on No. 1 UConn.

    RECYCLED NOTES

    Sharing is Caring

    Four of five Houston starters (Thompson, Campbell, Amerson, Foreman) scored in double figures and combined to score 57 of the Cougars' 67 total points (85%) on Dec. 20 at Rice. It was the first time Houston had boasted four or more double-digit scorers in a game since Jan. 24, 2013 vs. Southern Miss. Amerson and Campbell scored in double figures in that game as well.

    Houston Signs Four Recruits for 2014-15

    Houston brought in Fatima Adams, Moesha Kinard, Dejah Joshua, and Sandra Davis

    Fatima Adams | Forward | 5-10 | Blinn Community College (Bryan, Texas)

    Adams has averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in 35 games played at Blinn Junior College...so far through four games this season, she's racked up an average of 25 points per game, while shooting the ball at a 51.6 percent clip...she currently ranks in the top 50 among all active NJCAA members in six different categories: 11th in games played (35), 14th in games started (33), 41st in minutes played (845), 22nd in free throws made (127-167), 16th in offensive rebounds (131), and 18th in total rebounds (302)...she earned second-team all-district honors during the 2010-11 season and first-team all district accolades during the 2011-12 campaign while at Rudder High School...she helped lead Rudder High School to the third round of the playoffs in 2009-10 and the fourth round in 2011-12.

    From coach Buchanan: "I think she's extremely athletic and her natural position is small forward. She can step out and hit the mid-range jump shot, which quite frankly is hard to find in today's world. She's a strong kid, really jumps out of the gym and has a knack for the basketball. She's going to bring tremendous effort and energy, not to mention she can really score the basketball."

    Moesha Kinard | Guard/ Forward | 5-7 | New Iberia High School (New Iberia, La.)

    Kinard is a four-year letterwinner at New Iberia High School...New Iberia High School was ranked as the No. 5 high school to watch in the state of Louisiana this season thanks to Kinard's 19.8 points per game average her junior year...Kinard played every position on the floor except center in high school.

    From coach Buchanan: "You can't really classify her in a single position. She stays true to our core values and how we want to recruit, meaning we don't just recruit kids for one position; she can really play them all. She is so strong and psychical; it really allows her to play anywhere, but that small forward spot is probably where she fits best.

    Dejah Joshua | Forward | 5-8 | West Side High School (Gary, Ind.)

    Joshua averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game in her first season at West side High School, after transferring from Bowman Academy...while at Bowman Academy Joshua averaged 6.8 points, 1.2 assists, 1.9 rebounds, and a steal per game.

    From coach Buchanan: "She still has her best basketball ahead of her. She really has a great bounce to her game. She's athletic, but she's also a very smart player. She's very versatile, where she can step back and knock down the three point shot or she can take a few steps in and hit the mid-range bucket too. She's very poised for a high school kid. That's what really jumps out at me. She's also very crafty with the basketball."

    Sandra Davis | Forward | 6-1 | Garden City Community College (Odenton, MD)

    Davis has posted two double-digit scoring performances in five games played so far this season for Garden City Community College...earned Co-Best All Around Player of the Year (JV Basketball - 2009-2010), was a member of the Maryland 4A State Championship Team (2010), named team MVP (2011-2012), Second Team All-County (2011-2012), and a member of the county All-Star Team (2011-2012) while at Arundel High School.

    From coach Buchanan: "She brings a little bit of everything. She has great length and great size, standing at 6-foot-1. She's an incredibly intelligent basketball player. She brings that junior college experience that we need too. She's just a very well rounded player.

    Breaking Down the 2013-14 Cougars

    Fourth-year head coach Todd Buchanan and the Cougars return four starters and nine letterwinners overall from last season's squad that finished 13-17 overall and ninth in the final year of Conference USA with a 7-9 record.

    The 2013-14 campaign truly marks a new era of Houston basketball, as the Cougars prepare for their first year in the new American Athletic Conference, in what arguably will be the toughest in all of college basketball.

    While the Cougars will have deal with the loss of the program's all-time assists leader and the leading scorer from a year ago in Porsche Landry, Houston brings back 74 percent of last season's scoring total, including Conference USA All-Freshman team member Marche' Amerson.

    Amerson ranked second on the team a year ago in scoring, averaging 9.1 points per contest and set a UH freshman record as she started in all 30 contests for the Cougars.

    Senior center Yasmeen Thompson also returns for her senior year after establishing herself as formidable option down low last season, as she led Conference USA and ranked 10th all-time in program history in field goal percentage (.533), while chipping in 8.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest.

    Cougars Tabbed 10th in American Media Poll

    The University of Houston women's basketball team was picked to finish 10th in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference according to a vote of league coaches released by the conference office on Oct. 14.

    The Cougars received 15 votes to finish just behind Temple, who was picked ninth with 25 points. Defending National Champion UConn was chosen as the unanimous favorite to win the league crown, as it received 81 overall points and nine of 10 first place votes.

    Louisville, the 2013 national runner-up, was chosen to finish second, as it collected 73 points overall and received the lone remaining first place vote.

    USF followed with 59 points, as it just edged out Rutgers for third place, who received a healthy 57 points.

    In-state rival SMU was picked to finish fifth (50 points), while Memphis (32 points), Cincinnati (30 points), and UCF followed (28 points), earning the sixth, seventh, and eighth spots respectively.

    Tourney Tested

    The Cougars will face a schedule loaded with postseason participants from 2012-13, as they will play five NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago (Texas A&M, Creighton, Prairie View A&M, USF twice, UConn twice, and Louisville twice), as well as three WNIT teams from 2012-13 in Washington, Memphis (twice), and SMU (twice) for a total of 14 matchups against eight teams that saw some kind of postseason action last season.

    Hit Me With Your Best Shot

    Houston boasts one of the more rigorous schedules in the nation, as the Cougars will go up against eight teams that are either ranked or have received votes in either the Associated Press or the USA Today Preseason Top 25 Coaches Polls. Three of those games come in the non-conference slate, as the Cougars host No. 16/ 13 Texas A&M (AP poll first), play at RV/ RV Creighton, and host RV/ NR Washington.

    The other five ranked matchups come in American Conference play as Houston will take on RV/ RV USF, NR/ RV Rutgers, No. 1/ No. 1 UConn, No. 5/ No. 5 Louisville, and NR/ RV SMU for a total of 10 meetings, as the Cougars will play each school at home and away. If all eight teams were able to find their way into the top 25, the 13 ranked contests in a season would be the most in school history. The most ranked opponents the Cougars have ever played in a single season are nine during the 1978-79 campaign.

    By the Numbers

    Houston returns 74 percent of its 1,903 points scored, 87 percent of its rebounds, 74 percent of its field goals made, 78 percent of its three-pointers made, 78 percent of its free throws converted, 57 percent of its assists, and 77 percent of its steals from a season ago.

    New Kids on the Block

    The Cougars welcome in just two new faces to this year's squad in freshman guard Alexia Sanders and junior college transfer guard Demetria Foreman. Sanders comes to Houston from nearby College Park High School in The Woodlands, where she earned District 14-5A MVP honors her senior season after leading the team in scoring (20.1 ppg), rebounding (7.0 rpg), steals (4.1 spg), assists (2.7 apg), and blocks (1.0 bpg).

    Foreman joins the Cougars after playing two seasons at Angelina Junior College, where she averaged 12.8 points and 3.2 assists per game, while shooting 40 percent from the field last season. She was also named to the all-conference team and earned NJCAA All-Tournament team honors.

    You Can't Teach Tall

    This year's Cougar squad is one of the tallest in recent memory, as the team averages nearly six feet with nine players standing at 6-0 or taller. The Cougars ranked third in Conference USA in rebounding and blocked shots a year ago, averaging 41.6 boards and 3.6 swats per game.

    Homegrown Talent

    Ten of the 14 players on the roster call Texas home, while one is from Oklahoma, one is from California, one is from Pennsylvania, and one comes from British Columbia.

    Proud to be an American

    The Cougars are one of four teams (SMU, Memphis, and UCF) to make the jump from the old Conference USA to the new American Athletic Conference. The Cougars also join five other schools from what was the old BIG EAST conference (UConn, Louisville, Cincinnati, Rutgers, and South Florida), and one school out of the old Atlantic-10 in Temple to make up the new league. The AAC is Houston's third conference in what will be the program's 39th season.

    More of Marche'

    Marche' Amerson earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2012 after ranking second on the squad with 10.1 points in league play while shooting a team best 36-percent from beyond the arc in conference action. Amerson also set a freshman record starting in all 30 games last season, while finishing in the top 10 in six other Houston all-time freshman marks. Houston hopes to count on her to be one of the team's leaders on and off the court this season.

    Getting `Meen

    Senior Yasmeen Thompson wreaked havoc in the paint for the Cougars in 2012 after transferring from Paris Junior College, as she led C-USA in field-goal percentage (53.3) while ranking  sixth in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and placing second in the league with 1.4 blocks per game in conference play a year ago. Thompson led the nation in field-goal percentage through the opening seven contests of the season.

    The Philadelphia, Pa., native, who earned C-USA Player of the Week honors on Nov. 26, pulled down a career-best 17 boards in back-to-back games against Alabama and Yale, and followed up with her first-career double-double performance with 21 points and 14 rebounds at McNeese State on Nov. 20, marking 48 rebounds over a span of three games.

    Thompson earned NJCAA All-Conference Honorable Mention honors last season at Paris JC after averaging 8.1 points and a team-leading 9.0 rebounds per game. Thompson helped the squad to a 24-7 record while reaching a national ranking of No. 11, setting a school record.

    Hear it From Them

    Be sure to visit www.UHCougars.com and click on the women's basketball page to watch the 2013-14 women's basketball season preview video featuring head coach Todd Buchanan, sophomore forward Marche' Amerson, and senior center Yasmeen Thompson.


     

     

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