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    Jan. 24, 2014

    Houston (4-14, 0-7 The American) vs. SMU (11-7, 2-5 The American)
    Houston, Texas | Hofheinz Pavilion 
    Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. CT
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    HOUSTON--- The Cougars resume conference play when they host in-state rival SMU in the 50th all-time meeting between the two programs, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CT inside Hofheinz Pavilion. 

    Watch it Live

    There will be live television coverage of Houston's game vs. SMU available through the American Digital Network. Matt Thomas (PXP) and Elizabeth Lay (color commentary) will have the call.

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    There will be live audio streaming available for Houston's game vs SMU. To access audio for the game visit www.UHCougars.com, click the women's basketball schedule page, then click the "audio" link to listen for free through stretch internet. Jeremy Branham will have the play-by-play, while Louis Ray will provide the color commentary

    Live Stats

    There will be live stats available for Houston's game vs. SMU. To access live stats for the game visit www.UHCougars.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "GameTracker" link.

    Special Ticket Offer for SMU Game

    For only $22, fans can receive two General Admission tickets to the Women's game and two tickets to the Men's game vs. SMU, both inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston Women's Basketball hosts the Mustangs at 2 p.m., Saturday, with the Men's team squaring off against the Ponies at 2 p.m., Sunday.

    Fans can purchase tickets to the SMU and all Houston Basketball games by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., through Friday for the rest of this week. Fans also can call 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) during regular business hours.

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    A Look at the Series...

    Houston vs. SMU 

    Overall Record 30-19

    Home Record 14-8

    Away Record 13-9

    Neutral Site Record 3-2

    Current Streak Won 1

    Record in Last 10 Meetings 5-5

    First Meeting 

    Jan. 13, 1981 at SMU (W, 77-71)

    Last Meeting 

    Feb. 24, 2013 at Hofheinz Pavilion (W, 65-58)

    The Series Game-by-Game (last 16 meetings)

    01/20/06 at SMU* L 53-66

    02/19/06 SMU* (CSTV) L 61-63

    01/27/07 SMU* W 81-65

    02/17/07 at SMU* L 50-61

    02/09/08 SMU* L 51-74

    02/23/08 at SMU* L 74-85

    01/29/09 at SMU* L 56-59

    02/20/09 SMU* W 75-73

    01/30/10 SMU* L 67-74

    02/14/10 at SMU* W 73-67

    01/09/11 at SMU* W 77-73

    01/30/11 SMU* W 72-67

    01/12/12 at SMU*     L 61-76

    02/02/12 SMU* L 50-63

    01/31/13 at SMU* L 54-58

    02/24/13 SMU* W 65-58

    Series Notes: The former Conference USA rivals will renew their rivalry Saturday, this time as American foes. Last time these two squads met was on Feb. 24 of last season in Houston. Both Yasmeen Thompson and Alecia Smith had superb games, as Thompson collected a double-double, going for 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Smith poured in a game-high 18 points and grabbed seven boards in the 65-59 win....While Houston holds a commanding 30-19 edge in the all-time series, over the last 10 games the teams are 5-5 vs. each other with the average margin of victory being just 6.6 points per game...Houston is 14-8 all-time at  home vs. the Mustangs and has won two of its last three home contests vs. SMU.

    Breaking Down the Mustangs

    The Mustangs (11-7, 2-5 The American) enter this one trying to find their winning rhythm again, as they’ve lost three in a row and four of their last five contests after winning seven straight to begin the year ...SMU is led by senior guard Keena Mays, who leads the conference in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game. Senior forward Akil Simpson leads the team in rebounding, averaging 7.9 boards a game, while she also pours in 13.6 points per contest...SMU averages 70.7 points per game while it surrenders 68.4 points per contest...The Mustangs were picked to finish fifth in The American according to the league’s preseason poll. They are currently sitting in seventh place.

    Last Time Out For the Cougars

    The Cougars came out ready to play last Tuesday night, at one point holding a seven-point lead in the first half, but in the end fifth-ranked Louisville showed why it’s regarded as one of the top teams in the country, as it took down Houston, 93-52, at Hofheinz Pavilion.

    Three different Cougars scored in double-figures, as Marche’ Amerson, Yasmeen Thompson, and Demetria Foreman all went for 10 points on the night, making it the first time three or more Cougars scored 10 or more points in a game since Dec. 20 at Rice.

    Thompson and senior forward Destini Texada each collected a game-high tying eight rebounds, while senior forward Te’onna Campbell also dished out a career-high six assists and recorded a game-high tying two blocks in the loss.

    For Louisville (19-1, 7-0 The American), Shoni Schimmel led the way with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Bria Smith went for 13 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists in the game.

    A crowd of over 1,000 showed up to support the Cougars Tuesday, and it was rewarded early, as it jumped out to a 7-0 lead after Demetria Foreman splashed home a three-ball with 17:48 left to play in the first half.

    The Cardinals fired back with a 13-0 run of their own to make it a 13-7 ballgame with 13:04 left in the half, but the Cougars refused to fold.

    Houston (4-14, 0-7 The American) shot 5-of-10 from three-point land in the first half while knocking down every one if its free throws and wasted no time climbing back into the game, as Amerson knocked down one of her two three-pointers on the night, while Thompson converted on a layup, to make it just an 18-16 deficit with 10:30 remaining in the half.

    The Cardinals once again tried to pull away, extending their lead to 14 points with 5:20 remaining, but again, Houston responded, outscoring Louisville 13-4 over the next three-plus minutes to make it just a 34-29 deficit with 2:14 remaining in the half.

    During that span, the Cougars nailed four shots in a row, including three trifectas, in what was one of the most impressive offensive stretches of the season.

    Houston trailed just 38-29 at the intermission, and actually cut the Louisville lead down to just 41-33 with 18:03 left in the contest, after Foreman hit a tough jumper in the lane.

    However, in the end Louisville’s hot shooting was just too much to overcome, as it shot 21-of-33 from the field for 63.6 percent in the second half, while it connected on 54.7 percent of its field goals for the game.

    Where We Rank

    Through 18 games here’s a look at where the Cougars stack up early on. Houston ranks third in The American in offensive rebounds per game (15.7). Through seven games of conference play Houston ranks second in offensive rebounds (16.0 rpg), fourth in blocked shots per game (4.3), and fourth in three pointers made per game (4.9)

    What’s Trending

    UH has recorded two or more double-digit scorers in  15 of 18 games this season...Houston has scored more points in the first half than the second half in eight of its last 11 games...UH has won the second chance point battle in 10 of its last 16 tilts...the Cougars have won the turnover battle in eight of their last 15 games...a Cougar bench player has scored in double-digits in four of the last seven contests.

    Not Holding Back

    After taking on No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday, Houston has now played three ranked teams on the season (#16/12 Texas A&M and #1/1 UConn) and two top-five opponents  on  the year. It’s the most ranked teams Houston has faced in a single season since it also played three top-25 schools during the 2007-08 campaign...It’s the first time Houston has played two top-five teams in a season since the 1999-00 campaign.

    Thank You Fans

    Tuesday’s crowd of 1,025 vs. Louisville was the largest home crowd since 1,056 fans came out to Hofheinz Pavilion to see the Cougars take on Rice on Jan. 28, 2012.

    Not Far Off

    While it hasn’t been the best start for the Cougars thus far in conference play, a win on Saturday would put them just one game back of sixth place, and in a possible tie for seventh place in the league depending on how the other games shake out.

    Houston’s Dynamic Duo

    Te’onna Campbell and Marche’ Amerson have combined to score 31 percent (316/1009) of the Cougars’ total points this season.

    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 2013-14 campaign. Scott technically becomes the  seventh head coach in program history. He looks to earn his first victory this Saturday vs. SMU.

    Smith Can Shoot It

    Alecia Smith has proved to be a spark off the bench over the last seven contests for the Cougars, as she’s averaged 7.4 points per game, while connecting on 13-of-44 three pointers for 30 percent during that span. She ranks 11th in the conference in three pointers made per game (1.2) so far during American play.

    A Team Effort

    The Cougars had posted a different leading scorer in seven consecutive games until Te’onna Campbell broke that streak by leading the team with 21 points on Jan. 11 vs. Cincinnati. (Thompson/ Campbell/ Amerson 9 pts 12/08 at Alabama, Texada 14 pts 12/15 at Texas State, Foreman 20 pts 12/20 at Rice, Campbell 16 pts 12/28 vs. UCF, Smith 15 pts 12/31 vs. USF, Ashton 19 pts 01/04 at Rutgers, Amerson/ Smith 11 pts 01/07 at UConn)...Still no player has flat out (all by herself) has led the team in scoring in consecutive games since Te’onna Campbell did it on 11/30 vs. Kent State and 12/01 vs. Prairie View A&M.

    Bench Production

    The Cougars have received double-digit scoring performances from a reserve in four of the last seven games, three times from Alecia Smith and once from Marissa Ashton...the leading scorer has also come off the bench in two of the last five contests...Ashton’s 19 points off the bench at Rutgers on Jan. 4, 2014 were the most amount of points any Cougar reserve has scored this season. 

    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 Yasmeen Thompson (C) in 13 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 have held a lead at halftime in three of its last   seven games but over the last seven second halves the Cougars have combined for just 157 points (22.4 points per half on average) and 55-of-216 from the field for 25.5 percent.

    Shutting Them Down

    Houston put together arguably it’s best defensive half of the season during first half at Rutgers on Jan 4, 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...Houston has held an opponent under 50 points for game three separate times this season.

    Streaks Meant For Snapping

    Houston has dropped seven consecutive games overall, which is their longest losing skid since dropping 12 straight during the 2011-12 campaign...Seven straight losses to begin conference play is the longest such streak since the Cougars lost all 14 league games during the 1996-97 season...Houston has dropped five straight home games, the most since losing six in a row at Hofheinz Pavilion during the 2011-12 season.

    A Part of American History

    The Cougars and UCF Knights participated in what was the first ever American Athletic Conference game on Dec. 28. The American marks Houston’s third different conference in school history in what is program’s 39th year in existence. Houston’s game on Dec. 28 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 steals per game (2.0), overall steals (30), and minutes played per contest (31.3) in just 15 games played this year.  While she stands at just 5-foot-10, she ranks second on the team in rebounds per game, grabbing 7.1 per game and leads the team in scoring (10.1 ppg). She’s scored in double-digits in eight of 15 contests played this year and has led the team in scoring in five of the last 13 games.  

    Double-Double Machine

    Te’onna Campbell has racked up double-doubles on the regular this season, collecting four in just 15 games played this year. She leads the team in that category.

    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.

    Fortunate to Have Foreman

    Demetria Foreman has either lead the team or has been tied for the team led in scoring in each of the last two contests, averaging 11.5 points per game during that span. Through seven games of conference play, she ranks second on the team in scoring (7.6 ppg), ranks fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (.783), 11th in steals (1.9 spg), and 14th in three-point percentage (.304). 

    Cleaning Up

    Senior center Yasmeen Thompson has led Houston in rebounding in nine of its last 14 contests. She leads the team in overall rebounding (7.8 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.3 rpg), and defensive rebounding (4.4 rpg). She’s also posted double-digit rebounds six times this year...her rebounds per game rank ninth in the conference, while her defensive rebounds also rank 11th, and her offensive rebounds per game rank seventh.

    Oh So Close

    Seven of Houston’s 14 losses have been by nine points or less, while only four 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 18 contests this year. They’ve been within three points (or better) with under four minutes to play in eight of the 18 games.

    Iron Woman

    Marche’ Amerson has started in every game of her Houston career thus far, 48 games and counting. 

    Not So Free

    While Houston’s free throw shooting is a disappointing 59.2 percent this season, let’s take a look at what the final scores of all 18 games could have looked like if those misses were turned into makes...with the free throw misses turned into makes the Cougars would be 8-10 with a scoring margin of -0.5 instead of what currently is a scoring margin of -9.1. 

    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)

    01/07 at #1/1 UConn   L 90-41 (missed 1 FT)

    01/11 vs. Cincinnati   L 59-57 (missed 7 FTs)

    01/18 at Memphis   L 48-46 (missed 6 FTs)

    01/21 vs. #5/5 Louisville   L 93-55 (missed 3 FTs)

    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.

    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 2.4 assists per game.

    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.



     

     

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