Big Weekend Set at Hofheinz Pavilion as Lady Cougars Host C-USA Rivals Memphis and UAB

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    Houston looks to extend winning streak at home as they host the Lady Tigers and Blazers this weekend at Hofheinz Pavilion

    HOUSTON, Texas - This coming weekend at Hofheinz Pavilion promises to be an exciting one as C-USA National division-rivals Memphis and UAB make their annual trips to Houston to take on the second-place Lady Cougars. Not only is this weekend the first of two times that Houston faces each school this season, it marks the first time Houston has carried a better record--both overall and C-USA.--than each of these opponents

    Memphis is currently sitting in fifth place in the division with a 9-8 overall record and a 2-4 league record, while UAB is right behind Houston in third place at 11-6 overall and an even 3-3 in league play.

    The Lady Cougars face Memphis on Friday (Jan. 26) night and look for their first win in nine meetings between the two schools. The Lady Cougars have dropped each of the previous eight games against the Lady Tigers, including all four at Hofheinz Pavilion, since joining the league in 1996-97.

    Next up is UAB on Sunday (Jan. 28) afternoon, as Houston aims to snap it's five-game winless streak against UAB (11-6, 3-3 C-USA) and increase their lead over the Blazers in the divisional race. The last time the Lady Cougars defeated UAB came during the 1998-99 season when Houston handed the Blazers a 77-73 defeat at Hofheinz Pavilion on January 18.

    With a win over Memphis on Friday the Lady Cougars extend their season-high winning streak to five straight and their C-USA winning streak to an unprecedented four straight. Their current streak marks the first time they've posted four consecutive wins overall since posting four straight W's during a six-game winning streak from January 25-February 11 of the 1994-95 season. The last time the Lady Cougars won five straight home games was during a 14-game stretch which began with back-to-back W's in the final two home games of the 1990-91 season and continued with wins in the first 12 games at Hofheinz during the 1991-92 season.

    The Lady Cougars have won eight of their last 10 games, five of the last six and four of the last five games. They are 12-6 overall on the season, the most wins since closing out the 1995-96 campaign at 12-16, and currently a half-game behind Tulane (6-1) in the National Division of Conference USA with a 5-1 record in league play. Houston's five total wins against C-USA opponents are the most ever since joining the league in 1996-97.

    As of January 22, Houston was ranked 61st among women's hoops programs by the Collegiate Basketball News RPI ratings, receiving the second-best rating among C-USA schools behind Memphis (58). In addition, the Lady Cougars received three votes in the latest USA Today/ESPN poll and one vote in the recent Associated Press Top 25 Women's College Basketball Poll that came out January 22.

    Friday night's contest against the Lady Tigers will be broadcast live by Texas Sports Radio Network over the internet at www.tsrn.com. For more information about the Lady Cougars, check out www.Uhcougars.com.



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