Women's Basketball Set to Play Host to Tulane on Saturday

Junior center Yasmeen Thompson leads the league with 2.0 blocks per game in C-USA play

Feb. 1, 2013

HOUSTON (9-10 • 3-3) vs TULANE (15-4 • 4-2)
 Time  2 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
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 Series History  Tulane leads 19-12
 Last Time  Tulane 71, Houston 43 (3/1/12)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team will look to get back on track when they play host to Tulane in Conference USA action at 2 p.m., on Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars (9-10, 3-3) return to action after a heartbreaking loss to SMU (15-4, 6-0) on Thursday night, as Houston was outscored 7-0 in the final 2:00 of the contest in a thrilling 58-54 loss.

Houston continues a tough three-game stretch when it meets Tulane, playing each of the top three squads in Conference USA that boast a combined record of 47-10 this season.

Junior forward Te'onna Campbell continued her stellar play of late on Thursday, notching a career high of 16 points to go with six rebounds and six steals. The Ontario, Calif., native has averaged 13.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.0 steals over the last four games and leads C-USA in steals (3.3 spg) in league play while ranking fourth in rebounds (9.3 rpg) and offensive rebounds (3.7 rpg) and 11th in field-goal percentage (42.3) in conference contests.

Senior guard Porsche Landry added 11 points and six assists for the Cougars, marking the 18th time in 19 games this season of scoring 10 or more points. Landry, who ranks second in C-USA in assists (4.6 apg) and third in scoring (16.9 ppg), currently ranks ninth all-time in career scoring (1,402 points) and needs just two assists on Saturday to climb into second spot in school history with 432 career assists.

Freshman guard Alecia Smith scored in double figures for the first time in five games with 12 points on Thursday against SMU. Smith, who was 5-of-12 from the field with five rebounds and three assists, converted a pair of free throws and knocked down a jumper on the next possession to give the Cougars a four-point lead with just over three minutes to play.

General admission tickets for Saturday's contest are only $2. The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt. To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.

Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can watch all the action live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access or by clicking here. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.

Fans can also listen to all Cougar Basketball games live online with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Louis Ray providing analysis during home contests. To listen live, click here or follow Audio link on schedule page at UHCougars.com.

Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link on the schedule page at UHCougars.com.

Tulane enters Thursday's contest with a 15-4 overall record and stands in third spot in the Conference USA standings with a 4-2 mark. The Green Wave feature a veteran squad, returning 10 letterwinners and four starters from last year's team that went 23-11.

Tulane averages 67.2 points per game and is one the top shooting teams in the league, ranking second in field-goal percentage (40.6) and 3-point percentage (33.8) while leading the conference in free-throw shooting (69.0). The Green Wave are just as tough on defense, leading C-USA in blocks (4.9 bpg) and placing second with a plus-5.0 rebounding margin. Tulane spreads the ball out better than any team in the league, averaging 17.1 assists per contest.

Sophomore forward/guard Whitney Bibbins leads Tulane with 13.1 points per game and is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field, wile fellow sophomore Danielle Blagg is also scoring in double figures (10.4 ppg) and is one of the top 3-point shooters in the league, draining 42 treys at a 40-percent clip. Senior guard Olivia Grayson has added 8.8 points and 3.5 assists per game, while sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan leads the squad with 4.2 dimes per contest.

Houston and Tulane will crank up the rivalry for the 32nd time dating back to the 1978-79 season, as the Green Wave hold a 19-12 advantage. The Cougars are 6-8 all-time against Tulane at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Green Wave won both contests against the Cougars last season, snapping a six-game winning Houston winning streak going back to the 2008-09 season.

Houston met Tulane in the regular-season finale a year ago in New Orleans, as the Green Wave came away with a 71-43 victory.

The Cougars got off on the wrong foot, connecting on only one field goal in the first 10 minutes as Tulane jumped out to an 18-6 advantage. Houston trimmed the deficit to single digits after a Roxana Button 3-pointer, but failed to score over the final five minutes of the first half as Tulane held a 31-16 advantage at the break.

Button led the Cougars with 16 points, capturing the Conference USA scoring title with 17.8 points per game, while freshman Danielle Parks added 13 points and seven rebounds.



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