Women's Hoops Set to Play Host to East Carolina on Thursday

    Alecia Smith averaged 17.5 points last week to earn C-USA Freshman of the Week honors
    Alecia Smith averaged 17.5 points last week to earn C-USA Freshman of the Week honors
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    Feb. 6, 2013

    HOUSTON (9-11 • 3-4) at EAST CAROLINA (15-5 • 5-2)
     Time  7 p.m. • Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013
     Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
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     Last Time  ECU 83, Houston 77 (2/16/12)
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    HOUSTON - Houston women's basketball looks to end its recent skid on Thursday when it plays host to East Carolina at 7 p.m., at Hofheinz Pavilion in Conference USA action. The Cougars' meeting with the Pirates (15-5, 5-2) marks the fourth-straight contest against one of the league's top four teams.

    Following a heart-breaking 58-54 road loss against the league's lone unbeaten team in SMU (16-4, 7-0), the Cougars dropped their third-straight contest in a quick turnaround against Tulane (16-4, 5-2) on Saturday by a score of 74-56.

    Alecia Smith earned the C-USA Freshman of the Week award on Monday after averaging 17.5 points in last week's game, including a 23-point performance against Tulane. The Cedar Hill, Texas, native exploded from beyond the arc against the Green Wave, knocking down a career-best seven 3-pointers on 11 attempts. The 3-point barrage marked the most trifectas for a Cougar since Brittney Scott went 7-of-11 from distance on Dec. 5, 2010.

    Junior forward Te'onna Campbell continued her strong play in league action on Saturday, posting six points, nine rebounds and three steals. Campbell has averaged 11.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.8 steals over the past five games and leads the league in steals (3.3 spg) and ranks fourth in rebounding (9.3 rpg) in conference action.

    Senior guard Porsche Landry will look to bounce back after a season-low six points against Tulane on Saturday, marking just the second time this year the Houston native failed to score in double figures. Landry, who ranks second in C-USA in assists (4.6 apg) and fifth in scoring (16.4 ppg), handed out four assists on Saturday to move into second spot all-time in school history with 436 career assists.

    TICKET INFORMATION/PROMOTIONS
    Thursday's contest will recognize National Girls and Women's Sports Day. Members of the Houston soccer and volleyball teams will sign autographs for fans on the concourse prior to tip-off.

    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.

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    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.

    ABOUT EAST CAROLINA
    East Carolina enters Thursday's contest riding a four-game winning streak for a 15-5 overall record and places in a tie for second spot in Conference USA with a 5-2 mark.

    The Pirates excel on the defensive side of the ball, limiting opponents to just 54.0 points per game, which ranks second in C-USA, while leading the league in steals (13.1 spg), turnover margin (+6.1) and offensive rebounds (16.3 rpg). ECU averages nearly 41 rebounds per game at a plus-2.2 margin on the glass while forcing a whopping 22.8 turnovers per contest.

    ECU is led by the sister tandem of Whitny and Britny Edwards, who are both senior post players. Whitny averages 11.7 points per game while also draining 33 3-pointers, while Britny has averaged 11.0 points per contest and ranks second in C-USA in rebounding (9.2 rpg) and fourth in field-goal percentage (51.1). Fellow senior Celeste Stewart runs the point for the Pirates, adding 11.2 points and 4.3 assists per game while shooting at a 34-percent clip from beyond the arc.

    SERIES HISTORY VS. EAST CAROLINA
    Houston and East Carolina meet for the 12th time in the series that dates back to the 2001-02 season, as the Cougars hold a 9-2 advantage over the Pirates. Houston is 5-1 all-time against East Carolina at Hofheinz Pavilion, with the lone loss coming in overtime on Jan. 15, 2010.

    ECU claimed its first win in the series during the 2009-10 season, breaking of string of eight consecutive Houston victories. The Pirates edged the Cougars last season in Greenville in an 83-77 shootout that saw a combined 19 3-pointers.

    LAST TIME THEY MET
    The two teams last met in Greenville, N.C., as East Carolina held off a late Houston rally for a thrilling 83-77 victory in a contest that saw a combined 19 3-pointers.

    Houston trailed by nine at the half and quickly fell behind by 15 points in the opening three minutes of the second half before the Cougars mounted a charge to take the lead under eight minutes remaining when freshman Danielle Parks drained back-to-back 3-pointers.

    The Cougars then went on a six-minute scoring drought, converting only six free throws during the skid, as the Pirates put the contest out of reach.

    Senior guard Roxana Button posted arguably her best performance of her career with 30 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes of play, while Parks was 5-of-5 from distance for 17 points.

     

     

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