Women's Basketball Will Think Pink Saturday Against SMU

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    HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team will "Think Pink" on Feb. 9 as the Cougars take on SMU at 2 p.m. CST on Guy V. Lewis Court at Hofheinz Pavilion.

    The Cougars and Mustangs will wear pink warm up shirts in celebration of the day. Cougar fans are encouraged to "Think Pink" by wearing pink to the game in support of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer.

    There will be a limited number of shirts on sale at Hofheinz Pavilion along with other auction items. Pink rally towels will also be available for a $1 donation with proceeds going to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation.

    The Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Think Pink" initiative was started in 2007 to raise breast cancer awareness.

    Two dollars of every full-price ticket sold for the game will be donated to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation. ZTA has partnered with the Susan G. Koman Foundation as its National Philanthropy since 1992.

    The WBCA's "Think Pink" initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year of "Think Pink" a success.

    More than 600 women's basketball teams across the country are participating in "Think Pink" week, which takes place Feb. 8-17. "Think Pink" works in conjunction with the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, which honors North Carolina State head basketball coach Kay Yow, who is currently battling the disease for the third time.

    For more information on the "Think Pink" initiative, Click HERE.

    STORYLINES

    • Houston (14-9, 8-1 C-USA) enters on an eight-game winning streak and needs one win to tie the school record (9) for most consecutive games won in C-USA play (2003-04).
    • This season marks the second time (2003-04) UH has started C-USA play 7-1.
    • UH's six road wins this season have already surpassed the team's road-win total (4) of the previous two seasons. Houston has never finished a season below .500 when recording six or more road victories.
    • SMU (16-6, 6-3 C-USA) has won six of eight, including knocking Rice off in overtime, 70-68, Thursday night at Sharp Gymnasium.
    • Twiggy McIntyre (15.9 ppg), Tye Jackson (11.4) and Courtney Taylor (10.2) lead UH.
    • McIntyre is averaging a league-high 20.4 ppg in C-USA play and has gone 41-43 from the line (.953) during that span. She earned C-USA POTW honors on Jan. 7 and Jan. 21.
    • Jackson has averaged 7.3 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game in C-USA games. She was named C-USA POTW on Feb. 4 after averaging nearly a triple-double against Memphis and UAB.
    • Jackson tallied the fourth triple-double in Conference USA and Cougar history with 11 points, a career-best 16 rebounds and 12 assists in an 80-76 overtime win at UAB.
    • Taylor has averaged a double-double during league play thus far (12.1/10.9).
    • UH is 12-3 when holding its opponents under 70 points. SMU is led by Janielle Dodds (14.7), Delisha Wills (13.1) and Jillian Samuels (10.0)
    • Houston head coach Joe Curl, who suffered a heart attack on Oct. 27, continues to recover at his Houston home. No timetable has been set for his return.

    GAMEDAY INFORMATION
    Date: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008
    Tipoff: 2 p.m. (CST)
    Location: Houston, Texas
    Venue: Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479)
    Series: Houston leads 25-12
    Television: None
    Streaming: All-Access Broadcast at UHCougars.com. Click HERE to watch.
    Live Stats: Click HERE
    Radio: Houston ISP Sports Network online broadcast powered by Stretch Internet. Jeremy Branham (play-by-play) and Louis Ray (analyst). Click HERE to listen.
    Tickets: Can be purchased through the UH Athletics Ticket Office by calling 713-GO-COOGS or by clicking HERE.

     

     

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