Feb. 13, 2007
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Houston (7-15, 4-8 C-USA) at Tulsa (9-15, 4-8 C-USA)
Thurs., Feb. 15 7 p.m. CST Reynolds Center Tulsa, Okla.
Houston ISP Sports Network Internet Broadcast on UHCougars.com. Lynn Michaels (play-by-play) calls the game.
Houston (7-15, 4-8 C-USA) has lost four straight; Tulsa (9-15, 4-8 C-USA) has lost four of its past six games.
Houston Coach Joe Curl (Wayne State `78):
In his ninth season at the helm of the Cougars' program ... has a mark of 140-122 with Houston and a career coaching record of 278-243 in 17 years ... his program has made two NCAA Tournament appearances in the past three years ... named National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, USBWA, ESPN.com and Basketball Times in 2004.
Tulsa Coach Charlene Thomas-Swinson (Auburn, `92):
In her second season a Tulsa ... 2006 C-USA Coach of the Year ... 35-21 at TU and 59-82 in five years as a head coach ... led the Golden Hurricane to the league championship last year and also a first-round NCAA Tournament win over N.C. State.
Houston beat Tulsa 70-53 on Jan. 25, 2007 in Houston. Tulsa leads the all-time series 2-1.
Cougars Look For Season Sweep Of Tulsa Thursday ...
The University of Houston women's basketball team looks to snap a four-game skid and earn the season sweep over Tulsa, Thursday at 7 p.m. CST in the Reynolds Center. Tulsa will also play host to the 2007 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship, presented by Aéropostale from March 1-4.
Both teams are struggling with Houston dropping its last four games and Tulsa has lost four of six.
After a 63-51 loss against Southern Miss Sunday, Houston sits at 7-15, 4-8 Conference USA while Tulsa is 9-15, 4-8 C-USA.
The Cougars are on a season-long four-game road swing from Feb. 9 until Feb. 17, traveling to UCF, Southern Miss, Tulsa and SMU.
The regular season closes out at home this year, with Memphis and UAB on Feb. 22 and 24, respectively.
Houston will suit up seven players for the rest of the season after losing Maya Onikute to academics.
UH has struggled away from Hofheinz Pavilion this season, winless in 11 road games, averaging just 52.7 ppg and shooting 32.7%. At home, the Cougars average 71.8 ppg and shoot 39.3%.
The Cougars were held winless on the road during the 1998-99 season, going 0-12 in games away from Houston. That season, head coach Joe Curl's first, ended with a 5-22 record. UH has finished with just one road win twice (1999-2000, 1996-97).
Against SMU on Jan. 27, UH set a pair of C-USA offensive rebounding records. The Cougars tied their own previous all-games record for most total rebounds (68) and set the mark for most offensive boards (36) in a game. Houston also finished that game with four players earning double doubles. While research is not complete, it appears UH is the first women's basketball teams to achieve that feat.
The Cougars probable starting five is: Alona Obaze (5-5/G), Tye Jackson (5-10/G), Whitney James (5-10/F), Sunshine Misa-Uli (5-11/F) and Sha'Quaylon McKinney (6-3/C).
Jackson (21.9 ppg) is UH's leading scorer, and would lead C-USA in scoring and rank seventh nationally if she had appeared in 75% of UH's games. She has scored 10 or more points in each of her 14 starts with eight 20-plus point games, two games with 30 or more points and six double-doubles. Her season-best of 31 came against East Carolina (Jan. 10).
James has stepped up her play in the last five games, averaging 10.6 ppg and 9.2 rpg. She had her two double doubles in the past six games.
Sunshine Misa-Uli has also had a strong showing over the past five games, averaging 8.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg.
Sha'Quaylon McKinney has come out of nowhere in the past five games, averaging 7.8 ppg and 8.2 rpg.