Feb. 14, 2014
HOUSTON--- After averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds over her last two contests, senior center Yasmeen Thompson leads the Cougars into Dallas, where they'll take on in-state rival SMU, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CT inside Moody Coliseum.
There will be live television coverage of Houston's game at SMU. The game will be shown on the American Digital Network. Fran Harris will have the play-by-play while Liz Lay will provide the color commentary
There will be live audio streaming available for Houston's game at SMU. To access audio for the game visit www.UHCougars.com, click the women's basketball schedule page, then click the " live audio" link to listen for free through stretch internet. Jeremy Branham will have the play-by-play, while Derrick Fazendin will provide the color commentary.
There will be live stats available for Houston's game at SMU. To access live stats for the game visit smumustangs.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "GameTracker" link.
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Women's Basketball Ticket Information
Season tickets for the 2013-14 season are now on sale in the Athletics Ticket Office, starting as low as $100 for general admission seating. Season tickets for floor seating are available for only $250.
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A Look at the Series...
Houston vs. SMU
Overall Record 30-20
Home Record 14-9
Away Record 13-9
Neutral Site Record 3-2
Current Streak Lost 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings 5-5
Jan. 13, 1981 at SMU (W, 77-71)
Jan. 25, 2014 at Hofheinz Pavilion (L, 73-60)
The Series Game-by-Game (Last 17 games)
01/20/06 at SMU* L 53-66
02/19/06 SMU* (CSTV) L 61-63
01/27/07 SMU* W 81-65
02/17/07 at SMU* L 50-61
02/09/08 SMU* L 51-74
02/23/08 at SMU* L 74-85
01/29/09 at SMU* L 56-59
02/20/09 SMU* W 75-73
01/30/10 SMU* L 67-74
02/14/10 at SMU* W 73-67
01/09/11 at SMU* W 77-73
01/30/11 SMU* W 72-67
01/12/12 at SMU* L 61-76
02/02/12 SMU* L 50-63
01/31/13 at SMU* L 54-58
02/24/13 SMU* W 65-58
01/25/14 SMU* L 60-73
Series Notes: The last time these two teams met was back on Jan 25 at Hofheinz Pavilion. Te’onna Campbell went for game-high tying 17 points and collected nine rebounds, while Yasmeen Thompson recorded a double-double, as she poured in 15 points and 12 rebounds. Marche’ Amerson also went for eight points in the 73-60 loss...While Houston has a commanding 30-20 edge in the all-time series, over the last 10 games the teams are 5-5 vs. each other with the average margin of victory being just 7.9 points per game...Houston is 13-9 all-time at SMU, but have dropped their last two road contests vs. the Mustangs.
Breaking Down the Mustangs
SMU (14-10, 5-8 The American) enters this one trying to find its winning rhythm again, as its dropped each of its last three contests after winning each of its previous three games...the Mustangs are led by senior guard Keena Mays, who leads the conference in scoring, averaging 20.1 points per game. Senior forward Akil Simpson leads the team in rebounding, averaging 8.2 boards per game, while she also pours in 13. 8 points per game...SMU averages 69 points per game, while it gives up 68.3 points per contest on average...the Mustangs were picked to finish fifth in The American according to the league’s preseason poll. They are currently sitting in sixth.
Last Time Out For the Cougars
Senior center Yasmeen Thompson went for a career-high 24 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough, as Houston fell to Rutgers, 74-42, last Tuesday night at Hofheinz Pavilion.
For Thompson, the performance marked her second consecutive double-double, while it was also her team-leading fifth of the season and the 10th of her career.
Sophomore forward Marche’ Amerson also chipped in with nine points on 4-of-10 shooting, while senior forward Destini Texada picked up two steals on the night.
Tyler Scaife led the way for Rutgers, as she went for a team-high equaling 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Kahleah Copper also recorded 16 points, while going a perfect 8-of-8 at the free throw line.
Houston (5-19, 1-12 The American) battled early, as Amerson swished a three-ball from the left corner to give the Cougars a 5-4 advantage with 16:44 left to play in the first half.
But the Rutgers’ (19-4. 10-3 The American) offense refused to let up, as it went on a 29-5 scoring run to take a 33-10 lead with 1:40 left in the first half.
The Scarlet Knights ended up shooting 13-of-25 from the field for 52 percent for the half, eventually taking a 33-14 lead into the intermission.
The Cougar offense picked it up in the second half, as the two teams went bucket for bucket to begin the period, with the two teams scoring eight points a piece for the half with 14:42 left to play.
Unfortunately for Houston, it was never able to cut any deeper into the deficit, as the Scarlet Knights ended up shooting 48.3 percent from the field for the contest, while they knocked down 16-of-17 shots from the charity stripe for 94.1 percent.
The Cougars improved on their free throw shooting in the second half, knocking down 10-of-14 shots for 71.4 percent for the period.
Where We Rank
Through 24 games here’s a look at where the Cougars stack up. Houston ranks fourth in The American in offensive rebounds per game (14.8). Through 13 games of conference play Houston ranks third in offensive rebounds per contest (14.3) and fourth in blocked shots (3.3 bpg).
UH has recorded two or more double-digit scorers in 19 of 24 games this season...Houston has scored more points in the second half than in the first half in five of the last six games...the Cougars have won the turnover battle in 12 of their last 21 games and in four of the last six...the Cougars have had more points off of turnovers than the opposition in four of the last six games...UH has attempted more free throws than its opponent in three straight games.
Palmer Beats Buzzers
Jessieka Palmer nailed a three-ball at the halftime buzzer on Jan. 29 vs. USF. It was the third time she had connected on a triple as the first half expired this season. She did it on Nov. 8 vs. Mississippi State and Nov. 13 at Northwestern State.
Houston’s Dynamic Duo
Te’onna Campbell and Marche’ Amerson have combined to score 32.8 percent (427/1301) of the Cougars’ total points this season. Either one or the other has been the leading scorer for Houston in 14 -of-24 games this season, and in five of the last seven contests.
Still in the Mix
Despite just owning one conference win, the Cougars are just two games back of eighth place in the conference with five regular season contests left to play.
A Career Night For Y.T.
Yasmeen Thompson set new career bests in points scored (24) and free throws made (12) last time out vs. Rutgers.
Going the Distance
Yasmeen Thompson has played 77 minutes over the last two contests (80 minutes), while Marche’ Amerson has averaged 37 minutes per game over her last three affairs.
This will be the third consecutive Play 4Kay game the Cougars have participated in. Houston has gone 1-1 in “pink games” so far this year.
Here Comes Marche’
2013 Conference USA All-Freshman team member Marche’ Amerson is finally starting to find her groove here in 2014. She’s led the team in scoring in four of the last seven games, averaging 10.1 points per game during that span.
Fortunate to Have Foreman
Demetria Foreman is shooting 81.3 percent from the free throw line thus far during conference play. That mark ranks fourth in the league.
Houston’s 48-39 win at Cincinnati on Feb. 8 snapped what was an 11-game losing streak and what was a five-game road losing skid. The win also gave the Cougars their first-ever American Athletic Conference victory. Interim head coach Wade Scott also earned his first win since taking over the role of head coach back on Dec. 21, 2013.
A Defensive Performance for the Ages
The Cougars surrendered just 39 points to Cincinnati last Saturday...the 39 points allowed was the least amount of points Houston had given up to any opponent since allowing just 32 points to Oregon State on Nov. 19, 2009...it was the least amount of points UH had allowed as a road team since also surrendering just 39 points at UAB on Feb. 2, 2004...Saturday’s defensive performance is now tied for 16th best in program history, in terms of least amount of points given up in a game...the performance is also tied for fifth best all-time in terms of points given up on the road....the Cougars gave up just 12 points on 16.7 percent shooting from the field in the first half at Cincinnati, both mark season opponent lows for any half this season.
Doing More on Defense
The Cougars have held an opponent under 50 points four separate times this season, and under 40 points once...the Cougars are 3-1 when holding their opponent under 50 points this season..
Sharing is Caring
Four of five Houston starters (Amerson, Smith, Campbell, Thompson) scored in double figures and combined to score 41 of the Cougars’ 48 total points (85.4%) last Saturday at Cincinnati. It was the first time Houston had boasted four or more double digit scorers since Dec. 20 at Rice...UH is 2-0 when four or more players score in double figures this season.
Wade Scott Takes Over as Interim Head Coach
Former associate head coach Wade Scott took over the title of Interim Head Coach on Dec. 21, 2013 after former head coach Todd Buchanan chose to resign due to personal reasons. Scott is in his eighth season with the Cougar women’s basketball program and will serve as the Head Coach for the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign. Scott technically becomes the seventh head coach in program history.
A Team Effort
The Cougars had posted a different leading scorer in seven consecutive games until Te’onna Campbell broke that streak by leading the team with 21 points on Jan. 11 vs. Cincinnati. (Thompson/ Campbell/ Amerson 9 pts 12/08 at Alabama, Texada 14 pts 12/15 at Texas State, Foreman 20 pts 12/20 at Rice, Campbell 16 pts 12/28 vs. UCF, Smith 15 pts 12/31 vs. USF, Ashton 19 pts 01/04 at Rutgers, Amerson/ Smith 11 pts 01/07 at UConn)...Still no player has flat out (all by herself) has led the team in scoring in consecutive games since Te’onna Campbell did it on 11/30 vs. Kent State and 12/01 vs. Prairie View A&M.
A Part of American History
The Cougars and UCF Knights participated in what was the first ever American Athletic Conference game on Dec. 28. The American marks Houston’s third different conference in school history in what is program’s 39th year in existence. Houston’s game on Dec. 28 was also the debut of the conference’s original American Digital Network. The Cougars will be shown on the network at least seven sperate times this season, not including conference tournament play.
Twelve Cougar women’s basketball regular season games will be shown on television this season. Seven games will be shown on the American Digital Network (Dec. 28 vs. UCF, Jan. 25 vs. SMU, Jan. 29 at USF, Feb. 1 at UCF, Feb 8 at Cincinnati, Feb. 15 at SMU, March 1 at Memphis), four games will be shown on the ESPN family of networks (Dec. 31 vs. USF, Jan. 7 at UConn, Jan. 21 vs. Louisville, and Feb. 22 vs. UConn), while one will be shown on WHAS (Feb. 19 at Louisville).
Campbell Can Do A Lot
Te’onna Campbell has done it all for the Cougars so far this season. She leads the team in steals per game (2.1), overall steals (43), and minutes played per contest (32.0) in just 21 games played this year. While she stands at just 5-foot-10, she ranks second on the team in rebounds per game, grabbing 6.8 per game and leads the team in scoring (9.6 ppg). She’s scored in double-digits in 10 of 21 contests played this year and has led the team in scoring in seven of the last 19 games.
What an Honor
Te’onna Campbell became the first Cougar to earn a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll team on Dec. 30, thanks to her 16 point, 10 rebound performance vs. UCF on Dec. 28 in the league opener. Yasmeen Thompson has been an honor roll member twice this season (Jan. 27 and Feb. 3)
Senior center Yasmeen Thompson has led Houston in rebounding in 13 of its last 18 contests. She leads the team in overall rebounding (8.3 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.2 rpg), and defensive rebounding (5.2 rpg). She’s also posted double-digit rebounds nine times this year...her rebounds per game rank sixth in the conference, while her defensive rebounds rank seventh, and her offensive rebounds per game rank sixth. She also leads the team in double-doubles with five and has posted double-doubles in two straight games, averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds during that span.
Oh So Close
Eight of Houston’s 19 losses have been by nine points or less, while only seven losses this season has come by 13+ points...the Cougars have been within three points (or better) of the opposition with under 10 minutes to play in the game in 13 of 24 contests this year. They’ve been within three points (or better) with under four minutes to play in 10 of the 24 games...the Cougars have led at halftime in 10 of 24 contests this year.
Marche’ Amerson has started in every game of her Houston career thus far, 54 games and counting. She leads the team in career starts and just one of two Cougars to start every game this season (Yasmeen Thompson the other). She also leads the team in minutes played (745) and ranks second in minutes played per game (31.0)
What It Could Be
Houston’s free throw shooting is a disappointing 59.4 percent this season. Let’s take a look at what the final scores of all 24 games could have looked like if those misses were turned into makes...with the free throw misses turned into makes the Cougars would be 9-15 with a scoring margin of -2.3 instead of what currently is a scoring margin of -10.8.
11/8 vs. Mississippi State W 82-76 (missed 14 FTs)
11/13 at Northwestern State W 80-74 (missed 10 FTs)
11/17 vs. #12/16 Texas A&M L 63-59 (missed 8 FTs)
11/20 vs. North Texas W 84-61 (missed 18 FTs)
11/23 at Creighton L 65-59 (missed 4 FTs)
11/30 vs. Kent State W 58-44 (missed 4 FTs)
12/1 vs. Prairie View A&M W 80-46 (missed 6 FTs)
12/4 vs. Washington L 66-65 (missed 10 FTs)
12/8 at Alabama L 51-49 (missed 5 FTs)
12/15 at Texas State W 75-70 (missed 12 FTs)
12/20 at Rice W 78-54 (missed 11 FTs)
12/28 vs. UCF W 69-67 (missed 10 FTs)
12/31 vs. USF L 77-72 (missed 18 FTs)
01/04 at Rutgers L 68-54 (missed 7 FTs)
01/07 at #1/1 UConn L 90-41 (missed 1 FT)
01/11 vs. Cincinnati L 59-57 (missed 7 FTs)
01/18 at Memphis L 48-46 (missed 6 FTs)
01/21 vs. #5/5 Louisville L 93-55 (missed 3 FTs)
01/25 vs. SMU L 73-66 (missed 6 FTs)
01/29 at USF L 71-54 (missed 1 FT)
02/01 at UCF L 52-50 (missed 7 FTs)
02/04 vs. Temple L 79-60 (missed 14 FTs)
02/08 at Cincinnati W 61-39 (missed 13 FTs)
02/11 vs. Rutgers L 74-51 (missed 9 FTs)
The Finishing Touch
The Cougars are 5-0 this season when leading with under five minutes to play.
Filling the Void
Houston is still in the process of trying to experience life without Porcshe Landry, who graduated last year as the program’s all-time assists leader (483), as well as the club’s scoring leader from a year ago (16.6 ppg). While it’s too early to tell in just her first season, Houston may have found something in transfer guard Demetria Foreman, who collected a game-high eight assists in UH’s season opener on Nov. 8 vs. Mississippi State. She still has a ways to go to catch up to Landry, but the eight assists were the most any Cougar not named Landry had collected since Roxana Button also recorded eight assists on Feb. 26, 2012 vs. UCF. She is currently averaging a team-best 2.4 assists per game.
Cougars Give Back to the Community
The University of Houston women’s basketball team took a break from the playing court to spend some time with the kids from the Generation One Academy Wednesday afternoon.
The Cougars helped with homework, shared stories, and played games with over 25 second and third graders from the school, as members of the team talked about their student-athlete experiences, among other things.
“I think it’s very important for our program to give back to the city of Houston and put ourselves out there,” said interim head coach Wade Scott. “We’re lucky to be surrounded by a community that gives so much to our program and I think this was a good opportunity for our student-athletes to show their thanks and appreciation for what this community has provided them with.”
“We’re so grateful to Generation One for giving us the opportunity to come in and spend time with their students. They’re doing some really good things down there, and we’re very fortunate to have been able to play our small part.”
The Generation One Academy has hosted over 26,000 volunteers in an effort to help “at risk” kids of all ages in and around the Houston area. For more information on the organization, visit www.generationone.net
Houston Signs Four Recruits for 2014-15
Houston brought in Fatima Adams, Moesha Kinard, Dejah Joshua, and Sandra Davis
Fatima Adams | Forward | 5-10 | Blinn Community College (Bryan, Texas)
Adams has averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in 35 games played at Blinn Junior College...so far through four games this season, she’s racked up an average of 25 points per game, while shooting the ball at a 51.6 percent clip...she currently ranks in the top 50 among all active NJCAA members in six different categories: 11th in games played (35), 14th in games started (33), 41st in minutes played (845), 22nd in free throws made (127-167), 16th in offensive rebounds (131), and 18th in total rebounds (302)...she earned second-team all-district honors during the 2010-11 season and first-team all district accolades during the 2011-12 campaign while at Rudder High School...she helped lead Rudder High School to the third round of the playoffs in 2009-10 and the fourth round in 2011-12.
From coach Buchanan: “I think she’s extremely athletic and her natural position is small forward. She can step out and hit the mid-range jump shot, which quite frankly is hard to find in today’s world. She’s a strong kid, really jumps out of the gym and has a knack for the basketball. She’s going to bring tremendous effort and energy, not to mention she can really score the basketball.”
Moesha Kinard | Guard/ Forward | 5-7 | New Iberia High School (New Iberia, La.)
Kinard is a four-year letterwinner at New Iberia High School...New Iberia High School was ranked as the No. 5 high school to watch in the state of Louisiana this season thanks to Kinard’s 19.8 points per game average her junior year...Kinard played every position on the floor except center in high school.
From coach Buchanan: “You can’t really classify her in a single position. She stays true to our core values and how we want to recruit, meaning we don’t just recruit kids for one position; she can really play them all. She is so strong and psychical; it really allows her to play anywhere, but that small forward spot is probably where she fits best.
Dejah Joshua | Forward | 5-8 | West Side High School (Gary, Ind.)
Joshua averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game in her first season at West side High School, after transferring from Bowman Academy...while at Bowman Academy Joshua averaged 6.8 points, 1.2 assists, 1.9 rebounds, and a steal per game.
From coach Buchanan: “She still has her best basketball ahead of her. She really has a great bounce to her game. She’s athletic, but she’s also a very smart player. She’s very versatile, where she can step back and knock down the three point shot or she can take a few steps in and hit the mid-range bucket too. She’s very poised for a high school kid. That’s what really jumps out at me. She’s also very crafty with the basketball.”
Sandra Davis | Forward | 6-1 | Garden City Community College (Odenton, MD)
Davis has posted two double-digit scoring performances in five games played so far this season for Garden City Community College...earned Co-Best All Around Player of the Year (JV Basketball - 2009-2010), was a member of the Maryland 4A State Championship Team (2010), named team MVP (2011-2012), Second Team All-County (2011-2012), and a member of the county All-Star Team (2011-2012) while at Arundel High School.
From coach Buchanan: “She brings a little bit of everything. She has great length and great size, standing at 6-foot-1. She’s an incredibly intelligent basketball player. She brings that junior college experience that we need too. She’s just a very well rounded player.
Breaking Down the 2013-14 Cougars
Fourth-year head coach Todd Buchanan and the Cougars return four starters and nine letterwinners overall from last season’s squad that finished 13-17 overall and ninth in the final year of Conference USA with a 7-9 record.
The 2013-14 campaign truly marks a new era of Houston basketball, as the Cougars prepare for their first year in the new American Athletic Conference, in what arguably will be the toughest in all of college basketball.
While the Cougars will have deal with the loss of the program’s all-time assists leader and the leading scorer from a year ago in Porsche Landry, Houston brings back 74 percent of last season’s scoring total, including Conference USA All-Freshman team member Marche’ Amerson.
Amerson ranked second on the team a year ago in scoring, averaging 9.1 points per contest and set a UH freshman record as she started in all 30 contests for the Cougars.
Senior center Yasmeen Thompson also returns for her senior year after establishing herself as formidable option down low last season, as she led Conference USA and ranked 10th all-time in program history in field goal percentage (.533), while chipping in 8.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest.
Cougars Tabbed 10th in American Media Poll
The University of Houston women’s basketball team was picked to finish 10th in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference according to a vote of league coaches released by the conference office on Oct. 14.
The Cougars received 15 votes to finish just behind Temple, who was picked ninth with 25 points. Defending National Champion UConn was chosen as the unanimous favorite to win the league crown, as it received 81 overall points and nine of 10 first place votes.
Louisville, the 2013 national runner-up, was chosen to finish second, as it collected 73 points overall and received the lone remaining first place vote.
USF followed with 59 points, as it just edged out Rutgers for third place, who received a healthy 57 points.
In-state rival SMU was picked to finish fifth (50 points), while Memphis (32 points), Cincinnati (30 points), and UCF followed (28 points), earning the sixth, seventh, and eighth spots respectively.
The Cougars will face a schedule loaded with postseason participants from 2012-13, as they will play five NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago (Texas A&M, Creighton, Prairie View A&M, USF twice, UConn twice, and Louisville twice), as well as three WNIT teams from 2012-13 in Washington, Memphis (twice), and SMU (twice) for a total of 14 matchups against eight teams that saw some kind of postseason action last season.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Houston boasts one of the more rigorous schedules in the nation, as the Cougars will go up against eight teams that are either ranked or have received votes in either the Associated Press or the USA Today Preseason Top 25 Coaches Polls. Three of those games come in the non-conference slate, as the Cougars host No. 16/ 13 Texas A&M (AP poll first), play at RV/ RV Creighton, and host RV/ NR Washington.
The other five ranked matchups come in American Conference play as Houston will take on RV/ RV USF, NR/ RV Rutgers, No. 1/ No. 1 UConn, No. 5/ No. 5 Louisville, and NR/ RV SMU for a total of 10 meetings, as the Cougars will play each school at home and away. If all eight teams were able to find their way into the top 25, the 13 ranked contests in a season would be the most in school history. The most ranked opponents the Cougars have ever played in a single season are nine during the 1978-79 campaign.
By the Numbers
Houston returns 74 percent of its 1,903 points scored, 87 percent of its rebounds, 74 percent of its field goals made, 78 percent of its three-pointers made, 78 percent of its free throws converted, 57 percent of its assists, and 77 percent of its steals from a season ago.
New Kids on the Block
The Cougars welcome in just two new faces to this year’s squad in freshman guard Alexia Sanders and junior college transfer guard Demetria Foreman. Sanders comes to Houston from nearby College Park High School in The Woodlands, where she earned District 14-5A MVP honors her senior season after leading the team in scoring (20.1 ppg), rebounding (7.0 rpg), steals (4.1 spg), assists (2.7 apg), and blocks (1.0 bpg).
Foreman joins the Cougars after playing two seasons at Angelina Junior College, where she averaged 12.8 points and 3.2 assists per game, while shooting 40 percent from the field last season. She was also named to the all-conference team and earned NJCAA All-Tournament team honors.
You Can’t Teach Tall
This year’s Cougar squad is one of the tallest in recent memory, as the team averages nearly six feet with nine players standing at 6-0 or taller. The Cougars ranked third in Conference USA in rebounding and blocked shots a year ago, averaging 41.6 boards and 3.6 swats per game.
Ten of the 14 players on the roster call Texas home, while one is from Oklahoma, one is from California, one is from Pennsylvania, and one comes from British Columbia.
Proud to be an American
The Cougars are one of four teams (SMU, Memphis, and UCF) to make the jump from the old Conference USA to the new American Athletic Conference. The Cougars also join five other schools from what was the old BIG EAST conference (UConn, Louisville, Cincinnati, Rutgers, and South Florida), and one school out of the old Atlantic-10 in Temple to make up the new league. The AAC is Houston’s third conference in what will be the program’s 39th season.