Women's Basketball Plays Host to UCF on Senior Day

Roxana Button (pictured) and Michelle White will play their final game in Hofheinz Pavilion on Sunday

Feb. 25, 2012

HOUSTON (2-24 • 1-13) vs UCF (12-14 • 7-7)
 Time  Noon • Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
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 Series History  Houston leads, 4-3
 Last Time  Houston 71, UCF 68 (Jan. 27, 2011)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team is set to host UCF at noon on Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion in the final home game of the 2011-12 season, where seniors Roxana Button and Michelle White will be honored prior to the contest. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Net.

Button looks to play in her 120th-straight contest, marking every game of her career, which ranks as the second-longest streak in school history. The Coppell, Texas, native continues to lead C-USA with 17.9 points per game and is poised to become just the third Cougar to claim the league's scoring crown (Tye Jackson, Chandi Jones).

In her first season as starter, White has averaged nearly five points per game and leads the Cougars in assists and steals after joining Houston prior to the 2010-11 season. The New Haven, Conn., product has scored in double figures in four contests this season and played all 40 minutes in four games.

A pair of Houston newcomers continue to perform at a high level, as Amanda Lawson leads all freshmen in the league with 9.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while Terran Alford ranks second in rebounds (5.8 rpg) and tops all freshmen with nearly a block per game.

UCF has dropped back-to-back contests entering Sunday's game for a 12-14 record overall and a 7-7 mark in C-USA play.

The Knights rank 11th in the league in scoring with 54.6 points per game while limiting opponents to 58.5 points per contest. UCF has shot 36 percent from the field but only averages 1.5 3-pointers per game at a 19 percent clip. UCF is one of the top rebounding teams in the league, grabbing 42.5 boards and ranking second in rebound margin (+5.1).

Senior guard Aisha Patrick leads the Knights with 14.0 points per game to go with 8.5 rebounds per contest, while junior guard Gevenia Carter has chipped in 12.0 points per game. Forward Erika Jones leads the team on the glass, averaging near double-digits (9.9) to rank third in the league.

Houston and UCF meet for only the eighth time in the series that dates back to the 2005-06 season, as the Cougars hold a slight 4-3 advantage over the Knights.

The Cougars snapped a two-game skid against UCF last season in Orlando, outscoring the Knights 6-0 in the final 55 seconds to escape with a 71-68 victory. Houston appeared to be headed for its first loss in C-USA play, trailing UCF by three with two ensuing Knight free-throws before rallying for the victory.

Houston is 2-0 against UCF at Hofheinz Pavilion, claiming wins against the Knights in 2006 and 2009.

Senior guard Roxana Button added a historic honor to her storied career on Thursday as she was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Women's Basketball Division I First Team as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Button becomes the first Academic All-America selection in Houston women's basketball history and just the fifth in Conference USA since the league debuted for the 1996-97 season. Button is the first player in C-USA to achieve the feat since the 1999-00 campaign and only the second First-Team selection in league history, joining Anne McDonald of DePaul (1998-99).

The Coppell, Texas, native currently leads the league in scoring with 17.9 points per game and looks to become only the third Cougar (Tye Jackson, Chandi Jones) to claim the C-USA scoring crown.

Button, who joined the school's 1,000-point club this season, graduated in December with a 3.87 GPA in psychology with a minor in chemistry and will attend medical school in July. Button is a two-time C-USA All-Academic Team selection and has been named to three Capital One Academic All-District teams.

The Cougars will play in front of their second television audience this season as Sunday's contest will be broadcast by FOX Sports Net. Fans should check their local listings for broadcasts in their area. Tom Werme will have the call and Debbie Antonelli will serve as analyst.

The Cougars have won two of their past three televised contests, defeating Memphis and East Carolina last season before falling to Rice in January.



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