Women's Basketball Wraps Up Regular Season at Tulane on Thursday

Danielle Parks currently ranks ninth in 3-point percentage (31.9) in league games

Feb. 28, 2012

HOUSTON (3-24 • 2-13) at TULANE (19-9 • 8-7)
 Time  7 p.m. • Thursday, March 1, 2012
 Location  Fogelman Arena (3,600) • New Orleans, La.
 Series History  Tulane leads, 18-12
 Last Time  Tulane 71, Houston 51 (2/9/12)
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NEW ORLEANS, La. - The University of Houston women's basketball team looks to carry its momentum over from Sunday's win into the regular-season finale at Tulane at 7 p.m., Thursday inside Fogelman Arena.

The Cougars defended their home court on Senior Day on Sunday, topping UCF by a score of 66-53, thanks in large part to freshman guard Danielle Parks' career-best 24 points.

Parks was 8-of-14 from the field, including a 4-of-6 effort from 3-point range, and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. The Houston native hit two critical 3-pointers down the stretch as she accounted for 10 points during the Cougars' defining 16-5 run.

Parks' 24 points matched fellow freshman Amanda Lawson's career high this season against Houston Baptist on Dec. 10, which ranks as the most points by a freshman at Houston since Sha'Ratta Hawkins tallied 29 against Rice on March 3, 2006.

Senior guard Roxana Button tallied 15 points and a career-high eight assists in her final home game, while freshman forward Terran Alford posted 10 points and nine rebounds and Lawson added five points, 10 boards and four helpers.

Button scored in double figures for the 24th time in 27 games this season and is poised to claim the league's scoring title with 17.8 points per game.

Tulane has dropped four of its past five contests since defeating Houston on Feb. 9 and enters Thursday's contest with a 19-9 overall record and an 8-7 mark in C-USA play.

The Green Wave rank in the upper echelon of almost every statistic category in the league, including points scored (61.4 ppg) and scoring defense (54.2). Tulane's defense has limited opponents to 35-percent shooting from the field while forcing 19.1 turnovers and swatting 4.9 shots per game.

Junior guard Olivia Grayson paces Tulane, ranking eighth in the league in scoring (13.8 ppg) and fourth in assists (3.4 apg). Senior center Brett Benzio is averaging a near double-double with 9.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest. Benzio also places second in the league in field-goal percentage (53.6) and blocks (2.2 bpg).

Houston and Tulane will meet for the 31st time dating back to the 1978-79 campaign and the second time this season, as the Green Wave hold an 18-12 advantage in the Conference USA rivalry.

Tulane posted a 71-51 victory over the Cougars on Feb. 9 at Hofheinz Pavilion as Roxana Button (18) and Amanda Lawson (10) each scored in double figures in the loss.

Houston improved to 5-8 all-time against Tulane in New Orleans last season, topping the Green Wave by a score of 85-70, thanks to Courtney Taylor's 21-point, 18-rebound performance.

Senior guard Roxana Button added a historic honor to her storied career on Feb. 23 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 17.8 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.



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