Houston Closes Out Regular Season at Temple
March 2, 2014
HOUSTON---The Cougars will make their first-ever trip to Philadelphia, as they'll take on Temple, Monday at 6:00 p.m. CT in what will be the regular season finale for both teams.
There will be live video coverage of Houston's game at Temple. Fans can go to owlsports.com and watch through Owls TV by clicking on the women's basketball schedule page and clicking the "Live Video" link.
There will be live audio streaming available for Houston's game at Temple. 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.
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A Look at the Series...
Houston vs. Temple
Overall Record 0-1
Home Record 0-1
Away Record 0-0
Neutral Site Record 0-0
Longest Win Streak N/A
Longest Losing Streak 1 game
Current Streak Lost 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings 0-1
Feb. 4, 2014 in Houston, Texas (L, 79-46)
Feb. 4, 2014 in Houston, Texas (L, 79-46)
The Series Game-by-Game
02/04/14 TEMPLE* L 79-46
Series Notes: The Cougars and Owls met earlier this season on Feb. 4 at Hofheinz Pavilion. Temple secured a 79-46 win over Houston in what marked the first-ever meeting between the two programs....Marche' Amerson and Te'onna Campbell each scored nine points to lead the Cougars in the last meeting, while Destini Texada nearly recorded a double-double, as she scored eight points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the loss...Monday will mark Houston's first-ever trip to Temple.
All About the Owls
Temple (12-14, 6-9 The American) enters this one trying to find its winning groove again, as its dropped three games in a row, including dropping a 55-53 contest to Cincinnati, a team Houston was able defeat 48-39 back on Feb. 8...freshman guard Feyonda Fitzgerald leads the Owls in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per contest. Senior Natasha Thames has been a force down low all year long for Temple, as she leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 7.7 boards per contest, while she also averages 10.7 points per game...the Owls average 65.6 points per game, while they surrender 64.9 points per contest on average...Temple is currently tied for fifth in The American after it was picked to finish ninth in the conference according to the league's preseason poll.
Last Time Out for the Cougars
The Cougars gave it a valiant effort on senior day, but in the end Memphis was able to edge Houston, 55-45, last Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion, in what was the final home game of the season for UH.
Senior forward Te'onna Campbell fittingly led the way for Houston (5-23, 1-16 The American), as she scored a team-high 10 points and collected a game-high four steals on the day, marking the seventh time she's notched four-plus steals in a game this season.
Senior forward Destini Texada nearly notched a double-double, as she poured in eight points and grabbed seven rebounds, while senior center Yasmeen Thompson pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the loss.
Senior center Mae Woods got in the action as well, scoring four points, while going a perfect 2-of-2 from the field, as the four Cougar seniors combined to score 24 of Houston's 45 points on the day for 53 percent.
Pa'Sonna Hope led the way for Memphis (12-17, 5-12 The American), as she poured in a game-high 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, while Ariel Hearn also scored in double-figures, putting in 11 points in 29 minutes of action.
The game was tightly contested throughout, as the two sides swapped leads six separate times, while the game also featured 10 ties, which marked a season high in any game this year for the Cougars.
Memphis jumped out to a quick 8-4 advantage with 15:08 left to play in the first half, but that was as large as the lead would get for any side in the first half, as the two sides were tied nine separate times in the period.
Alecia Smith knocked down a big three-ball from the top of the arc to tie things up at 26-26 with 41 seconds left to play in the half, as Memphis eventually took a slim 28-26 lead into the intermission.
The Tigers tried take control of the game early in the second half, after they jumped out to a 34-28 lead with 16:46 to play in the game, but the Cougars refused to go away, launching an 8-2 run themselves to equalize things at 36-36 with 9:41 left.
Moments later, Campbell connected on just her fifth three-pointer of her Cougar career, and the third of her season, to sport Houston a 39-38 advantage with 8:19 left to play.
Marche' Amerson drained a jumper to bring Houston within 48-45 with 3:08 remaining in the contest, but unfortunately that was as close as things got, as UH was unable to score again the rest of the way.
Houston scored 13 points off of 20 forced turnovers and won the battle on the offensive glass, 14-10.
An Epic Week
Houston took on two top-five opponents in a three-day span in No. 3 Louisville and No. 1 UConn on Feb. 19 and 22nd. It arguably was the toughest week in program history and matched the shortest span between top-five teams in school history, as the Cougars took on No. 3 Stephen F. Austin on Jan. 26, 1979 and then three days later played at No. 2 Texas on Jan. 29, 1979. That's the only other time it happened.
Marche' Amerson's made jumper with 3:08 left in the game last Saturday vs. Memphis marked her team-leading 100th made field goal of the season. Te'onna Campbell ranks second on the team in made field goals this season with 88...Alecia Smith's made three-pointer with 11:51 left to play on Saturday marked her team-leading 30th made trey of the season
Senior Day Spoilers?
The Cougars will be playing in a "senior day" game for the second straight contest, as they played in their senior day on Saturday and now will try to spoil Temple's senior day celebration on Monday.
The Cougars are 3-2 in their last five regular season finales, but are just 1-2 in their last three regular season finales on the road.
Leaving it All on the Floor
Te'onna Campbell has averaged 38.6 minutes per game over her last six contests, while only playing less than 39 minutes once during that span. The last time she played in less than 30 minutes in a contest was on Feb. 1 at UCF, as she played 28 minutes that day...Marche' Amerson in a very similar boat, as she has averaged 36.1 minutes per game over her last seven contests, while she hasn't played less than 30 minutes in a contest since she played 27 minutes on Jan 25 vs. SMU...both Campbell (33.2) and Amerson (31.7) rank fourth and ninth in the league in minutes played per game respectively.
While the Cougars obviously still have one more game to play until they begin their journey in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament, Houston has a pretty good idea who it will play. The Cougars will be playing as the No. 10 seed on Friday and will take on the winner of the Memphis/ Cincinnati game on Monday. That contest will be played at Memphis, with the winner earning the No. 7 seed. The Cougars went 1-1 vs. Cincinnati this season and posted an 0-2 mark vs. Memphis, but only dropping each contests by an average of nine points.
Not Holding Back
After Houston played No. 1 UConn on Feb. 22, it was the fifth time the Cougars had played a ranked team this season and the fourth top-five opponent on the year. It's the most ranked teams Houston has played in a single season since it played six ranked teams during the 2003-04 campaign...it's the first time the Cougars have played four or more top-five teams in a season since the 1985-86 season where they played No. 1 Texas three separate times, and No. 3 Louisiana Tech once.
Thank You Seniors
Seniors Yasmeen Thompson, Te'onna Campbell, Mae Woods, and Destini Texada will play their final regular season game as Houston Cougars on Monday at Temple...the four played their final home game last Saturday vs. Memphis.
Going Out on Top
Houstons's four seniors combined to score 24 of the Cougars' 45 points (53 percent) last Saturday vs. Memphis on senior day.
A Homecoming For Y.T.
It may have been senior day for last Saturday for the Houston Cougars, but for senior center Yasmeen Thompson, Monday's game at Temple will probably be even more special, as she returns to her hometown of Philadelpha, Pa.
Where We Rank
Through 28 games here's a look at where the Cougars stack up. Houston ranks fourth in The American in offensive rebounds per game (14.7). Through 17 games of conference play Houston ranks third in offensive rebounds per contest (14.2) and fourth in steals (8.0 spg).
UH has recorded two or more double-digit scorers in 22 of 28 games this season...Houston has scored more points in the second half than in the first half in eight of the last 10 games...the Cougars have won the turnover battle in 14 of their last 25 games and in six of the last 10...the Cougars have had more points off of turnovers (or equal) than the opposition in six of the last 10 games....Houston has won the battle on the offensive glass in four of its last five games...UH has won the second-chance point battle in back-to-back games...the Cougars' bench has scored in double-figures in two of the last three affairs.
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.
While Houston boasts seven upperclassmen on the roster, five of them are transfers in Te'onna Campbell, Yasmeen Thompson, Destini Texada, Demetria Foreman, and Marissa Ashton....four of the five seniors have averaged 24-plus minutes of action per game this season, while four of the five have started in 23 games or more.
Houston's Dynamic Duo
Te'onna Campbell and Marche' Amerson have combined to score 34.4 percent (516/1499) of the Cougars' total points this season. Either one or the other has been the leading scorer for Houston in 18 -of-28 games this season, and in nine of the last 11 contests.
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 six of the last 11 games, averaging 12.5 points per game during that span.
Fortunate to Have Foreman
Demetria Foreman is shooting 82.4 percent from the free throw line thus far during conference play. That mark ranks third in the league.
Stealing the Spotlight
Te'onna Campbell ranks third in The American in steals per game (2.2). That mark ranks 90th in the nation. She's collected four or more steals in seven different games this season.
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 on Feb. 8...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
The Cougars are 2-0 when four or more players score in double figures this season (Dec. 20 at Rice and Jan. 8 at Cincinnati).
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 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 (2.2), overall steals (55), and minutes played per contest (33.2) in just 25 games played this year. While she stands at just 5-foot-10, she ranks second on the team in rebounds per game, grabbing 6.6 per game and leads the team in scoring (9.8 ppg). She's scored in double-digits in 13-of 25 contests played this year and has led the team in scoring in nine of the last 23 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 16 of its last 22 contests. She leads the team in overall rebounding (8.2 rpg) and defensive rebounding (5.1 rpg). She's also posted double-digit rebounds 10 times this year...her rebounds per game rank seventh in the conference, while her defensive rebounds and offensive rebounds per game rank eighth. She also leads the team in double-doubles with five.
Oh So Close
Ten of Houston's 22 losses have been by 10 points or less...the Cougars have been within three points (or better) of the opposition with under 10 minutes to play in the game in 14 of 28 contests this year. They've been within three points (or better) with under four minutes to play in 11 of the 28 games...the Cougars have led at halftime in 10 of 27 contests this year.
Marche' Amerson has started in every game of her Houston career thus far, 58 games and counting. She leads the team in career starts and is just one of two Cougars to start every game this season (Yasmeen Thompson the other). She also leads the team in minutes played (887) and ranks second in minutes played per game (31.7).
What It Could Be
Houston's free throw shooting is a disappointing 60.0 percent this season. Let's take a look at what the final scores of all 28 games could have looked like if those misses were turned into makes...with the free throw misses turned into makes the Cougars would be 9-18 with a scoring margin of -4.7 instead of what currently is a scoring margin of -12.7...Houston has missed 10 or more free throws in a game 10 times this year.
The Finishing Touch
The Cougars are 5-0 this season when leading with under five minutes to play.
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.