Button, Lawson Tabbed All-Conference USA

Roxana Button extended Houston's streak of at least one Cougar on the C-USA First Team for the 12th-straight year

March 4, 2012

HOUSTON - University of Houston senior Roxana Button earned Conference USA Women's Basketball First-Team honors while Amanda Lawson was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team, the league office announced on Sunday.

Button nabbed her first all-conference honor and extended Houston's streak of 12-straight years of at least one Cougar earning First-Team accolades dating back to the 2000-01 season.

Button claimed the C-USA scoring title this season with 17.8 points per game, becoming just the third Cougar (Tye Jackson, Chandi Jones) to achieve the feat. Button also led the league in minutes played (38.1), 20-point games (12), 30-point performances (3) and made free throws (147) while scoring in double-digits in 25 of 28 regular-season contests.

Button made history on Feb. 2, draining a 3-pointer against SMU to join's the school's 1,000-point club and currently ranks 15th all-time at Houston with 1,150 career points. Button looks to compete in her 122nd-consecutive game in Wednesday's meeting with Rice in the C-USA Championship, which ranks as the second-longest streak in school history.

The Coppell, Texas, native was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team, marking the first Cougar and only the fifth player in C-USA history to earn the honors.

Lawson becomes the first Cougar to garner All-Freshman Team accolades since the 2007-08 season when Cobilyn Hill and Courtney Taylor achieved the feat.

The Bryan, Texas, product led all freshmen in the league with 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, ranking 25th and 14th, respectively, overall in C-USA.

Lawson scored in double figures in 12 contests this season, including 11 of 16 league games, where she averaged 10.0 points and 6.4 boards per contest.



Lawson scored a career-high 24 points in Houston's win over Houston Baptist on Dec. 10, marking the most points by a freshman since Sha'Ratta Hawkins tallied 29 against Rice on March 3, 2006.

The Cougars open the Conference USA Championship against cross-town rival Rice at 7:30 p.m., at Elma Roane Fieldhouse in Memphis, Tenn.

The C-USA Digital Network will exclusively stream the first round and quarterfinals. Current subscribers to the C-USA Digital Network can click on the watch links and enter the password information to view the games. New and school-only subscribers can sign up for C-USA Digital Network Monthly for $14.95 at www.conferenceusa.com/allaccess/.

Roxana Button, Sr., G, Houston
Jasmine Lee, RS-Sr., P, Memphis
Jessica Kuster, So., F, Rice
Jamierra Faulkner, So., PG, Southern Miss
Olivia Grayson, Jr., G, Tulane
Taleya Mayberry, Jr., G, Tulsa
Aisha Patrick, Sr., G, UCF
Gloria Brown, Sr., F, UTEP

Brittany Carter, RS-Sr., G, Memphis
Nicole Dickson, Jr., F, Memphis
Akil Simpson, So., F, SMU
Tanecka Carey, Jr., G, Southern Miss
Brett Benzio, Sr., C, Tulane
Karisma Chapman, So., F, UAB
Amber Jones, Jr., G, UAB
Kayla Thornton, So., F, UTEP

Amanda Lawson, F, Houston
Shay Weaver, G, Marshall
Christal Porter, F, Rice
Danielle Blagg, G, Tulane
Nitesha Pierce, F, Southern Miss

Ramses Lonlack, Sr., G, Memphis
Jessica Kuster, So., F, Rice
Brett Benzio, Sr., C, Tulane
Karisma Chapman, So., F UAB
Gloria Brown, Sr., F, UTEP

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