March 6, 2010
HOUSTON - For the 10th consecutive season under head coach Joe Curl, a University of Houston women's basketball player has earned First Team All-Conference USA honors as Saturday the league office announced that junior forward Courtney Taylor earned those honors for the second consecutive season. Joining Taylor on the list of honorees from the league office was junior guard Brittney Scott, who garnered Second Team accolades.
Taylor has etched her name all over the Cougars record books this season and was Houston's most consistent player. The Crockett, Texas, native leads the team in rebounding (10.1 rebounds per game), steals (53) and field goal percentage (.500), while ranking second in scoring (15.4 points per game) and block shots (32). Her rebounding totals rank her second in C-USA play and 29th nationally for the entire season.
Among her numerous individual highlights this season were a career-high 31-point performance in a win over Tulsa on Jan. 28 and a pair of 19-rebound outings that left her just one board shy of the school record for rebounds in a game.
She also shattered the school record for career double-doubles when she tallied her 36th such performance during a win over Memphis on Feb. 7. Currently she has 39 double-doubles in her career and 13 this season to rank her in the top 20 nationwide. Additionally, Taylor became the 19th member in program history to join the prestigious 1,000 point club when she hit the millennium mark in a UH road win over UAB on Jan. 24.
This season, she has been named Conference USA Player of the Week three times to give her five career weekly award from the league.
Completing the lethal inside-outside combo for the Cougars from her guard spot this season, Scott has become one of Conference USA's most feared scorers during the 2009-10 regular season. The junior from Orange, Texas, leads the Cougars in scoring this season at 17.4 points per game and has topped the 20-point mark 11 times.
After back-to-back 27-point performances to start the season, Scott signaled UH opponents that she was a difference maker who could take over a game with her shooting. This season, she rankes second in C-USA in scoring and leads the league in 3-point field goals made at 2.7 per game. In addition, she proved to be one of the conference's top shooters from the charity stripe, finishing the regular season in seventh place with a .815 free throw percentage.
Scott's most impressive single game came in a 104-65 win over North Texas on Dec. 5, when she made 11-of-18 field goal attempts including 6-of-8 from downtown to pour in a career-best 32 points and help the Cougars pass the century mark in scoring for the first time since 2002.
Both Scott and Taylor along with their Cougar teammates begin their quest for the postseason this next week in Tulsa, Okla., at the 2010 GMC Sierra Conference USA Championship. Houston enters the field as the No. 2 seed and will face the winner of No. 7 Rice and No. 10 UTEP on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
2010 All-C-USA Women's Basketball Teams
FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM
Courtney Taylor, Houston, Jr., F
Brittany Carter, Memphis, So., G
Brittany Gilliam, SMU, Sr., G/F
Pauline Love, Southern Miss, Sr., F
Larrissa Williams, Tulsa, Sr., F
Ashley Clarke, East Carolina, So., G
Brittney Scott, Houston, Jr., G
Chassity Brown, Tulane, Sr., G
Jala Harris, UAB, Fr., G
Jareica Hughes, UTEP, Sr., G
Tynikki Crook, Marshall, Jr., F
D'Frantz Smart, Rice, Jr., G
Jackie Stanley, Rice¬, So., F
Danielle Nunn, Tulane, Jr., G
Emma Cannon, UCF, Jr., F