March 5, 2014
HOUSTON---The Cougars will participate in their very first American Athletic Conference Tournament game, when they take on the seventh-seeded Memphis Tigers, Friday at 7:00 p.m. CT inside the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Houston (5-24, 1-17 The American) enters the tournament as the No. 10 seed, and is led by sophomore guard Marche' Amerson, who recorded her team-leading third 20+ point performance last time out vs. Temple, while she leads the team in overall scoring, averaging 10.1 points per game.
Senior center Yasmeen Thompson has also been a force down low this season for the Cougars, as she leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 8.4 boards per contest, while she's averaged 11.5 rebounds over her last two games. She was named to the American Honor Roll this week, after scoring 10 points and collecting 15 rebounds last Monday at Temple.
The Cougars and Tigers will now face off for the second time in the last six days.
Watch it Live
There will be live video coverage of Houston's first round tournament game vs. Memphis. Fans can watch the game live through ESPN3.com or the ESPNWatch application. Bob Picozzi will have the play-by-play, while Brooke Weisbrod will provide the color commentary. Fans can also watch "Above the Rim" coverage of all the first round tournament games through the American Digital Network.
There will be live audio streaming available for Houston's first round tournament game vs. Memphis. 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.
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A Look at the Series...
Houston vs. Memphis
Overall Record 12-14
Home Record 7-6
Away Record 4-7
Neutral Site Record 1-1
Conference Tournament matchups 1-1
Longest Win Streak 8 games
Longest Losing Streak 9 games
Current Streak Lost 2
Record in Last 10 Meetings 7-3
Jan. 19, 1997 in Memphis, Tenn. (L, 77-72)
March 1, 2014 in Houston, Texas (L, 55-45)
Last Meeting in Conference Tournament
March 3, 2001 C-USA First Round, Milwaukee, Wisc. (W, 80-74)
The Series Game-by-Game
01/19/97 at Memphis* .................................................L 72-77
02/21/97 MEMPHIS*............................................. L (OT) 81-86
01/16/98 MEMPHIS*..................................................... L 80-84
02/22/98 at MEMPHIS*................................................. L 66-82
01/17/99 at Memphis*................................................. L 65-75
02/19/99 MEMPHIS*..................................................... L 69-94
02/26/99 vs. Memphis&................................................ L 60-75
01/15/00 at Memphis*................................................. L 48-69
02/06/00 MEMPHIS*..................................................... L 61-86
01/26/01 MEMPHIS* ...................................................W 80-77
02/23/01 at Memphis* .................................................L 71-83
03/03/01 Memphis*&................................................... W 80-74
02/17/02 at Memphis * ...............................................W 84-70
02/14/03 Memphis* .....................................................L 69-74
01/09/04 at Memphis *.............................................. W 58-55
02/07/05 Memphis* ...................................................W 74-45
02/24/06 at Memphis* ...............................................W 70-62
02/22/07 Memphis* ...................................................W 86-73
02/01/08 at Memphis*............................................... W 70-54
01/18/09 Memphis* ...................................................W 83-65
02/07/10 Memphis* ...................................................W 68-62
01/23/11 MEMPHIS* ...................................................W 81-68
02/12/12 at Memphis* .................................................L 41-69
01/10/13 MEMPHIS* ...................................................W 77-74
01/18/14 at Memphis* .................................................L 48-40
03/01/14 MEMPHIS*.................................................... L, 55-45
Series Notes: Friday's conference tournament first round matchup will feature a couple of teams that know each other well, as the former Conference USA rivals will be meeting for the 27th time, and the for the third time this season, with Memphis taking both regular season meetings this year (48-40 on Jan. 18 at Memphis and 55-45 on March 1 in Houston)...while the Tigers are 2-0 vs. the Cougars this season, the average margin of victory has been just nine points, as the Cougars have been within six points or less with under three minutes to play in both games...Destini Texada and Te'onna Campbell have each played well in both affairs this season, as Campbell has averaged 8.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the two games, while Texada has averaged 7.5 points and eight rebounds in the two matchups...despite Memphis holding a 14-12 average in the all-time series, Houston has won seven of the last 10 meetings, including winning the last time these two schools met in a conference tournament, as Houston defeated Memphis 80-74 in the first round of the 2001 Conference USA Tournament...five of Houston's last eight wins over Memphis have come by double-digit margins...the Cougars are 1-1 vs. the Tigers all-time in neutral court settings, with both matchups coming in the Conference USA postseason tournament.
Talking About the Tigers
Memphis (13-17, 6-12 The American) enters this opening round game as the seventh seed in the tournament after winning its final two games of the regular season. The Tigers are led by one of the most prolific scorers in the league in sophomore guard Ariel Hearn, as she pours in a team-best 17.5 points per game. Forward Asianna Fuqua Bay leads the squad in rebounding, pulling down 7.5 rebounds per game, while chipping in 8.3 points per contest on average...Memphis averages 63.4 points per game, while it gives up 67.6 points per contest on average...Memphis and Houston shared one non-conference opponent this season in Texas A&M, both teams lost to the Aggies, with Houston losing 63-51 and Memphis losing 69-59...the Tigers were picked to finish sixth in The American according to the league's preseason poll.
Last Time Out for the Cougars
Behind a game-high 20 points from sophomore forward Marche' Amerson, the Cougars rallied from a large halftime deficit and outscored the Owls 35-24 in the second half, but it wasn't enough, as Houston fell at Temple, 66-54, last Monday night in the 2013-14 regular season finale.
Amerson notched her team-leading third 20-plus point scoring game of the year, while senior center Yasmeen Thompson recorded her team-best sixth double-double of the season, as she scored 10 points and pulled down a game-high and season-best 15 rebounds in her Philadelphia homecoming.
Sophomore guard Alecia Smith chipped in with eight points, as she made her 11th start of the season, while senior forward Te'onna Campbell dropped in seven points and dished out two assists in 26 minutes of action.
Natasha Thames and Taylor Robinson led the way for Temple (14-15, 8-10 The American), as each poured in a team-high 16 points, while Erica Covile pulled down a team-high equaling nine rebounds and chipped in with 12 points.
Thompson got things going for Houston (5-24, 1-17 The American) early, as she muscled in a layup to give the Cougars a 5-4 lead with 17:10 remaining in the first half.
Temple then launched a 9-0 scoring run to take a 13-5 lead with 14:17 remaining in the half.
However, Houston was able to keep it close over the next five-plus minutes of game action, as each team traded buckets back-and-forth, but then the Owls opened things up a bit, producing a 15-2 scoring run take a commanding 34-15 advantage with 4:54 remaining in the half.
The Owls went into the halftime intermission with a 42-19 lead, as it shot 16-of-34 from field for 47.1 percent.
But the Cougars made sure it was a different story in the second 45-minute period, as Houston began to rally from what was at one point a 27-point deficit with 19:02 left to play in the contest.
Houston outscored Temple 11-3 within a span of just over five minutes, to cut the deficit to 49-30, after Campbell banked home a floater in the lane with 13:33 remaining.
And the run wouldn't stop there, as the momentum continued with the Cougars outscoring the Owls 24-11 over a 13-plus minute period to trim Temple's lead down again to just 57-43 with still 5:16 left to play, after Amerson connected on a tough fall-away jumper.
The Cougars continued to claw back, pulling within 14 points once more after Amerson drove the lane and converted on a tough and-one opportunity with 3:47 left to give Houston a fighting chance, as the Cougars held Temple to just 6-of-29 shooting from the field for 20.7 percent in the second half.
Houston crawled to with in 12 before the final buzzer sounded, but unfortunately there just wasn't enough time left on the clock to finish the comeback.
The Cougars owned the paint in the second half, outscoring Temple in that category 20-12, while they held a 30-22 advantage on the glass, and won the second chance point battle 13-10.
Houston's American Tournament Debut
When you talk about history concerning the American Athletic Conference Tournament, there really isn't any, as this weekend marks the debut of the league's postseason tournament. Houston enters this season's tournament as the No. 10 seed, after coming from Conference USA a year ago. The Cougars posted an all-time Conference USA Tournament record of 10-16, while claiming one Conference USA Tournament Championship, as Chandi Jones and Sancho Lyttle led Houston to three wins in Fort Worth in 2004, capping the tournament championship off with an 86-75 victory over No. 15 TCU...Houston is 1-1 all-time vs. Memphis in postseason play, with both meetings coming in Conference USA Tournament action...the Cougars won the last postseason meeting between the two programs, back in the opening round of the Conference USA Tournament in 2001, defeating Memphis 80-74.
UH in the First Round of Conference Tournaments
Houston is 8-9 in opening games of postseason conference tournaments since 1997, but has dropped its last two conference tournament openers by an average of 14.5 points per contest....UH is 1-1 vs. Memphis all-time in conference tournament opening round matchups.
The Cougars obviously still have to get by Memphis, but if they do, they will play two-seeded Louisville on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. CT...the last time the Cougars played the Cardinals on Feb. 22 at Louisville, Houston was able to score 62 points, which is still the most amount UH has scored in a game since putting up 67 on Dec. 20 at Rice...three of four halves vs. Louisville this season were decided by 10 points or less...the 19 point loss the last time these two teams met was the closest Houston had come to defeating a top-three team since falling to No. 2 Iowa 59-44 on Dec. 29, 1993...it was also the closest Houston had come to defeating a top-three team on the road since falling at No. 1 Texas, 60-55 on March 1, 1987.
Leaving it All on the Floor
Te'onna Campbell has averaged 38.3 minutes per game over her last seven contests, while only playing less than 39 minutes twice 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 35.9 minutes per game over her last eight 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 (33.3) and Amerson (31.8) rank fourth and 10th in the league in minutes played per game respectively.
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.
On the Offensive
Houston ranks third in The American in offensive rebounds per game (14.9), while it ranks second in the league in offensive rebounds per game during league play, grabbing 14.6 offensive boards per contest.
UH has recorded two or more double-digit scorers in 23 of 29 games this season...Houston has scored more points in the second half than in the first half in nine of the last 11 games...the Cougars have won the turnover battle in 15 of their last 26 games and in six of the last 11...the Cougars have had more points off of turnovers (or equal) than the opposition in six of the last 11 games....Houston has won the battle on the offensive glass in five of its last six games...UH has won the second-chance point battle in two of the last three games.
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 transfers have averaged 24-plus minutes of action per game this season, while four of the five have also started in 23 games or more.
Houston's Dynamic Duo
Te'onna Campbell and Marche' Amerson have combined to score 35 percent (543/1553) of the Cougars' total points this season. Either one or the other has been the leading scorer for Houston in 19 -of-29 games this season, and in 10 of the last 12 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 seven of the last 12 games, averaging 10.8 points per game during that span...she scored 20 points last time out vs. Temple, notching her team-leading third 20+ point performance of the season.
Fortunate to Have Foreman
Demetria Foreman is shooting 82.4 percent from the free throw line thus far during conference play. That mark ranks second in the league.
Stealing the Spotlight
Te'onna Campbell ranks third in The American in steals per game (2.1). That mark ranks 73rd 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...the 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.
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 (2.1), overall steals (55), and minutes played per contest (33.3) in 26 games played this year. While she stands at just 5-foot-10, she ranks second on the team in rebounds per game, grabbing 6.5 per game and ranks second on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg). She's scored in double-digits in 13-of-26 contests played this year and has led the team in scoring in nine of the last 24 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 three times this season, including last week (Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 4 )
Senior center Yasmeen Thompson has led Houston in rebounding in 17 of its last 23 contests. She leads the team in overall rebounding (8.4 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.2), and defensive rebounding (5.2 rpg). She's also posted double-digit rebounds 11 times this year...her rebounds per game rank sixth in the conference, while her defensive rebounds rank seventh and offensive rebounds per game rank fifth. She also leads the team in double-doubles with five. She earned a spot on this week's American Honor Roll after averaging 11.5 rebounds in Houston's last two games.
Oh So Close
Ten of Houston's 23 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 29 contests this year. They've been within three points (or better) with under four minutes to play in 11 of the 29 games...the Cougars have led at halftime in 10 of 28 contests this year.
Marche' Amerson has started in every game of her Houston career thus far, 59 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 (921) and ranks second in minutes played per game (31.8).
What It Could Be
Houston's free throw shooting is a disappointing 60.2 percent this season. Let's take a look at what the final scores of all 29 games could have looked like if those misses were turned into makes...with the free throw misses turned into makes the Cougars would be 9-20 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.
Cougars in the Community
The Cougars spent their afternoon with the second and third graders from the Generation One Academy back on Feb. 5. The Cougars helped the kids with homework, shared stories, and played games.
"I think it's very important for our program to give back to the city of Houston and put ourselves out there," said interim head coach Wade Scott. "We're lucky to be surrounded by a community that gives so much to our program and I think this was a good opportunity for our student-athletes to show their thanks and appreciation for what this community has provided them with."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.