March 10, 2013
HOUSTON - University of Houston women's basketball senior guard Porsche Landry earned First-Team All-Conference USA honors for the second time in her career, while forward Marche' Amerson was named to the All-Freshman Team, the league office announced on Sunday.
Landry's selection to the first team marks the 13th-straight season a Cougar has earned the honor and she becomes the 15th C-USA First-Team selection and the 26th overall in program history. Landry is also just one of five Cougars in school history to claim multiple first-team all-conference accolades, joining Chandi Jones (4), Courtney Taylor (3), Pat Luckey (3) and Tye Jackson (2).
Landry posted a successful return following a season-ending head and neck injury a year ago, averaging 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, which only two other players nationally have matched this season. Landry set career highs in points (478), rebounds (157), assists (135), field goals (176), 3-pointers (28) and steals (62), all surpassing her marks from the memorable 2010-11 season.
The Houston native nearly became the fifth Cougar to register a triple-double on three occasions this season, posting at least 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in victories over Delaware State, Memphis and Rice.
Landry, who is the lone Cougar in school history with at least 1,200 points (1,459) and 400 assists (480), has averaged 5.3 assists in league play this season and needs just two assists in Wednesday's tournament opener to tie Betty Darthard (1980-84) as the school's all-time assists leader.
Amerson shined in her first collegiate season, averaging 10.1 points per game in league play, which ranked 24th in C-USA, while leading the team in 3-point percentage (.359) in conference action. Amerson ranked second on the squad with 12 double-digit scoring performances and tallied 10 or more points in eight of the 16 league contests.
The Bryan, Texas, native scored the game-winning layup over Rice's Jessica Kuster with 1:21 remaining in Houston's comeback win against the Owls on Feb. 10 and notched her first-collegiate double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over Southern Miss.
Amerson is expected to set the Houston freshmen single-season record with her 30th start on Wednesday, while also currently ranking fourth among freshmen all-time in minutes played (894), fifth in field goals (94), eighth in 3-pointers (22) and 10th in points scored (258).
The ninth-seeded Cougars will meet No. 8 UCF in the opening round of the 2013 Conference USA Championship at 11 a.m., on Wednesday at Tulsa Convention Center. The winner of Wednesday's matchup will face No. 1 SMU at 11 a.m., on Thursday.
C-USA TICKET INFORMATION
To cheer on the Cougars at this season's Conference USA Championships in Tulsa, fans can purchase all-session tickets, good for seats in Houston supporter sections, by clicking here.
Books of vouchers that allow fans to attend all sessions of the tournament can be purchased for $160 each. Fans should redeem their vouchers with the Houston representative at the player guest table for all games the Cougars compete in, while redeeming the voucher at the box office for all other contests.
Women's single-session tickets costs $10 for the first two days of play at the Tulsa Convention Center, $20 for Day Three at BOK Arena and $10 for the championship game at BOK Arena.
Fans with a men's ticket can also gain access to the women's contest on the same day.