Women's Hoops to Face UCF in Opening Round of C-USA Championship
March 11, 2013
The Last Meeting
February 28, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team will open the 2013 Conference USA Championship as the No. 9 seed against No. 8 UCF at 11 a.m., on Wednesday at Tulsa Convention Center.
The Cougars (13-16, 7-9) met the Knights just over a week ago on Feb. 28 in Orlando, as UCF came away with a 68-55 victory behind a combined 43 points from guards Gevenia Carter and Briahanna Jackson.
Houston dropped its final regular season game of the season on Thursday in Tulsa, falling to a hot-shooting Golden Hurricane squad by a score of 76-63.
Porsche Landry and Marche' Amerson were honored by the league on Sunday, as Landry notched First-Team All-C-USA honors for the second time in her career while Amerson was named to the All-Freshman Team.
Landry reached double figures for the 26th time in Thursday's loss with 12 points, while handing out seven assists to push her career total to 480, needing just two more in Wednesday's opening round contest to tie Betty Darthard (1980-84) as the school's all-time assists leader.
Amerson continued her stellar play, posting 16 points, fueled by a career-high four 3-pointers on seven attempts. Amerson, who ranks second on the squad with 12 double-digit scoring performances this season, has connected on 12 of her last 26 (46 percent) shots from beyond the arc and led Houston in 3-point percentage (35.9) in league play.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson paced Houston with 17 points off a 5-of-7 effort from the field and a career-best seven free-throws on 11 attempts in 28 minutes. The Philadelphia, Pa., native continues to lead the league in field-goal percentage (56.4) and looks to become the first Cougar to end the season as C-USA's most efficient shooter.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell added six points with a game-high 15 rebounds against the Golden Hurricane and ranks fifth in C-USA in steals (2.6 spg) and 10th in rebounding (8.1 rpg).
C-USA TICKET INFORMATION
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.
ON THE AIR
Fans can also listen to all Cougar Basketball games live online with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Rusty Laverentz providing analysis during road contests. To listen live, click here or follow Audio link on schedule page at UHCougars.com.
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link on the schedule page at UHCougars.com.
The Knights are averaging 59.6 points per game and are holding the opposition to 60.5 points per contest, which ranks fifth in C-USA. UCF excels on the defensive side of the ball, ranking second in both steals (11.8 spg) and turnovers forced (20.7) while placing fourth with a plus-2.8 turnover margin.
UCF is led by the guard tandem of senior Gevenia Carter and freshman Briahanna Jackson, who rank ninth and 11th in C-USA with 15.0 and 14.5 points per game, respectively. The two have combined for 94 3-pointers and are also a force on the defensive end, as Jackson ranks second and Carter places fourth in the league in steals.
The Knights also feature size in the post with Erika Jones (6-2) and Stephanie Taylor (6-2). Jones ranks second in C-USA in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and offensive boards (3.9 rpg) and Taylor places sixth in blocks (1.3 bpg).
SERIES HISTORY VS. UCF
The Knights posted a 68-55 victory over the Cougars on Feb. 28 in Orlando, snapping back-to-back Houston wins in the series.
The two teams have only met once on a neutral court, as UCF topped Houston by a score of 79-66 in the opening round of the C-USA Championship on March 6, 2009 in New Orleans, La.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The Cougars trailed by just one at the break and even held a one-point lead with 14:03 remaining, but UCF would push out to a double-digit lead, fueled by a 3-point barrage from Briahanna Jackson.
Houston made one last push and cut the deficit down to five with 3:38 left to play, but failed to record a field goal over the final 4:33 as UCF pulled away.
Porsche Landry (13), Te'onna Campbell (11) and Marche' Amerson (10) each scored in double figures, while Houston missed Yasmeen Thompson's post presence, as the junior center played just 15 minutes due to foul trouble.
UCF's Jackson and Gevenia Carter combined for 43 points, six 3-pointers and 45 shot attempts, while Erika Jones posted a double-double with 11 points and 18 boards.
C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
The Cougars have posted a 10-15 all-time record at the tournament since 1997 and are 2-3 in three tournaments played in Tulsa in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Houston has only met UCF once in the C-USA Championship, falling to the Knights by a score of 79-66 on March 6, 2009 in New Orleans, La.