March 14, 2011
HOUSTON - After a memorable and record-setting season, the No. 22/24 University of Houston women's basketball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where it will meet No. 9 seed and 25th-ranked West Virginia (23-9) around 4:10 p.m. CT Sunday at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
Houston (26-5) earned a No. 8 seed in the Dallas Region First Round. Top-seeded Baylor (31-2) will face No. 16 seed Prairie View A&M (21-11) 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opening contest.
The Cougars will make their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and the first since 2005 after posting a 26-5 overall record and becoming only the second team in Conference USA history to go a perfect 16-0 through the regular season.
"We have a chance to send a message and fill the stands up with red," said C-USA Coach of the Year Todd Buchanan. "I've known (Head Coach) Mike (Carey)for a long time and he's done an incredible job at West Virginia. We'll have to cross every T and dot every I. When you have the success that they've had for the last seven years and done what they've done in the Big East, you know that they're an incredible basketball team that we're getting ready to play.
"I'm just happy that we're back in the NCAA Tournament," continued Buchanan. "We're certainly not just going to take that for granted and just be glad to be there, but we're going to play with a lot of fight and heart. We need to get our fans in their cars to Waco, Texas, to come support the Cougars on Sunday afternoon."
The 26 wins rank as the second-most in school history, while the Cougars won a school-record 17-straight games before Saturday's upset loss to Tulane in the Conference USA Championship semifinals in El Paso, Texas.
Senior forward Courtney Taylor repeated as the C-USA Player of the Year, while also earning Defensive Player of the Year accolades after finishing the regular season with 15.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
Joining Taylor on the C-USA First Team were Brittney Scott and Porsche Landry, marking only the second time in league history that three teammates landed on the first team ballot. Scott wrapped up the regular season as the league's top scorer (16.3 ppg), while ranking second in 3-point percentage (40.2).
Landry, who has averaged 15.0 points per game this season, became the 21st member of the 1,000-point club in Saturday's loss, while also becoming only the fourth player in Houston history with 1,000 points and 300 assists in a career.
The Cougars now have three 1,000-point scorers on the roster this season (Taylor - 1,667, Scott - 1,498, Landry - 1,006), marking only the third time in school history that three members of the elite club have played on the same team.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Cougars will make their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, having also earned the bid in 1988, 1992, 2004 and 2005.
Houston is 1-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, with the lone win coming in 2004 when the third-seeded Cougars rolled past Wisconsin-Green Bay by a score of 62-47 en route to their program-best 28th win of the season.
Houston has been selected to play in the Dallas Region of the NCAA Tournament which will be in Waco, Texas, on Sunday, March 20 and Tuesday March 22. Tickets are now on sale at UHCougars.com and will be available over the phone at 713-GO-COOGS or in-person at the ticket office starting Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m.
All-Session passes are only $45 for both games Sunday and the one game on Tuesday. Be sure to get your tickets now and go to Waco to help cheer on your 2010-11 C-USA Regular Season Champions in their first NCAA appearance since the 2004-05 season.
To order tickets online, click the following link: http://ev6.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3AHOUSTON%3AWB10%3ANCAA%3A&linkID=houston&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=