April 17, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston women's basketball head coach Todd Buchanan announced Tuesday that former Houston Baptist star Destini Texada has transferred to play for the Cougars for her senior season. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Texada will be eligible for competition beginning in January 2013.
The two will once again join forces, as Texada played her freshman season under Buchanan at HBU.
"This is another example of the family that we have here at the University of Houston," Buchanan said. "This is taking care of not only a great player and great kid but a family member. We're elated to have Destini and her mother and family inside our basketball family here at Houston.
"Destini's skill set and athleticism have progressed tremendously since joining the team in January and I give a lot of credit to Coach (Wade) Scott," Buchanan continued. "She has much better range on her jump shot and can step out and shoot the three. Her ball handling has also improved. Destini brings a lot of intangibles that you can't coach, such as athleticism and how hard she plays."
Texada, a 6-0 forward, played in 57 career games with 53 starts at HBU, averaging 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. The two-time Great West Second-Team selection posted 28 career double-figure scoring games and 14 double-digit rebounding performances.
As a sophomore, Texada led the Huskies in scoring (12.3 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg) and shooting percentage (50.7) while posting a career-high 25 points against Lamar and recording back-to-back 15-rebound performances.
The Houston native started 24 contests as a freshman and averaged 8.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game en route to Great West Conference All-Newcomer Team accolades.
Texada starred at nearby Elsik High School, earning First Team All-District and All-Region honors as well as being named to the All-Greater Houston All-Star squad.
Texada will join six newcomers for the upcoming 2012-13 season that inked with the Cougars in the early signing period in November, which includes forwards Marche Amerson (6-1, Rudder HS, Bryan, Texas), Taylor Gilbert (6-2, Hightower HS, Missouri City, Texas) and twin sister Tyler Gilbert (6-2, Hightower HS, Missouri City, Texas), and guards Jessieka Palmer (6-0, G, La Marque HS, La Marque, Texas), Alecia Smith (5-7, PG, Cedar Hill HS, Cedar Hill, Texas) and Bianca Winslow (5-7, G, Bellaire HS, Bellaire, Texas).
Various recruiting services ranked the six-player class among the nation's top-40 recruiting hauls, including Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report (No. 22) and ESPN HoopGurlz (No. 39).