Women's Basketball Announces Staff Changes

Brittany Mason

May 23, 2013

HOUSTON -Former University of Houston standout Brittany Mason has been named the director of operations for the women's basketball program, head coach Todd Buchanan announced Thursday.

Mason, who previously served as video coordinator, replaces Rusty Laverentz, who left the program to take an assistant coaching position at Central Arkansas following three years at Houston.

"I'm really excited for Rusty for being able to get back into the coaching and recruiting side of things," Buchanan said. "I know he'll do an outstanding job at Central Arkansas as he's done for me over the past six years. He'll certainly be missed.

"With me, it's all about loyalty, trust and hard work, and Brittany Mason has been the epitome of all three, having demonstrated those characteristics as a player and in her role with us over the past two years," Buchanan said. "She's a young superstar in our business and I'm proud to keep her as a Cougar and continue to help develop her career."

Mason joined the women's basketball program prior to the 2011-12 season immediately following a stellar four-year career with the Cougars. Mason served as a graduate assistant in her first season on the sidelines before transitioning into the video coordinator role during the 2012-13 campaign.

As a senior during the 2010-11 season, Mason played an integral role in helping lead the Cougars to a memorable and record-breaking season. Houston posted a 26-6 overall record and claimed a perfect 16-0 mark en route to making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005.

Known for her stingy defense, Mason played in 119 career games, which ranks ninth in school history, with 70 starts. Mason also places 10th in the Houston record book in minutes played (2,578).



The LaParte, Texas, native posted a career game in arguably the most memorable contest in program history when the Cougars came back from a six-point deficit with 27 seconds remaining to top SMU and improve to 10-0 in C-USA play on Jan. 31, 2011.

Mason, who scored a career-high 14 points and drilled five field goals, including two 3-pointers, knocked down two free-throws to give the Cougars the go-ahead points over the Mustangs with only 12 seconds remaining.

Mason graduated from Houston in August 2010 with a bachelor's degree in health and went on to earn her master's degree in sports and fitness administration.

With Mason serving as director of operations, Buchanan has two student-athletes on staff who were vital pieces to the two greatest teams in program history, as all-time leading scorer Chandi Jones (2000-04) currently serves as administrative coordinator.

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