Women's Hoops Announces 2014-15 Conference Opponents

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    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla.--- The University of Women’s Basketball team learned its conference opponents for the upcoming 2014-15 season, as the league office announced the conference regular season pairings Thursday afternoon.

    In 2014-15, the American Athletic Conference will welcome Tulsa, Tulane, and East Carolina, while it says goodbye to Louisville and Rutgers, making the league 11 members deep. In a new scheduling format, schools will face eight opponents twice, with a home-and-away series attributed to each school, and two opponents once to make up an 18-game league schedule.

    This year, Houston will take on Cincinnati, East Carolina, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, UCF, Temple, and Tulsa both at home and on the road. The Cougars will clash with USF once inside Hofheinz Pavilion, while it will play defending national champion UConn once on the road. The single play opponents will switch sites in 2015-16, meaning Houston will host Connecticut and travel to USF.

    The American Women’s Basketball Championship will include all 11 teams and will be seeded 1-11 based on regular season league standings. The tournament will begin on Friday with matchups between the No. 9 and No. 8 seeds, No. 10 and No. 7 seeds, and No. 11 and No. 6 seeds. The winners will advance to meet the first, second, and third seeds, respectively on Saturday. Also playing on Saturday will be the No. 5 and No. 4 seeds. The top five seeds in the championship will receive byes into Saturday’s quarterfinal round.

    For the second consecutive season the American Women’s Basketball Championship will be played March 6-9 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.



    Houston’s complete 2014-15 slate will be announced in August.

    About the Cougars
    Since joining the program as its newest head coach back in April, Ronald Hughey and the rest of the UH coaching staff have been hard at work on the recruiting circuit.

    The Cougars finalized their 2014-15 recruiting class a couple weeks ago with the signing of guard Mariah Mitchell (McKinney, Texas), who was a three-time all-district team member during her time at McKinney High School. She joins Fatima Adams (Bryan, Texas), Moesha Kinard (New Iberia, La.), Dejah Joshua (Gary, Ind.), and Sandra Davis (Odenton, MD), to make up the rest of this year’s signing class.

    About the American Athletic Conference
    The American enjoyed tremendous basketball success in 2013-14 with UConn's NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball national championships, marking the second time the two teams have won national titles in the same season. The American was the only conference to have a team make the final four of all the major postseason college tournaments with SMU playing in the NIT championship game, and USF and Rutgers, the eventual champion, in the women's NIT.

    The American also saw six players taken in the 2014 WNBA Draft, including three within the first round, in Stefanie Dolson (UConn), Bria Hartley (UConn), and Shoni Schimmel (Louisville).

    The conference finished the 2013-14 campaign with four teams ranked within the top-25 or receiving votes, while the league boasts the last two national champions in both men and women’s basketball.

    Season Ticket Deposits

    Fans can take the first step toward the 2014-15 Houston Women's Basketball season by placing deposits with the Athletics Ticket Office at UHCougars.com or by clicking on the link at the top of the page. The deposit is not a fee and will go towards the cost of season tickets.

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