Farewell to Conference USA: Women's Basketball

June 17, 2013

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Women's Basketball

3 - C-USA titles
  • 2010-11 (regular season)
  • 2003-04 (tournament)
  • 2003-04 (regular season)

Postseason Glory (since 1997)
  • 3 NCAA Tournament Appearances (2004, 2005, 2011)
  • 3 WNIT Appearances (2001, 2002, 2010)

1 - All-American
    Chandi Jones
  • Associated Press, First Team (2003-04)
  • Kodak, First Team (2003-04)
  • Associated Press, Honorable Mention (2001-02)
  • Women's Basketball News Service, Second Team (2001-02)

1 - National Comeback Player of the Year

1 - C-USA Player of the Decade

2 - WNBA Draft Top-10 Selections

5 - C-USA Player of the Year Awards

1 - Academic All-American
  • Roxana Button - 2012
    Capital One- First Team
    Second First-Team selection in C-USA history
5 - C-USA Player of the Year Selections
24 - All-Conference Selections
  • 14 of 24 have been First-Team selections
  • At least one First-Team selection 13 straight seasons
2 - C-USA Freshmen of the Year
9 - C-USA All-Freshman Team Selections
  • Back-to-back selections in the last two seasons
2 - C-USA Coach of the Year
9 - Wins Over Ranked Opponents
  • One victory over top-10 squad - #9 Louisiana Tech
  • Four wins over top-15 opponents
  • Defeated five-straight ranked opponents in 2004
43 - C-USA All-Freshman Team Selections
  • 36 Player of the Week selections
  • 7 Freshman of the Week awards
  • Chandi Jones holds record-11 weekly awards

2010-11 Season - C-USA Regular Season Champions
26-6 (16-0, 1st)
Postseason: NCAA Tournament First Round | Coach:>Todd Buchanan (1st season)
In his first season at the helm,>Todd Buchanan took over a senior-laden team and led the Cougars to one of the greatest seasons in school history, posting an overall record of 28-4 and becoming only the second team in Conference USA history to achieve a perfect 16-0 record in league play. The Cougars returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, narrowly falling to West Virginia in the opening round, while also returning to the national rankings where they reached as high as No. 22.>Courtney Taylor (15.7 ppg, 11.1 rpg) repeated as C-USA Player of the Year, while Brittney Scott (15.8 ppg) and Porsche Landry (14.8 ppg, 4.0 apg) joined Taylor on the all-conference first team.

2004-05 Season
21-9 (10-4, t-3rd)
Postseason: NCAA Tournament First Round | Coach:>Joe Curl (7th Season)
Sancho Lyttle (pictured) helped lead the Cougars to their first-ever back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearance as Houston posted a 21-9 record to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars claimed nine consecutive victories to begin the season to reach a ranking as high as No. 19 nationally. Lyttle earned C-USA First Team honors after posting 18.8 points and 12.1 rebounds, while Joann Overstreet (8.8 ppg, 5.9 apg) garnered all-conference third-team accolades. At season's end, Lyttle was selected by the Houston Comets with the fifth overall pick of the 2005 WNBA Draft, marking back-to-back top-10 selections from the Houston women's basketball program.

2003-04 Season - C-USA Regular Season and Tournament Champions
28-4 (13-1, 1st)
Postseason: NCAA Tournament Second Round | Coach:>Joe Curl (6th season)
Chandi Jones and the Cougars enjoyed the greatest season in school history, posting a 28-4 overall record while claiming the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles for the first time in program history. The Cougars returned to the national rankings for the first time since 1992 and finished the season ranked No. 9 nationally after claiming the program's first NCAA Tournament victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay. Jones (22.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg) was named the C-USA Player of the Year for the third-consecutive season while newcomer>Sancho Lyttle (16.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg) earned all-conference third-team honors. Jones would go on to be selected with the eighth overall pick of the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury.

2001-02 Season
26-8 (11-3, 2nd)
Postseason: WNIT Finals | Coach:>Joe Curl (4th season)
The Cougars made the best of an NCAA Tournament snub after wrapping up the conference tournament with a 22-8 record, reaching the finals of the WNIT before suffering a last-second loss at Oregon to set a then-school record with 26 wins. Houston opened the WNIT with a thrilling win over cross-town rival Rice and followed with victories over Miami, Valparaiso and Virginia Tech.>Chandi Jones claimed the first of her three-consecutive C-USA Player of the Year honors after averaging 22.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest, while fellow sophomore Nicole Oliver earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Year accolades.



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