Fertitta Center Inaugural Opponent Announced

June 25, 2018


HOUSTON - Fans will want to put Wednesday, Dec. 5, down on their calendars as the University of Houston Women's Basketball program opens the $60-million Fertitta Center against SEC power Texas A&M.

Houston Athletics Vice President Chris Pezman made the announcement during a press conference on the floor of the Fertitta Center construction site on Monday afternoon.

The Cougars own a 34-24 lead in the all-time series against the Aggies. A year ago, the Aggies claimed a season-opening win on Nov. 10, 2017, in College Station, Texas. This will be the first encounter in Houston since Nov. 17, 2013.

Tipoff time will be announced at a later date.

With a capacity of 7,100, the Fertitta Center will feature a premium club and courtside club as well as a reconfigured bowl with mid-court seating closing to game action. The facility also includes floor-level seating opposite the team benches for UH students.

The University also will transform an area adjacent to the Fertitta Center into Hofheinz Pavilion, where fans will be greeted by a bronze statue of former Harris Country Judge Roy Hofheinz.

The renovation was made possible through a generous $20-million donation from University of Houston System Board of Regents Chairman Tillman J. Fertitta and his family in 2016.

The Houston Women's Basketball team posted a 20-12 overall record and 9-7 mark in American Athletic Conference play under Head Coach Ronald Hughey. The Cougars competed in the First Round of the WNIT, earning the program's first postseason bid since 2011.

Jasmyne Harris led the Cougars with 19.6 points per game, while Angela Harris added 14.9 points per contest with both student-athletes earning All-American Athletic Conference postseason honors.

Junior forward Serithia Hawkins averaged 12.6 points per game and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per contest.

Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarWBB on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team's Facebook and Instagram pages.



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