Houston Women's Basketball Postseason Teams
Aug. 7, 2012
Overall Record: 26-6
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.
Houston won four of its final five contests of the season to earn a berth in the WNIT, marking the first appearance in the postseason since the 2004-05 season. Courtney Taylor (pictured) was named the C-USA Player of the Year after averaging 15.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, while Brittney Scott earned Second Team All-C-USA honors after leading the team with 17.3 points per contest.
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.
Chandi Jones (far left) 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.
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 (pictured) 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.
The 2000-01 season was the start of the Chandi Jones (pictured) era at Houston, as the freshman averaged 21.5 points and 5.7 rebounds through the opening 20 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. The Cougars were riding a six-game winning streak and sat at 14-6 overall prior to Jones' injury, but still managed to earn a WNIT bid where they fell at New Mexico. The highlight of the season came on Dec. 3, when the Cougars shocked No. 9 Louisiana Tech at Hofheinz Pavilion as Jones tallied 32 points in just her seventh collegiate game. Three other Cougars averaged double-figure scoring for the season, including Jessica Shanklin, who posted 11.1 points and 5.1 assists per contest.
Houston returned to the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in school history and marked the first time the Cougars played in the postseason in back-to-back seasons. The Cougars won 14 of their first 15 games, including top-15 victories over Lamar and Arkansas, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they fell at UC-Santa Barbara. LaShawn Johnson (15.3 ppg, 3.1 apg) earned All-Southwest Conference First-Team honors while fellow senior Darla Simpson (pictured) nabbed all-conference second-team accolades after averaging 12.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest while ending her career as Houston's all-time blocks leader.
The 1990-91 Cougars were one of the most prolific scoring offenses in school history, ranking second all-time with 81.6 points per game with four 100-point contests. Seven Cougars averaged at least 7.0 points per game with four in double figures, led by LaShawn Johnson (14.8 ppg). Fellow junior Darla Simpson averaged 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while senior Arlene Brown (pictured) chipped in 11.8 points, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per contest. First-year head coach Jessie Kenlaw led the Cougars to only their second postseason appearance in school history, earning a bid to the WNIT where Houston defeated Northern Illinois before dropping tight contests to Indiana and Kansas.
In just his third season at the helm, head coach Greg Williams led the Cougars to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance while also posting their highest finish (second) in Southwest Conference play with a 12-4 mark. Houston jumped out to its best start in school history with a 10-0 record, including a victory over No. 19 James Madison, and claimed six wins in the final seven contests of the season to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where the Cougars dropped a tight contest to Ole Miss in Oxford. Senior Barbara Anderson led Houston with 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game, while Kelly McCabe added 12.2 points and Carla Fountain (pictured) chipped in 11.9 points and 4.7 assists per contest.