Aug. 13, 2012
HOUSTON - Sixteen home games and eight contests against postseason teams from a year ago highlight the 2012-13 University of Houston women's basketball schedule, head coach Todd Buchanan announced Monday.
Buchanan and the Cougars have put together another exciting and challenging non-conference slate that features four contests against teams from the Big 12 and SEC. Houston will face three non-conference opponents that reached the postseason in 2012, while eight of the 13 non-league contests will be played at Hofheinz Pavilion.
"We've continued the trend of putting together a tough non-conference schedule that should pay dividends for us down the road," Buchanan said. "Playing a schedule of this caliber is how you become a top-25 team, and we hope to reach our goals of returning to the national rankings and NCAA Tournament this season."
For the second-straight season, the Cougars play host to 16 total opponents at Hofheinz Pavilion, tying for the second-most all-time. Houston opens Conference USA play on Jan. 10 against Memphis in the first of seven league contests against winning teams in 2012.
"We're extremely happy to be able to play so many of our games in front of our `Sixth Man' at Hofheinz, and we hope they'll come out and give us a true home-court advantage," Buchanan said. "With Porsche (Landry) returning along with some incredibly talented newcomers, we look to provide our fans with an exciting brand of basketball."
The Cougars open the 2012-13 campaign with back-to-back contests against SEC opponents, traveling to face Mississippi State on Nov. 9 before opening the home slate against Alabama on Nov. 13.
Houston then takes to the road for a pair of rematches from last season, traveling to New Haven, Conn., for a meeting with Yale (Nov. 17) before facing a McNeese State (Nov. 20) squad that posted a 26-8 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
For the second-straight season the Cougars will host the David Jones Classic with contests against Southeast Missouri State and Northwestern State on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24. Houston began the David Jones Classic last season honoring the late assistant coach (1999-2006), who is also the father of Cougar great, Chandi Jones.
The Cougars continue their four-game homestand with two more rematches from last season, facing UTSA on Nov. 27 and New Mexico on Nov. 30.
Houston then travels to Fort Worth for its yearly meeting with TCU on Dec. 2 before returning home to play host to 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Creighton on Dec. 8.
The Cougars return to action following final exams on Dec. 22 to host Texas State and travel to Lubbock on Dec. 30 to take on Texas Tech to end 2012.
Houston tips off 2013 with its final non-conference contest against Delaware State (Jan. 6) at Hofheinz Pavilion before opening its final season of Conference USA action on Jan. 10.
The Cougars play C-USA home-and-away series against SMU, Tulsa, UTEP, Rice and Tulane with single meetings against Marshall, Southern Miss, UAB, Memphis, East Carolina and UCF.
The C-USA squads that travel to Hofheinz Pavilion this season include Memphis (Jan. 10), Southern Miss (Jan. 24), UTEP (Jan. 27), Tulane (Feb. 2), East Carolina (Feb. 7), Tulsa (Feb. 14), SMU (Feb. 24) and Rice (March 3).
The Cougars hit the road to face UAB (Jan. 13), Marshall (Jan. 20), SMU (Jan. 31), Rice (Feb. 10), Tulane (Feb. 17), UTEP (Feb. 21), UCF (Feb. 28) and Tulsa (March 7).
This season's C-USA Championship will be held in Tulsa, Okla., on March 13-16.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
The Cougars will once again have several new faces on the roster along with a very familiar one in senior point guard Porsche Landry.
Landry was primed for one of the greatest seasons in program history a year ago when she suffered a season-ending injury in just the third contest of the season. The Houston native, who was averaging 22.0 points per game at the time of the injury, was granted another year of eligibility and will look to lead a young but talented squad back to postseason play.
The Cougars also welcome transfers Marissa Ashton and Destini Texada to the mix for the 2012-13 season. Ashton, a 6-0 forward who started her career at Texas Tech, will look to make an immediate impact while Texada, another 6-0 forward, will become eligible in January 2013 after transferring from Houston Baptist.
Houston welcomes eight other newcomers to the squad, including eight high school standouts and two junior college stars. The Cougars' recruiting haul has received national recognition, placing No. 40 in ESPN HoopGurlz' final rankings, while Houston's early signing period class in November was tabbed the nation's 22nd best by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
SEASON TICKET INFORMATION
To purchase season tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.