Sept. 24, 2010
HOUSTON - Twelve regular-season home games highlight the University of Houston 2010-11 women's basketball schedule, head coach Todd Buchanan announced Monday afternoon.
"Our schedule comes at the right time with a senior laden team," first-year head coach Todd Buchanan said. "To be the best you have to play the best, and the only way to get better is to raise the bar. We certainly have done that with this season's schedule. We are going to embrace this schedule and work hard to achieve our season goals."
Led by 2010 Conference USA Player of the Year Courtney Taylor, the Cougars earned 17 wins and advanced to the semifinals of the Conference USA Championship. Houston also competed in the postseason for the first time in four years with a trip to the NIT before falling at Texas Tech.
Buchanan, who served as an assistant coach at Houston from 2000 to 2005, joined the Cougars during the summer after leading Houston Baptist. In just a short time, he has made clear his expectations to his players and Cougar fans.
"Our ultimate goal is to play for a regular-season C-USA Championship and go to El Paso and play for a C-USA Tournament championship and reap the ultimate goal of getting into the NCAA Tournament," Buchanan said.
Fans should note that all times and dates are subject to change.
The Cougars tip off the season Nov. 8 when they play host to the Houston Jaguars in an exhibition game at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The season officially gets underway Nov. 14, when the team meets UT Arlington in a Houston basketball doubleheader at Hofheinz Pavilion. The men's team plays host to Alcorn State earlier in the day.
From there, the Cougars hit the road for four straight road contests, beginning Nov. 20 at New Mexico State. The road swing continues at Louisiana Tech (Nov. 23), at Oral Roberts (Nov. 27) and at TCU (Dec. 2).
The Cougars meet Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Dec. 5) and UTSA for two home games in three days before competing at the Duel in the Desert, hosted by UNLV on Dec. 18-20.
Competing in their lone regular-season tournament, the Cougars face Nebraska (Dec. 18), Louisville (Dec. 19) and Marist (Dec. 20) with all three games starting at 6 p.m. Central.
"I am looking forward to playing at the Duel in the Desert with such an incredible field," Buchanan said.
The Cougars close out the month of December with a home showdown against Georgetown on Dec. 28 and then travel across town to meet Houston Baptist - Buchanan's former team - on Dec. 30.
After facing Lamar in Beaumont, Texas, on Jan. 4, the Cougars begin Conference USA play against Tulsa on Jan. 6 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars will play a home-and-away series against Tulsa, SMU, UTEP, Tulane, Rice with single meetings against Southern Miss, UAB, Memphis, UCF, Marshall and East Carolina.
In addition to Tulsa, the Cougars also play host to Southern Miss (Jan. 13), Memphis (Jan. 23), SMU (Jan. 30), Rice (Feb. 10), East Carolina (Feb. 13), UTEP (Feb. 20) and Tulane (March 3) in regular-season C-USA games.
The team hits the road to face SMU (Jan. 9), UTEP (Jan. 16), UAB (Jan. 20), UCF (Jan. 27), Tulane (Feb. 6), Tulsa (Feb. 17), Marshall (Feb. 24) and Rice (Feb. 27).
Following the regular season, the Cougars compete at the Conference USA Championship on March 9-12. For the first time, UTEP will host the league's annual postseason event with the tournament winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Women's basketball season tickets are on sale now, and fans are encouraged to purchase early. Floor seat season tickets are available for $200 with general admission season tickets selling for only $75.
Fans have several options when ordering their women's basketball season tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center by the UH Fan Shop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click the Tickets link at UHCougars.com to buy season tickets today.