Oct. 2, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team held its first practice in preparation for the upcoming season on Tuesday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars kick off the 2012-13 campaign on Nov. 9 at Mississippi State and host Alabama on Nov. 13 in the home opener.
"We've waited and waited and put a lot of hard work in making changes and getting the kids we have here now," third-year head coach Todd Buchanan said. "Because everything is so different and new, the excitement is there and I was ready to get things started today.
"They continue to learn, and their attitude is tremendous right now," Buchanan said. "Anytime you can have a great attitude and be willing to learn, the sky is the limit for all of us."
The squad worked at a quick pace for three hours and Buchanan came away impressed with the team's conditioning and tempo.
"I want to have an up-tempo practice and be able to go from one drill or play into another very quickly, with them also understanding what we're trying to accomplish," Buchanan said. "I was pleasantly surprised with their ability to do that, and they did a nice job.
"(Co-Director of Sports Performance) Coach Kelly (Spriggs) has done a tremendous job with their conditioning in the offseason," Buchanan said. "We went a good three hours today and they handled it really well."
Buchanan looks to lead the Cougars back to postseason play after a 2011-12 campaign that saw five Cougars go down with season-ending injuries, including senior point guard Porsche Landry, who was granted a fifth year of eligibility for the upcoming season.
Landry, who leads all active players in Conference USA in assists (345), is joined by 10 newcomers, including four transfers and six freshmen.