Women's Basketball Set to Open Season at Mississippi State
Nov. 7, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The University of Houston Women's Basketball team officially kicks off the 2012-13 season at 7 p.m., Friday against Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum.
Landry was granted a fifth year of eligibility following a season-ending injury in the third contest last year, where she was averaging 22.0 points per game. The Houston native is one of only four Cougars all-time in program history with 1,000 career points (1,081) and 300 assists (345). Landry, who has started 91 of 95 career games, needs just five assists on Friday to move into fourth place on the career chart.
Six freshmen enter their first collegiate season, marking the second most in Conference USA, while transfers Marissa Ashton, Te'onna Campbell, Destini Texada and Yasmeen Thompson also join the mix for the 2012-13 campaign.
Women's basketball season tickets can be purchased starting at only $75. These general admission season tickets are part of a Flex Plan. Fans can use one ticket per game, invite 15 friends to come out to a single game or any combination in between.
Fans can also get closer to the action by purchasing season floor seats for only $200.
Fans have several options when ordering their basketball tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center near the UH Fan Shop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear all Cougar Basketball games live online with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Rusty Laverentz providing analysis during road contests. To listen live, click Here or follow Audio link on schedule page at UHCougars.com.
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the Live Stats link on the schedule page at UHCougars.com.
ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE
Mississippi State is under the direction of first-year head coach Vic Schaefer following a 14-16 campaign a year ago. Schaefer comes to Starkville following nine seasons as Associate Head Coach at Texas A&M and is known for his stifling defenses.
Sophomore center Martha Alwal (6-4) and sophomore guard Kendra Grant are the lone returning starters for the Lady Bulldogs, as Alwal averaged 5.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game last season while Grant added 7.3 points per contest.
The Lady Bulldogs played their lone exhibition contest on Friday, defeating Shorter, 55-49. Sophomore forward Carnecia Williams (6-3) and junior guard Katia May (5-2) each posted 13 points to lead Mississippi State.
SERIES HISTORY VS MISSISSIPPI STATE
Houston and Mississippi State have only met once on the hardwood, as the Lady Bulldogs came away with a 76-57 victory over the Cougars on Nov. 27, 2002 at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Cougar legend Chandi Jones tallied 33 of Houston's 57 points to go with seven rebounds and three blocks, while LaToya Thomas paced the Lady Bulldogs with 31 points and 13 boards.
Houston will meet a team from the Southeastern Conference for the first time since Nov. 21, 2009, when the Cougars fell at seventh-ranked LSU by a score of 72-54.
HOUSTON IN SEASON OPENERS
Coming into Friday night's season opener at Mississippi State, Houston has put together a 28-9 record all-time in the first contest. The Cougars' last-second loss to New Mexico State last season snapped a four-game winning streak in season openers dating back to Nov. 9, 2007.
Houston has dominated when opening the season at home, but has also held its own when beginning the season on the road with a 7-4 mark. The Cougars have only played two true road contests to open a season since the 1996-97 season, falling to Wisconsin (77-54) on Nov. 18, 2005, and defeating Gardner-Webb (86-64) on Nov. 13, 2009.
Friday's contest marks only the second time the Cougars have met a Southeastern Conference opponent in the season opener, as Houston topped No. 25 LSU by a score of 66-59 on Nov. 14, 1997.
After Friday's season opener at Mississippi State, the Cougars return home to play host to Alabama at 7 p.m., on Nov. 13 at Hofheinz Pavilion, marking their second-straight contest against a Southeastern Conference opponent.
COUGARS BRING IN TALENTED CLASS
The 2012-13 edition of the Cougars may be young and inexperienced, but there is no lack of talent after an impressive eight-player recruiting haul.
The class, which consists of six freshmen and two junior college transfers, addressed needs with size and athleticism in both the front and backcourt, while also providing Coach Buchanan with the most depth he's had going into his third season.
Various recruiting services took notice, as ESPN HoopGurlz tabbed the class as 40th-best in its final rankings, while Dan Olson's Collegiate Girl's Basketball Report gave the early six-player class in November a top 25 ranking at No. 22, which is tops in Conference USA.
NEW NUMBER, NEW START
Not only will fans have the opportunity to see senior point guard Porsche Landry back in action for her fifth year, they will also see her donning a new look.
After having to watch a young and injury-riddled squad from the sidelines while enduring a long recovery last year, Landry entered her final season at Houston wanting to change things up for a fresh start.
"The number really didn't matter to me, but with the injury, I actually didn't want 20 anymore. I wanted a new number, a new start."
After three-plus years of donning the No. 20, Landry decided to suit up in the No. 5 for her final hurrah, which has always been her favorite number.
Senior point guard Porsche Landry belongs in an elite group in Houston women's basketball history as one of only four Cougars all-time with 1,000 points (1,081) and 300 assists (345).
Landry posted a game-high 20 points against Tulane on March 11, 2011 at the C-USA Tournament to reach the 1,000-point mark and could end her career securely in the top 10, while also having a chance to wind up in the top two on the career assists chart.
A HEAPING HELPING OF HOFHEINZ
Houston's Hofheinz Pavilion will be a second home for Cougar fans this season, as the women's basketball squad will play 16 regular-season games at their home arena for the second year in a row, which ties for second-most all-time in school history and the most since the 1977-78 season.
The non-conference slate features games against teams from the Big 12, SEC, Missouri Valley and Mountain West, and eight of the 13 games will be played at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars will play eight total contests this season against teams that advanced to postseason play a year ago.