Nov. 10, 2011
HOUSTON - In a seven-part series, UHCougars.com will catch up with each of the seven newcomers of the University of Houston women's basketball squad prior to the start of the 2011-12 season.
UHCougars.com met with freshman guard Mileka Loydrake on Thursday to discuss the upcoming season. Loydrake comes to Houston after starring at Clear Springs High, where she averaged a team-leading 11.9 points per game as a sophomore en route to 24-5A Newcomer and Offensive Player of the Year honors.
Houston officially opens the 2011-12 season against New Mexico State on Friday at 7 p.m., at Hofheinz Pavilion.
UHCougars.com: What has been the biggest transition between the high school and college level?
Mileka Loydrake: "It's definitely been the amount of coaches we have. There are a lot of people critiquing my game. We have four coaches, and they all pick up on a lot, whereas in high school, you may be able to get away with some things here and there."
UH: What are you specifically trying to improve on before the start of the season?
ML: "Coming from high school, I've noticed that the shot clock is definitely something I have to keep in mind as a point guard. I have to keep track of how much time is left and get into the possessions quicker."
UH: How has the senior leadership been so far with so many new faces on the team?
ML: "I really appreciate the senior leadership. When I was being recruited, being able to play under a point guard was something that I wanted to do to be able to get experience, and Porsche (Landry) has really done a good job taking me under her wing. Roxana (Button) and Swizzy (Michelle White) have helped me along the way as well."
UH: What's the thing you like most about Coach Buchanan?
ML: "He's very passionate, and that's what I love about him. I'm a passionate player myself, and I can really relate to him because he's so passionate and excited about the game."
UH: What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season?
ML: "To make an impact. To experience basketball at a higher level and to do whatever my team needs me to do to win."
UH: What made you choose to attend the University of Houston?
ML: "It was close to home. I'm a big family person, and the family atmosphere I felt on my visit and the talks with the coaches (really played a role). I just really loved the fact that it was close to home."
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.