Cougars to Clash With Demons in First Road Contest of Season

Sophomore guard Alecia Smith

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Nov. 11, 2013

HOUSTON-- The Cougars take to the road for the first time this season, as they aim to launch themselves into the win column when they take on Northwestern State, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. CT inside Prather Coliseum.

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The Last Meeting
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November 24, 2012
Hofheinz Pavilion
Thompson, Landry Lead Cougars to 67-51 Rout of Northwestern State
Porsche Landry and Yasmeen Thompson combined for 33 points as the University of Houston women's basketball team ran away with a 67-51 victory over Northwestern State at the David Jones Classic on Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion.

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A Look at the Series...

Houston (0-1) vs. Northwestern State (1-0)

Overall Record 3-3

Home Record 1-2

Away Record 0-0

Neutral Site Record 2-1

Longest Win Streak 2 games

Longest Losing Streak 2 games

Current Streak Win 1

Record in Last 10 Meetings N/A

First Meeting 

Feb. 11, 1977 in Houston, Texas (L, 90-79)

Last Meeting 

Nov. 24, 2013 in Houston, Texas (W, 67-51)

The Series Game-by-Game

02/11/77 Northwestern State L 79-90

03/09/77 vs. Northwestern State L 74-80

03/08/78 vs. Northwestern State W 92-80

02/08/80 Northwestern State W 81-62

03/07/81 Northwestern State L 64-65

11/24/13 vs. Northwestern State W 67-51

Series Notes: Last time these two schools met was last year at Houston's annual David Jones Classic, where Houston was able to dominate from start to finish. Three Cougars ended the night with double figures in the scoring column, including two players on the current UH squad in Yasmeen Thompson and Jessieka Palmer. Thompson finished the night with a game-high 18 points and collected six rebounds, while Palmer recorded 12 points in 16 minutes of action. Te'onna Campbell also chipped in with a game-high 12 rebounds in Houston's 67-51 win...Houston's largest margin of victory vs. Northwestern State all-time was an 81-62 (19 points) victory on Feb. 8, 1980...the Cougars' largest margin of defeat came in a 90-79 (11 points) defeat on Feb. 11, 1977...despite the all-time series being tied at 3-3, in Houston's three wins the average margin of victory is 15.6 points per game compared to just a six point average winning margin for Northwestern State...the Cougars have won three of their last four contests vs. the Demons, while Wednesday's game marks the first time Houston has traveled to Prather Coliseum. 

Dismantling the Demons

Northwestern State enters the 2013-14 campaign with a healthy mix of returners to mesh with a plethora of newcomers. The Demons welcome in eight new faces, but also return four starters from a 2013 squad that finished 12-18 overall and placed eighth in the Southland Conference with a league mark of 7-11...while they lose their leading scorer from a year ago in Jasmine Upchurch (12.3 ppg), the Demons return two players that averaged double figures a year ago in sophomore guards Janalle Perez (10.8 ppg) and Keisha Lee (12.0 ppg), while junior guard Jasmine Bradley also returns as a dangerous option, as she averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game a year ago...NSU is coming off a 77-53 win in its season opener over Southern Arkansas last Friday...the Demons were picked to finish eighth in the Southland Conference according to a vote of league coaches and sports information directors.

Last Time Out For the Cougars

Sophomore guard Jessieka Palmer exploded for 18 points on 4-of-4 shooting from three-point land, while pulling down seven rebounds, but it wasn't enough, as Mississippi State outlasted the Cougars, 76-68, on opening night at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Sophomore forward Tyler Gilbert also had a big night for Houston (0-1), as she scored a career-best 12 points, while pulling down a career-high tying five rebounds. Senior forward Marissa Ashton also joined the double-figure club, as she put in 10 points, and grabbed six boards in the loss.

Mississippi State (1-0) boasted five players in double-figures, with freshman forward Breanna Richardson leading the way with 14 points on 7-of-17 shooting, while junior guard Savannah Carter nearly recorded a double-double, posting 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

Things didn't look promising early for Houston, as Mississippi State jumped out to a commanding 16-5 lead within the first 10 minutes of the game, holding the Cougars without a bucket for just over six minutes during that span.

However, Houston eventually launched a scoring run of its own, outscoring the Bulldogs 13-7 over the final 7:54 to close the gap to 31-29 at the halftime intermission.

Houston shot just 6-of-27 from the field for 22 percent in the first half, but solid free throw shooting kept it in the game, as the Cougars converted 15-of-20 shots from the charity stripe, as opposed to the Bulldogs' 3-of-8 mark.

The cold shooting would continue in the second half, as the Mississippi State lead eventually ballooned to has high at 13 points with 16:30 left in the contest, but once again Houston battled back.

Palmer single-handedly willed the Cougars back into the game, knocking down three consecutive treys within a two-minute span to bring Houston within 46-41 with 14:17 remaining.

Houston got things to as close as 67-64, after junior guard Demetria Foreman capped off a mini 5-0 scoring run with a contested layup, after junior forward Destini Texada cleaned up a loose rebound on the other end.

The Cougars were never able to claim the lead in the second half, as they ended up shooting just 32 percent for the game and were beat off the glass 54-44.

Where We Rank

It's only been one game, but here's a look at where the Cougars stack up early on. Houston ranks second in The American in three-point defense (.147) and three pointers made per game (7), while it ranks third in three-point shooting percentage (.500), offensive rebounds (18), and offensive rebounding percentage (.400).

Filling the Void

Houston is still in the process of trying to experience life without Porcshe Landy, who graduated last year as the program's all-time assists leader (483), as well as the club's scoring leader from a year ago (16.6 ppg). While it's early, Houston may have found something in transfer guard Demetria Foreman, who collected a game-high eight assists in UH's season opener. She still has a ways to go to catch up to Landy, but the eight assists were the most any Cougar not named Landy had collected since Roxana Button also recorded eight assists on Feb. 26, 2012 vs. UCF.

Cougars Tabbed 10th in American Media Poll

The University of Houston women's basketball team was picked to finish 10th in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference according to a vote of league coaches released by the conference office on Oct. 14.

The Cougars received 15 votes to finish just behind Temple, who was picked ninth with 25 points. Defending National Champion UConn was chosen as the unanimous favorite to win the league crown, as it received 81 overall points and nine of 10 first place votes.

Louisville, the 2013 national runner-up, was chosen to finish second, as it collected 73 points overall and received the lone remaining first place vote.

USF followed with 59 points, as it just edged out Rutgers for third place, who received a healthy 57 points.

In-state rival SMU was picked to finish fifth (50 points), while Memphis (32 points), Cincinnati (30 points), and UCF followed (28 points), earning the sixth, seventh, and eighth spots respectively.

Breaking Down the 2013-14 Cougars

Fourth-year head coach Todd Buchanan and the Cougars return four starters and nine letterwinners overall from last season's squad that finished 13-17 overall and ninth in the final year of Conference USA with a 7-9 record.

The 2013-14 campaign truly marks a new era of Houston basketball, as the Cougars prepare for their first year in the new American Athletic Conference, in what arguably will be the toughest in all of college basketball.

While the Cougars will have deal with the loss of the program's all-time assists leader and the leading scorer from a year ago in Porsche Landry, Houston brings back 74 percent of last season's scoring total, including Conference USA All-Freshman team member Marche' Amerson.

Amerson ranked second on the team a year ago in scoring, averaging 9.1 points per contest and set a UH freshman record as she started in all 30 contests for the Cougars.

Senior center Yasmeen Thompson also returns for her senior year after establishing herself as formidable option down low last season, as she led Conference USA and ranked 10th all-time in program history in field goal percentage (.533), while chipping in 8.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest.

Beyond Good Beyond the Arc

Through one game, it doesn't matter whether it's offensively or defensively, the Cougars are making a lot of things happen from three-point land. Houston was 7-of-14 from downtown for 50 percent in its opener last Friday, which ranks third in the conference in terms of percentage and second in terms of three pointers made. The three-point defense was just as stellar Friday, as the Cougars held Mississippi State to just 1-of-7 from beyond the arc for 14.3 percent. That mark ranks second in The American.

Looking for Some Hofheinz Home Cooking

Wednesday's road contest at Northwestern State will be the first of just two road games Houston will compete in this month. The Cougars open up the season with six of their first eight games at Hofheinz Pavilion before they begin what will be a season-long three game road trip at Alabama (Dec. 8), Texas State (Dec. 15), and Rice (Dec. 20).

For Openers

Houston is 16-22 in season road openers (first road game of a season) and has dropped its last two road openers. Its last season opening road victory came on Nov. 20, 2010 at New Mexico State (82-62).

A Streak Meant For Snapping

Houston has dropped three consecutive road contests going back to last season. The Cougars' last road win came in a double-overtime win over at Tulane on Feb. 17, 2013 (71-70).

Tourney Tested

The Cougars will face a schedule loaded with postseason participants from 2012-13, as they will play five NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago (Texas A&M, Creighton, Prairie View A&M, USF twice, UConn twice, and Louisville twice), as well as three WNIT teams from 2012-13 in Washington, Memphis (twice), and SMU (twice) for a total of 14 matchups against eight teams that saw some kind of postseason action last season.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Houston boasts one of the more rigorous schedules in the nation, as the Cougars will go up against eight teams that are either ranked or have received votes in either the Associated Press or the USA Today Preseason Top 25 Coaches Polls. Three of those games come in the non-conference slate, as the Cougars host No. 16/ 13 Texas A&M (AP poll first), play at RV/ RV Creighton, and host RV/ NR Washington.

The other five ranked matchups come in American Conference play as Houston will take on RV/ RV USF, NR/ RV Rutgers, No. 1/ No. 1 UConn, No. 5/ No. 5 Louisville, and NR/ RV SMU for a total of 10 meetings, as the Cougars will play each school at home and away. If all eight teams were able to find their way into the top 25, the 13 ranked contests in a season would be the most in school history. The most ranked opponents the Cougars have ever played in a single season are nine during the 1978-79 campaign.

By the Numbers

Houston returns 74 percent of its 1,903 points scored, 87 percent of its rebounds, 74 percent of its field goals made, 78 percent of its three-pointers made, 78 percent of its free throws converted, 57 percent of its assists, and 77 percent of its steals from a season ago.

New Kids on the Block

The Cougars welcome in just two new faces to this year's squad in freshman guard Alexia Sanders and junior college transfer guard Demetria Foreman. Sanders comes to Houston from nearby College Park High School in The Woodlands, where she earned District 14-5A MVP honors her senior season after leading the team in scoring (20.1 ppg), rebounding (7.0 rpg), steals (4.1 spg), assists (2.7 apg), and blocks (1.0 bpg).

Foreman joins the Cougars after playing two seasons at Angelina Junior College, where she averaged 12.8 points and 3.2 assists per game, while shooting 40 percent from the field last season. She was also named to the all-conference team and earned NJCAA All-Tournament team honors.

You Can't Teach Tall

This year's Cougar squad is one of the tallest in recent memory, as the team averages nearly six feet with nine players standing at 6-0 or taller. The Cougars ranked third in Conference USA in rebounding and blocked shots a year ago, averaging 41.6 boards and 3.6 swats per game.

Homegrown Talent

Ten of the 14 players on the roster call Texas home, while one is from Oklahoma, one is from California, one is from Pennsylvania, and one comes from British Columbia.

Proud to be an American

The Cougars are one of four teams (SMU, Memphis, and UCF) to make the jump from the old Conference USA to the new American Athletic Conference. The Cougars also join five other schools from what was the old BIG EAST conference (UConn, Louisville, Cincinnati, Rutgers, and South Florida), and one school out of the old Atlantic-10 in Temple to make up the new league. The AAC is Houston's third conference in what will be the program's 39th season.

More of Marche'

Marche' Amerson earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2012 after ranking second on the squad with 10.1 points in league play while shooting a team best 36-percent from beyond the arc in conference action. Amerson also set a freshman record starting in all 30 games last season, while finishing in the top 10 in six other Houston all-time freshman marks. Houston hopes to count on her to be one of the team's leaders on and off the court this season.

Getting `Meen

Senior Yasmeen Thompson wreaked havoc in the paint for the Cougars in 2012 after transferring from Paris Junior College, as she led C-USA in field-goal percentage (53.3) while ranking  sixth in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and placing second in the league with 1.4 blocks per game in conference play a year ago. Thompson led the nation in field-goal percentage through the opening seven contests of the season.

The Philadelphia, Pa., native, who earned C-USA Player of the Week honors on Nov. 26, pulled down a career-best 17 boards in back-to-back games against Alabama and Yale, and followed up with her first-career double-double performance with 21 points and 14 rebounds at McNeese State on Nov. 20, marking 48 rebounds over a span of three games.

Thompson earned NJCAA All-Conference Honorable Mention honors last season at Paris JC after averaging 8.1 points and a team-leading 9.0 rebounds per game. Thompson helped the squad to a 24-7 record while reaching a national ranking of No. 11, setting a school record.

What Can Campbell Do For You? A lot

 Senior forward Te'onna Campbell filled the stat sheet in her first season as a Cougar, ranking among the leaders in Conference USA in several different categories, ranking eighth in rebounds (8.2 rpg), ninth in offensive rebounds (3.0 rpg), eighth in defensive rebounds (5.2 rpg), and fifth in steals (2.5 spg).

Campbell came to Houston after spending two seasons at New Mexico Junior College, and showed everyone what she could do in her first game at Mississippi State, posting eight points, eight rebounds, five steals, three assists and three blocks.

The Ontario, Calif., native tallied a career-high 17 points and made the game-winning putback with 5.4 seconds remaining in Houston's double-overtime victory at Tulane on Feb. 17.  Campbell was the top defender for the Cougars in 2012 and was matched up with the opposing team's top threat all season. 

Destined For Success

Senior forward Destini Texada looks to make a big impact for the Cougars this season after having to redshirt last year due to injury. Texada comes from Houston Baptist where she was coached and recruited by now Houston head coach Todd Buchanan. Texada averaged 10.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game during her time at Houston Baptist while earned consecutive Great West Conference Second Team honors in back-to-back seasons.

Hear it From Them

Be sure to visit www.UHCougars.com and click on the women's basketball page to watch the 2013-14 women's basketball season preview video featuring head coach Todd Buchanan, sophomore forward Marche' Amerson, and senior center Yasmeen Thompson.



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