Women's Basketball Plays Host to Alabama in Home Opener on Tuesday Night

Freshman guard Jessieka Palmer became the first freshman to score in double figures (10 points) in a collegiate road debut since Nov. 18, 2005

Nov. 12, 2012

ALABAMA (1-0) at HOUSTON (0-1)
 Time  7 p.m. • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
 Tickets  Ticket Information
 Series History  Houston leads, 3-1
 Last Time  Houston 76, Alabama 70 (1/3/04)
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 Jeremy Branham, (play-by-play), Louis Ray (Color)
 Live Video  UH All Access
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston Women's Basketball team opens the 2012-13 home season by playing host to Alabama at 7 p.m., Tuesday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars opened the season on Friday at Mississippi State, falling to the Lady Bulldogs by a score of 72-66 in a back-and-forth battle. Houston overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to regain its lead with under 11 minutes remaining, but couldn't hold on as the Lady Bulldogs relied on free throws down the stretch.

In her first game back since suffering an injury on Nov. 19, 2011, senior point guard Porsche Landry tallied a team-high 16 points, including 12 in the second half, while seven newcomers accounted for rest of the team's 50 points.

Junior transfer Marissa Ashton opened the contest with a bang, posting all 12 points in the first half off a 4-of-6 effort from 3-point range, while freshman guard Jessieka Palmer also scored in double figures with 10 points. Palmer became the first true freshman to score in double digits in a collegiate debut since Roxana Button on Nov. 14, 2008, as well as the first player to score in double digits in their road debut since Sha'Ratta Hawkins on Nov. 18, 2005.

Tuesday's contest has been designated as a "Red Out" game, where each fan that wears a red shirt can purchase a hot dog for $1 while supplies last.


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.


Fans can watch all the action live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access or by clicking Video. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.

Fans can also listen to all Cougar Basketball games live online with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Louis Ray providing analysis during home contests. To listen live, click here or follow Audio link on schedule page at UHCougars.com.

Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link on the schedule page at UHCougars.com.


Alabama returns a veteran team under fifth-year head coach Wendell Hudson, consisting of four starters and eight total letterwinners from last season's team that went 12-19 overall.

The Crimson tide opened the season on Sunday with a dominating 80-43 win over Jacksonville State. Junior guard Shafontaye Myers led the charge with 19 points, while senior guard Meghan Perkins also scored in double figures with 14 points.

Along with Perkins and Jasmine Robinson and Kaneisha Horn, who all saw significant minutes last season, Rutgers transfers Daisha Simmons and Briana Hutchen made their first starts in Sunday's season opener.

Alabama's defense stifled Jacksonville State, forcing 38 turnovers, including 20 steals, while limiting the Gamecocks to a 26-percent shooting effort.


Houston and Alabama will meet for the fifth time in the series history on Tuesday with the Cougars holding a 3-1 advantage over the Crimson Tide, including a 2-0 mark at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The two teams last met on Jan. 3, 2004, as Houston edged Alabama by a score of 76-70 in Tuscaloosa to improve to 8-2 on the year. The Cougars also defeated the Crimson Tide by six points the previous year at Hofheinz Pavilion, as Houston legend and current administrative coordinator Chandi Jones totaled 37 combined points in the two wins.

The other two previous contests took place on Dec. 20, 1991 in Tuscaloosa and Dec. 2, 1989 in Houston, as the two teams each won at home.

1. Chandi Jones 2,692
2. Sharion Higgins 1,957
3. Sonya Watkins 1,752
4. Courtney Taylor 1,684
5. Vickey Finch 1,670
6. Kip Anderson 1,588
7. Brittney Scott 1,522
8. Jennifer Jones 1,498
9. Pat Luckey 1,391
10. Darla Simpson 1,282
20. Porsche Landry 1,097


Houston has thrived in home openers at Hofheinz Pavilion over the years, winning 32 of the 38 games dating back to 1975.

The Cougars' last-second loss to New Mexico State last season snapped a four-game winning streak in home openers since the 2007-08 season.

Houston will open the home slate against an opponent from the Southeastern Conference for only the third time, as the Cougars dropped a 76-57 decision to No. 19 Mississippi State on Nov. 27, 2002, while toppling No. 25 LSU by a score of 66-59 on Nov. 14, 1997.


After Tuesday's home opener against Alabama, the Cougars return to the road to take on Yale in New Haven, Conn., at 6 p.m., CT on Saturday.

1. Betty Darthard 482
2. Arlene Brown 434
3. Kip Anderson 361
4. Tye Jackson 350
5. Porsche Landry 349


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 (1,097) and 300 assists (349).

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.

In Friday's season opener at Mississippi State, Landry posted a team-high 16 points to move into 20th spot all-time in scoring with 1,097 points, surpassing Sancho Lyttle and Ann Moon. Landry needs just one assist to match Tye Jackson for fourth all-time and 12 to tie Kip Anderson for third.



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