Freshman guard Alexia Sanders
Nov. 15, 2013
HOUSTON--- The Cougars return home looking for their first win of the season, as they renew their rivalry with in-state foe No. 12/16 Texas A&M this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CT inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Watch it Live
There will be live video coverage available for Houston's game vs. Texas A&M. To To access video for the game visit www.UHCougars.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "video" link to watch via paid subscription through Cougars All-Access.
There will be live audio streaming available for Houston's game vs. Texas A&M. To access audio for the game visit www.UHCougars.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "audio" link to listen for free through stretch internet. Jeremy Branham will provide the play-by-play while Louis Ray will have the color commentary.
There will be live stats available for Houston's game vs. Texas A&M. To access live stats for the game visit www.UHCougars.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "GameTracker" link.
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Women's Basketball Ticket Information
Season tickets for the 2013-14 season are now on sale in the Athletics Ticket Office, starting as low as $100 for general admission seating. Season tickets for floor seating are available for only $250.
Fans can also purchase flex tickets, using all 15 tickets for one home game, one ticket for all 15 contests or any combination in between.
How to Order
To purchase season tickets, fans can call 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links.
To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GoUH or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.
Fans are encouraged to purchase their season tickets early for the best seats in the house.
A Look at the Series...
Houston (0-2) vs. Texas A&M (2-0)
Overall Record 33-23
Home Record 16-7
Away Record 12-10
Neutral Site Record 5-6
Record vs. a ranked Texas A&M 1-1
Record vs. a ranked Texas A&M at home 0-1
Record vs. a ranked Texas A&M on the road 1-0
Longest Win Streak 6 games
Longest Losing Streak 4 games
Current Streak Win 2
Record in Last 10 Meetings 4-6
Jan. 20, 1976 in College Station, Texas (L, 55-48)
Dec. 30, 2003 in College Station, Texas (W, 46-40)
The Series Game-by-Game
01/20/76 at Texas A&M L 48-55
02/12/76 Texas A&M W 56-55
02/17/76 Texas A&M L 47-58
01/22/77 at Texas A&M W 80-75
02/19/77 TEXAS A&M W 71-64
02/25/77 Texas A&M L 68-71
03/02/77 Texas A&M W 72-59
01/12/78 at Texas A&M W 63-62
02/04/78 TEXAS A&M W 68-61
03/04/78 Texas A&M W 74-68
01/06/79 TEXAS A&M W 66-64
01/30/79 at Texas A&M L 61-68
01/28/80 at Texas A&M L 64-75
02/20/80 Texas A&M W 66-61
03/05/80 Texas A&M L 65-71
01/24/81 TEXAS A&M W 90-66
02/28/81 at Texas A&M W 83-63
01/28/82 at Texas A&M W 73-36
02/01/82 at Texas A&M W 77-65
02/16/82 TEXAS A&M W 87-76
01/04/83 TEXAS A&M W 92-67
02/05/83 at Texas A&M L 72-74
02/02/84 TEXAS A&M L 80-81
03/03/84 at Texas A&M W 88-78
01/26/85 at Texas A&M L 62-83
02/27/85 TEXAS A&M L 67-74
03/06/85 Texas A&M& W 84-72
01/22/86 TEXAS A&M W 80-75
02/22/86 at Texas A&M L 70-71
03/05/86 Texas A&M W 80-73
01/19/87 at Texas A&M W 63-50
02/18/87 TEXAS A&M W 88-69
01/24/88 TEXAS A&M W 87-66
02/24/88 at Texas A&M W 91-76
01/24/89 at Texas A&M L 61-73
02/25/89 TEXAS A&M L 77-90
03/08/89 Texas A&M L 73-86
01/27/90 TEXAS A&M L 67-88
02/27/90 at Texas A&M W 94-76
03/07/90 Texas A&M W 77-69
01/30/91 at Texas A&M W 73-63
03/02/91 TEXAS A&M W 75-68
03/06/91 Texas A&M W 84-68
01/29/92 TEXAS A&M (OT) W 79-78
02/29/92 at Texas A&M W 72-70
01/16/93 TEXAS A&M W 60-58
02/13/93 at Texas A&M L 61-66
01/19/94 at Texas A&M L 62-92
02/16/94 TEXAS A&M W 74-63
01/21/95 #22 TEXAS A&M L 67-80
02/18/95 at #23 Texas A&M W 78-75
01/24/96 at Texas A&M L 58-89
02/21/96 TEXAS A&M L 85-86
12/29/01 at Texas A&M L 69-75
12/31/02 Texas A&M W 87-74
12/30/03 at Texas A&M W 46-40
Series Notes: Last time these two schools met was Dec. 31, 2003, as Houston won a low scoring affair by the final of 46-40. Chandi Jones and Sancho Lyttle combined to score 38 of the Cougars' 46 points in the win, as Jones went for 15 points and nine rebounds, while Lyttle posted 23 points and 14 boards in the win....Houston has won two in a row vs. Texas A&M and has gone 5-2 in its last seven home contests vs. the Aggies...the last time Houston played a ranked Aggie team was Feb. 18, 1995 in College Station (W at #23 Texas A&M, 80-67)...last time Houston hosted a ranked Aggie team was Jan. 21, 1995 at Hofheinz Pavilion (L vs. #22 Texas A&M, 80-67)...the Cougars' largest margin of victory all-time vs. the Aggies came in a 73-36 (37 points) win on Jan. 28, 1982 in College Station...Houston's largest margin of defeat vs. the Aggies came in an 89-58 loss (31 points) Jan. 24, 1996 in College Station.
Analyzing the Aggies
The defending SEC Tournament champions enter the 2013-14 campaign with national title aspirations, as Texas A&M returns eight letterwinners from a squad that finished 25-10 overall and placed fourth in the SEC with a league record of 11-5....through two games Karla Gilbert leads the Aggies in scoring averaging 13.5 points per game, while Achiri Ade ranks second on the team in that category, posting 12.5 points per contest. Both also rank first and second in rebounding, averaging 7.0 and 6.5 boards per contest respectively...the Aggies were picked to finish fourth in the SEC according to the conference preseason media poll....Texas A&M enters the game raked 16th in the AP poll and 12th in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Last Time Out For the Cougars
The Cougars sported three double-figure scorers and overcame an early double-digit deficit, but it wasn't enough, as they fell to Northwestern State by the final of 74-70, last Wednesday night at Prather Coliseum.
For the second straight game, sophomore guard Jessieka Palmer came up big for Houston (0-2), as she led the team in scoring with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, while sophomore forward Tyler Gilbert recorded her first career double-double, nabbing a career-best 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Northwestern State's (2-0) Keisha Lee led all scorers with 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field, including knocking down 4-of-7 three-point shots. Forward Trudy Armstead put in 13 points, while guard Janelle Perez collected 10 points and a game-high five assists to round out the double figure scorers for the Demons.
The Cougars came out of the gates cold offensively, converting on just two of their first eight field goal attempts, as the Demons raced out to a 15-4 lead with 13:04 left to play in the first half.
Houston grinded its way back into the game, as it pulled within 26-25 with 5:38 left in the half after a Sanders corner trey, followed by a Gilbert free throw conversion, which accounted for just one of her 15 first half points.
However, Northwestern State managed to regain the momentum and extend things back to an eight-point advantage, but Palmer drilled a half court shot at the halftime buzzer to bring the Cougars within 40-35 at the break.
Both teams went bucket-for-bucket it seemed in the second half, as Houston never let the lead get above seven points, as the Cougars finally took their first lead of the game at 57-56, with 8:08 left to play, after Palmer splashed home her second trey of the game from the top of the key.
Unfortunately for the Cougars that would be the only lead they'd get, as the Demons immediately launched an 8-0 scoring run, holding the Cougars scoreless for just over four minutes, taking a commanding 65-57 advantage with 3:54 left.
Houston was able to close within three points, but the Demons made enough plays down the stretch to hold on for the victory.
Houston dominated down low, outrebounding Northwestern State 54-40 and outscoring the Demons 36-22 in the paint, but the Cougars shot just 52 percent from the free throw line and committed 17 turnovers, directly leading to 17 points for the Demons.
Where We Rank
It's only been two games, but here's a look at where the Cougars stack up early on. Houston leads The American in three-point percentage (.400), while it ranks second in rebounds per game (49), offensive rebounding (19.5), offensive rebounding percentage (.584), and it ranks third in three-point field goals made per game (6.0).
Filling the Void
Houston is still in the process of trying to experience life without Porcshe Landry, 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 on Nov. 8 vs. Mississippi State. She still has a ways to go to catch up to Landry, but the eight assists were the most any Cougar not named Landry had collected since Roxana Button also recorded eight assists on Feb. 26, 2012 vs. UCF. She is currently averaging 5.5 assists per game.
Looking for Some Hofheinz Home Cooking
The Cougars will play five of their next six contests at home, starting with Sunday's game vs. Texas A&M, 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).
Houston vs. Ranked Opponents
The Cougars are 17-123 all-time vs. ranked opponents with their last ranked contest coming on Nov. 19, 2011 at #14 Georgetown (L, 66-36)...Houston's last game vs. a ranked opponent at home was vs. #25 Texas Tech on Nov. 16, 2011 (L, 88-58)...the Cougars' last win vs. a ranked opponent came vs. #21 Nebraska (79-70) on Dec. 18, 2010....the last time Houston played a ranked Aggie team was Feb. 18, 1995 in College Station (W at #23 Texas A&M, 80-67)....No. 12/16 Texas A&M will be the highest ranked team to come into Hofheinz Pavilion since Houston hosted #13 Duke on Dec. 28, 2007 (L, 84-68)...Houston has dropped four consecutive ranked matches and six straight ranked home matchups with its last win at home over a ranked opponent coming on Feb. 27, 2004 vs. #17 TCU (76-71).
A Rising Star?
Jessieka Palmer has emerged as an early star for the Cougars in 2013. She's led Houston in scoring in both of its games thus far, averaging 17.0 points per contest, which ranks third in The American. She also leads the league in three-point field goals made per game (3.5) and three-point percentage (.700). On top of all that she even nailed a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer last time out vs. Northwestern State.
Give Me Some More of Gilbert
Tyler Gilbert is off to a great start this season, as she's emerged as the team's second-leading scorer (13.5 ppg) and rebounder (7.5), while also leading the team in blocks (5) through two games this season. Gilbert recorded her first career double-double last time out at Northwestern State (15 points and 10 rebounds). Her .667 field goal percentage is also ranked second in The American...she has now recorded career-bests in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots in two consecutive games.
Houston's Dynamic Duo
Destined For Success
Senior forward Destini Texada currently leads The American in rebounding (11.5 rpg) and offensive rebounding (5.5 rpg). She grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in just 17 minutes last time out vs. Northwestern State.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.