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    Nov. 19, 2013

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    HOUSTON--- The Cougars round out their two-game homestand, as they prepare to take on in-state foe North Texas, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. CT inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

    Watch it Live

    There will be live video coverage available for Houston's game vs. North Texas. To access video for the game visit www.UHCougars.com, click the women's basketball schedule page, then click the "watch" link to watch via paid subscription through Cougars All-Access. 

    Listen Live

    There will be live audio streaming available for Houston's game vs. North Texas. 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.

    Live Stats

    There will be live stats available for Houston's game vs. North Texas. 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.

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    Fans are encouraged to purchase their season tickets early for the best seats in the house.

    Look at the Series...

    Houston (0-3) vs. North Texas (1-1)

    Overall Record 12-6

    Home Record 6-0

    Away Record 4-2

    Neutral Site Record 2-4

    Longest Win Streak 5 games

    Longest Losing Streak 2 games (2x)

    Current Streak Won 4

    Record in Last 10 Meetings 7-3

    First Meeting 

    Dec. 10, 1977 at North Texas (L, 73-62)

    Last Meeting 

    Dec. 5, 2009 at Hofheinz Pavilion (W, 104-65)

    The Series Game-by-Game

    12/10/77 at North Texas L 62-73

    01/26/78 vs. North Texas L 47-59

    02/13/78 NORTH TEXAS W 73-66

    01/27/79 North Texas L 60-71

    02/06/79 NORTH TEXAS W 88-73

    02/22/79 North Texas W 71-59

    11/16/79 NORTH TEXAS W 87-47

    01/22/80 at North Texas W 83-60

    12/13/80 NORTH TEXAS W 96-57

    01/22/82 at North Texas L 63-72

    11/29/90 NORTH TEXAS W 74-64

    11/23/91 at North Texas W 72-53  

    12/30/98 at North Texas L 64-65

    12/04/99 NORTH TEXAS L 65-71

    12/19/03 at North Texas W 74-62

    11/21/04 North Texas W 88-65

    12/2/08 at North Texas W 80-66

    12/5/09 North Texas W 104-65

    Series Notes: Last time these two schools hooked up was Dec. 5, 2009. The game marked one of the best offensive performances in Houston history, as the Cougars sported six double-digit scorers in the contest, as Brittany Scott led the way with 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field en route to the 104-65 victory. The 104-point performance serves as the last time the Cougars’ have reached the century mark. It was the most points UH had put up since scoring 106 vs. Sam Houston State on Dec. 1, 2002 in a 106-54 win. It was also just the 36th time in program history the Cougars had scored 100+ points in a contest....Houston has won four in a row vs. the Mean Green..11 of Houston’s all-time 12 wins vs. North Texas have come by 10 points or more, the lone exception was a 73-66 (7 points) win on Feb. 13, 1978...Houston’s largest margin of victory all-time came in an 87-47 win on Nov. 16, 1979 (40 points) at Hofheinz Pavilion...UH’s largest margin of defeat came in a 59-47 loss on Jan. 26,1978 (12 points).

    Not Know About North Texas? Now You Do!

    North Texas enters the new season looking to build off a 2012-13 campaign that saw the Mean Green finish 12-19 overall and place third in the Sun Belt western division with a 10-10 mark. Senior point guard Laura McCoy leads North Texas into the new season in its first year in Conference USA, as she currently ranks third in school history in three pointers made with 129....Through two games junior forward Briesha Wynn and sophomore forward Acheil Tac are the team’s co-leading scorers, averaging 10.5 points per game. Acheil also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 8.5 boards per contest...Houston and North Texas have shared one common opponent in Texas A&M. Houston fell to the Aggies 63-51, while North Texas also lost by the final of 67-48...North Texas was picked to finish 12th in Conference USA according to the league’s preseason coaches’ poll.

    Last Time Out For the Cougars

    The Cougars hung with No. 12/16 Texas A&M right to the very end last Sunday afternoon, in what was arguably their best all-around performance of the young season, as Houston dropped a tough one by the final of 63-51 at Hofheinz Pavilion.

    Sophomore forward Marche’ Amerson dropped in 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field to lead the scoring attack for the Cougars, while junior guard Demetria Foreman recorded 10 of her own to round out the double-figure scorers for Houston.

    Senior center Yasmeen Thompson pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds and recorded eight points in the loss.

    Guard Courtney Walker collected a game-high 19 points, while dishing out a game-high tying six assists for the Aggies in the win. Forward Achiri Ade was the only other Texas A&M player to score in double-figures, as she put up 18 points and collected a game-high equaling 11 rebounds.

    Houston (0-3) came out of the gates ready to play, as it claimed an early 9-5 lead with just less than four minutes gone by in the contest, after Yasmeen Thompson converted on a layup attempt.

    However, Texas A&M (3-0) soon responded, unleashing a 16-2 scoring run of its own, as it held the Cougars without a field goal conversion for just over 10 minutes of game time to take a 21-11 advantage with just over six minutes to play in the half.

    But the Cougars played some stifling defense themselves, holding the Aggies to just 37 percent (13-of-35) shooting from the field in the first half, as they grinded their way back into the game.

    Sophomore guard Jessieka Palmer brought the crowd to its feet for the second straight game, as she drilled a three-pointer from the right wing at the halftime buzzer for a second consecutive contest, cutting the Texas A&M lead down to just 27-23 at the intermission.

    The Cougars’ proved the first half was no fluke, as once again they railed from a double-digit deficit to trim the Aggies’ lead down to 45-42 with 9:44 left to play, thanks to an 11-3 scoring run, capped off by an Alecia Smith layup conversion.

    It wasn’t pretty for Houston, as the offense managed to shoot just 30 percent (19-of-63) for the game, but the effort was there, as the Cougars won the second-chance point battle 18-9.

    Where We Rank

    It’s only been three games, but here’s a look at where the Cougars stack up early on. Houston ranks third in The American in three-point percentage (.333), rebounding offense (48.0 rpg), and offensive rebounding (18.7 rpg). The Cougars are fourth in offensive rebounding percentage (.397) and three pointers made per game (5.3).

    What’s Trending

    Houston has committed more turnovers than the opposition in all three games to open the season...the Cougars bench has outscored the opponent’s bench in two of three contests this season...UH has recorded two or more double-digit scorers in all three games this season...Houston has scored the same amount or more points in the second half than the first half in all three games.

    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 4.7 assists per game.

    Bench Production

    The Cougars’ bench has produced 101 of Houston’s 189 total points scored this season (54 percent)...the UH bench has outscored the opposition’s bench 101-50 this season...Houston’s leading scorer has come off the bench on two separate occasions (Jessieka Palmer, 2x).

    Oh So Close

    The Cougars may be 0-3, but don’t expect that to last for long. Houston has lost two games by a combined 12 points this season, with its lone double-digit defeat coming at the hands of No. 16/12 Texas A&M last Sunday...the Cougars have been within three points or less of the opposition with under 10 minutes to play in the game in all three contests this year. They’ve been within three points with under four minutes to play in two of the three games.

    All About Getting Better

    Houston’s 63-51 loss to No. 16/12 Texas A&M was the closest the Cougars  have come to defeating a ranked opponent since falling to No. 25 West Virginia, 79-73, on March 3, 2011...the 63 points surrendered defensively was the least amount of points the Cougars have given up since holding Rice to 59 points on March 3, 2013.

    Looking for Some Hofheinz Home Cooking

    The Cougars are entering the second game of a stretch that will see Houston play five of its next six contests at home, before it begins what will be a season-long three game road trip at Alabama (Dec. 8), Texas State (Dec. 15), and Rice (Dec. 20).

    A Rising Star?

    Jessieka Palmer has emerged as an early star for the Cougars in 2013. She’s led Houston in scoring in two of three games thus far, averaging 12.3 points per contest, which ranks 15th in The American. She also leads the league in three-point percentage (.615) and ranks second in three-pointers made per game (2.7).

    Crowd Pleaser

    Jessieka Palmer has drilled a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer in two consecutive games, with the first being a half court shot at Northwestern State on Nov. 13...She’s converted on at least one three-point field goal in every game thus far.

    Sanders Sinks Em

    Freshman guard Alexia Sanders is a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line and 1-of-1 from three-point land this year.

    Houston’s Dynamic Duo

    Jessieka Palmer and Tyler Gilbert have combined to score 64 of Houston’s 189 total points the season (34%) and grab  234 of the Cougars’ 144 total rebounds (24%).

    Destined For Success

    Senior forward Destini Texada currently ranks fifth in The American in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and second in offensive rebounding (5.0 rpg). She grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in just 17 minutes on Nov. 13 vs. Northwestern State.

    UH Athletics Team Up to Stomp Hunger

    The University of Houston Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Houston Athletics Department are encouraging fans attending home athletic events next week (Nov. 17-23) to help support Hunger Week by donating canned goods for a chance to win great prizes.

    Houston SAAC’s Hunger Week is an event designed by the University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in conjunction with the University of Houston Athletics department. All donations will directly support the Houston Food Bank.

    RECYCLED NOTES

    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.

    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.

    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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