Women's Basketball Set to Host David Jones Classic
Nov. 24, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team is set to play host to Yale and McNeese State in the first annual David Jones Classic this weekend at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars meet Yale at 7 p.m., Friday, and follow with a 4 p.m., contest on Saturday against McNeese State.
Head coach Todd Buchanan and the Houston women's basketball program created the David Jones Classic to honor the late assistant coach who served at Houston from 1999-2006. Jones was a part of the coaching staff during the greatest five-year run in program history that included a 109-47 overall record and four postseason appearances. During that time, Jones was able to coach his daughter, Chandi, who became the school's all-time leading scorer (2,692 points).
"We wanted to honor David and his memory through UH women's basketball, which meant so much to him, Chandi and Janice," Buchanan said. "He loved the game of basketball, the University of Houston and especially our program so very much. David gave so much in helping us build this program and with that, myself and (former assistant coach and current Senior Women's Administrator) DeJuena Chizer thought this would be the perfect way to show our appreciation along with honoring his memory forever in a classy way.
"DeJuena, David and myself worked and coached together for five years and endured all the good and bad times together and truly became a family," Buchanan continued. "I will never forget him telling me how glad he was that I came to UH and how proud he was in the way I coached Chandi. That was the ultimate compliment and will forever live inside me and motivate me. It's very special to now have Chandi on staff to be able to share it with her as well."
David's daughter, Chandi, went on to become a top-10 WNBA Draft selection and played several years in the professional ranks before coming back to the University of Houston in September to serve as the women's basketball video coordinator.
"It means so much for the University of Houston to name a tournament after my father," Jones said. "I feel that he really left a lasting impression on a lot of people here, and obviously he did some great things here to be remembered this way. My mother and I and the entire Jones family are honored that the University has decided to recognize my dad."
The Bulldogs come to Houston with a 2-2 overall record that includes wins over Holy Cross and Farleigh Dickinson. Yale is averaging 69.8 points per contest and distributes the ball well with 19.8 assists per contest, while excelling beyond the arc with 7.5 made 3-pointers per game.
Yale spreads the ball around as seven players are averaging at least 5.8 points per game, led by junior guard Megan Vasquez (15.3 ppg). Forwards Michelle Cashen and Janna Graf are also averaging close to double digits with 9.5 and 9.3 points per game, respectively.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS YALE
Houston has only played three total contests against Ivy League schools in program history, holding a 1-2 record.
ABOUT McNEESE STATE
The Cowgirls come to Houston holding a 3-1 overall record with the lone loss coming at UCLA in the season opener. McNeese is averaging 67.2 points per game and pose a serious threat from 3-point range, averaging 7.5 treys per contest at a 37 percent clip.
Sisters Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett, both juniors, lead the team with 13.8 and 12.0 points per contest, respectively. Candace LaCombe (12.0 ppg) and Kendra Wells (10.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg) are also scoring in double figures.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS McNEESE STATE
Houston has won four straight against McNeese State, but the two teams have only met twice since 1987. The Cougars have won all five contests at Hofheinz Pavilion.
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.