Women's Basketball Set for Tuesday Contest Against UTSA

Yasmeen Thompson currently leads the nation in field-goal percentage (.732)

Nov. 26, 2012

HOUSTON (2-4) vs. UTSA (5-1)
 Time  7 p.m. • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
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 Series History  Houston leads, 17-1
 Last Time  UTSA 70, Houston 59 (12/4/11)
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HOUSTON - Fresh off of two wins to claim the David Jones Classic title, the University of Houston women's basketball team returns to action on Tuesday to take on UTSA at 7 p.m., at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Houston notched its first victory of the season in a 61-44 defeat of Southeast Missouri on Friday as guards Porsche Landry and Alecia Smith combined for 34 points in the contest.

The Cougars followed up with a 67-51 win over Northwestern State, as junior forward Yasmeen Thompson posted 18 points off a perfect 8-of-8 effort from the field, while Landry (15) and freshman guard Jessieka Palmer (12) also scored in double figures.

Thompson, who is in her first season at Houston after transferring from Paris Junior College, was named the Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in three contests while shooting 84 percent (21-of-25) from the field. The Philadelphia, Pa., native currently leads the nation in field-goal percentage (.732) and also paces the league in rebounds (11.7 rpg).

Landry has led the Cougars in scoring through the first six contests with 17.2 points per game, scoring in double figures in all six contests. The senior from Houston found her stroke from beyond the arc over the weekend, snapping an 0-for-6 skid to start the season with a 6-of-12 clip in two games.


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.


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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.

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The Roadrunners enter Tuesday's contest sporting a 5-1 record, with the one loss coming at Wichita State. UTSA returns three starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's squad that went 8-21 overall.

UTSA features a deep squad this season, with eight players averaging at least 5.0 points per game and 12 players seeing at least 11.2 minutes of action per contest.

The Roadrunners have averaged 64.8 points per game and shot 41 percent from the field, while limiting the opposition to just 45.0 points per contest and a 28-percent effort from the field. UTSA is also forcing 21.3 turnovers per game and winning the rebound battle by a plus-6.8 margin.

UTSA is led by guards Kamra King and Simone Young, who are averaging 8.8 and 7.3 points per game, respectively. Senior forward Lyndi Thorman (6-3) has added 6.5 points per contest while shooting 89 percent (16-of-18) from the field.


Houston and UTSA will meet for the fourth-straight year and the 19th time overall dating back to 1981, as the Cougars hold a 17-1 advantage in the series.

The Cougars dropped their first-ever contest to the Roadrunners last season in San Antonio by a score of 70-59.

The two teams have played each other the past three seasons but only five times since 1990, with the Cougars claiming 74-53 and 71-59 victories in 2009 and 2010.

Houston is a perfect 9-0 when playing UTSA at Hofheinz Pavilion.

1. Yasmeen Thompson, Houston 73.2
2. Tianna Hawkins, Maryland 71.1
3. Franny Vaaulu, Utah State 69.6
4. Alicia DeVaughn, Maryland 69.0
5. Nneka Enemkpali, Texas 68.6


UTSA rode a 17-6 rally over the final 8:39 to break a tie game and defeat Houston by a score of 70-59 on Dec. 4, 2011 in San Antonio. The loss was the first-ever for the Cougars against UTSA in 18 meetings.

The Cougars held its biggest lead of nine points with less than eight minutes remaining in the opening half after back-to-back 3-pointers from freshman guard Mileka Loydrake, but the Roadrunners ended the half on a 15-6 run as the two teams were knotted at 34 points at the break.

Houston relied on a 10-2 run to tie the contest at the 8:39 mark before UTSA made its final run to secure the win.

Senior guard Roxana Button tied her career best with 30 points in 40 minutes of action.

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
15. Porsche Landry 1,184


Junior transfer Yasmeen Thompson has wreaked havoc in the paint in her first four contests as a Cougar after transferring from Paris Junior College, leading Conference USA with 13.5 rebounds per contest while also ranking third with 2.0 blocks per game.

The Philadelphia, Pa., native, who is also shooting 65 percent from the field, 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.


Senior point guard Porsche Landry tallied 34 points in two contests over the weekend to move into 15th spot all-time in career scoring with 1,184 points, while also sliding into third spot in Houston history in career assists (364), surpassing Kip Anderson (1978-81).

Landry belongs in an elite group in Houston women's basketball history as one of only three Cougars all-time with at least 1,184 points and 364 assists.

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.



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