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    Dec. 13, 2013

    Houston (3-6) at Texas State (1-6)
    San Marcos, Texas | Strahan Coliseum 
    Sunday, December 15, 2013 | 2:00 p.m. CT
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    HOUSTON--- The Cougars continue their season-long three-game road swing when they travel to San Marcos to take on the Texas State Bobcats, this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CT inside Strahan Coliseum.

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    A Look at the Series...

    Houston (3-6) vs. Texas State (1-6)

    Overall Record 11-1

    Home Record 5-1

    Away Record 1-0

    Neutral Site Record 5-0

    Longest Win Streak 11 games

    Longest Losing Streak 1 game 

    Current Streak Win 11

    Record in Last 10 Meetings 10-0

    First Meeting 

    Jan. 30, 1976 in Austin, Texas (L, 76-71)

    Last Meeting 

    Dec. 22, 2012 at Hofheinz Pavilion (W, 74-61)

    The Series Game-by-Game

    01/30/76 vs. Texas State L 71-76

    01/29/77 vs. Texas State W 66-58

    02/12/77 TEXAS STATE W 77-47

    03/05/77 Texas State W 52-45

    01/10/78 TEXAS STATE W 85-70

    01/28/78 vs. Texas State W 92-57

    01/12/79 at Texas State W 85-60

    12/10/79 TEXAS STATE W 100-58

    12/30/86 TEXAS STATE W 96-75

    11/29/88 TEXAS STATE W 89-70

    11/28/09 vs. Texas State W 90-58

    12/22/12 TEXAS STATE   W 74-61

    Series Notes: This will be the 13th all-time meeting between the two programs, with Houston holding a commanding 11-1 advantage in the all-time series, including earning a 74-61 victory last season over the Bobcats...this will be just the second time Houston has played Texas State in San Marcos, and the first since Jan. 12, 1979...the Cougars have outscored the Bobcats by an average of 20.2 points per game in the all-time series, with nine of Houston’s 11 all-time wins coming by double-digit margins...UH’s largest margin of victory came in a 100-58 win on Dec. 10, 1979 (42 points)...the Cougars’ largest margin of defeat came in their only all-time loss to Texas State, 76-71 (5 points) on Jan. 30, 1976...Alecia Smith scored what still is a career-high 24 points and grabbed a career-best eight rebounds, while Marissa Ashton notched a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds when these teams faced off last year. 

    Talkin’ About Texas State 

    The Bobcats limp into this one after dropping a 74-61 contest to Rice last time out, bringing their record to just 1-6 on the season. Texas State is led by senior center Ashley Ezeh, who leads the team in scoring, putting up 11.0 points per contest. Sophomore guard Erin Peoples is the team’s rebounding leader, as she racks up 5.6 boards per game. The Bobcats have been outscored by an average of 11.7 points per game this season and haven’t won a game since defeating Huston-Tillotson on Nov. 8. Houston and Texas State share one common opponent on the season in Rice. The Bobcats lost to the Owls 74-61, while Houston will play at Rice on Dec. 20.

    Last Time Out For the Cougars

    The lead changed 11 times throughout the game, but in the end it was Alabama that was able to squeak out a 51-44 victory over Houston, Sunday afternoon at Foster Auditorium.

    Sophomore guard Marche’ Amerson, senior forward Te’onna Campbell, and senior center Yasmeen Thompson all had nine points for the Cougars (3-6), while Thompson also pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds in the loss.

    Shafontaye Meyers led all scorers with 14 points, including hitting a couple of three pointers down the stretch to secure the win for the Crimson Tide (4-5). Daisha Simmons collected 13 points and Briana Hutchen put in 12 points, while Nikki Hegstetter pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds in the win.

    Similar to the Washington game last time out, UH got off to a fast start, at one point owning a lead as high as 11-4, after Campbell nailed a jumper with 10:58 remaining in the first half.

    The Cougar defense was stifling, as it held the Crimson Tide to just 9-of-30 shooting for 30 percent in the first half, while it shot just 3-of-10 from downtown, also for 30 percent.

    Despite not attempting a free throw in the first half, Houston was able to overcome early foul trouble itself, to take a 25-24 advantage into halftime, after junior guard Demetria Foreman put in a runner at the buzzer.

    Amerson began the second half, just as she began the game, knocking down a jumper from the left wing on Houston’s first possession of the second period to extend the advantage to 27-24 over Alabama.

    However, that would be the last lead the Cougars would see, as the Crimson Tide grinded out a mini 12-3 scoring run to take a 36-30 advantage with 10:42 remaining in the game.

    The Cougars would never fall out of the game though, as they got it to as close as 38-36 with 4:27 left to play, after a Campbell made free throw.

    Alabama was able to convert on three triples within the last 4:11 to hold off the Cougar rally.

    Where We Rank

    Through nine games here’s a look at where the Cougars stack up early on. Houston ranks fourth in The American in three-point defense (.280) and fourth in offensive rebounding (14.8 rpg). 

    What’s Trending

    UH has recorded two or more double-digit scorers in eight of nine games this season...Houston has scored the same amount or more points in the second half than the first half in seven of nine games this season...UH has won the second chance point battle in five of its last seven games...the Cougars have won the turnover battle in five of its last six games.

    Turnovers Turning Into Points

    Over the last four games, Houston has scored 64 points off of  84 forced turnovers. That amounts to 28 percent of the Cougars’ points over the last  three games. Houston is 3-0 when forcing more turnovers than the opposition this season.

    Houston’s Dynamic Duo

    Te’onna Campbell and Marche’ Amerson have combined to score 30.5 percent (164/537) of the Cougars’ total points this season.

    Campbell Can Do A Lot

    Te’onna Campbell has done it all for the Cougars so far this season. She leads the club in points per game (11.0), steals per game (2.8), and overall steals (17).  While she stands at just 5-foot-10, she ranks second on the team in rebounds per game, grabbing 6.7  per game. She’s scored in double-digits in four of six games played this year.

    What it Could Become

    While Houston’s free throw shooting is a disappointing 62.9 percent this season, let’s take a look at what the final scores of all nine games could have looked like if those misses were turned into makes...with the free throw misses turned into makes the Cougars would be 5-4 with a scoring margin of +6.6 instead of what currently is a scoring margin of -1.0. 

    11/8 vs. Mississippi State   W 82-76 (missed 14 FTs)

    11/13 at Northwestern State   W 80-74 (missed 10 FTs)

    11/17 vs. #12/16 Texas A&M   L 63-59 (missed 8 FTs)

    11/20 vs. North Texas   W 84-61 (missed 18 FTs)

    11/23 at Creighton   L 65-59 (missed 4 FTs)

    11/30 vs. Kent State   W 58-44 (missed 4 FTs)

    12/1 vs. Prairie View A&M   W 80-46 (missed 6 FTs)

    12/4 vs. Washington   L 66-65 (missed 10 FTs)

    12/8 at Alabama   L 51-49 (missed 5 FTs)

    Positive Reinforcements

    The Cougars’ bench has produced 209 of Houston’s 493 total points scored this season (38.9%)...the UH bench has outscored the opposition’s bench 209-137 (+72) this season...the Cougars have outscored the opposition’s bench in  five of nine games this season and have outscored the opponent’s reserves by 22+ points in three games this year...Houston’s leading scorer has come off the bench on three separate occasions (Jessieka Palmer, 3x), while it has produced 10 of Houston’s 21  double-digit scoring performances this season.

    Oh So Close

    Three of Houston’s six losses have been by a combined 19 points this season, with three double-digit defeats coming at the hands of No. 16/12 Texas A&M on Nov. 17, 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Creighton on Nov. 23, and 2013 WNIT participant Washington on Dec. 4...the Cougars have been within three points (or better) of the opposition with under 10 minutes to play in the game in  eight of nine contests this year. They’ve been within three points (or better) with under four minutes to play in six of the nine games.

    Defending the Home Court

    Houston has now won five of its last eight home affairs going back to last season. 

    A Streak Meant For Snapping

    The Cougars come into this one looking for their first road win of the season, after beginning the year  0-3 on the road. Houston  has lost six straight road affairs going back to last season.

    The Second Half, Times Two

    Houston has scored 53.6 percent (288/537) of its total points this season in the second half. If one were to replace Houston’s first half scoring with its second half scoring this season, the Cougars would be averaging 64 points per game compared to its  current 59.7 points per game clip. 

    The Fast Track to Victory

    Houston is 3-0 this season when it scores more fast break points than its opponent this season. The Cougars are also 3-0 when leading with under five minutes to play.

    It’s Not How You Start...

    While the season hasn’t gone the way the Cougars’ would have hoped it would up to this point, there’s still plenty to be optimistic about. The Cougars’  final two non-conference games are vs. teams with a combined record of 6-11. 

    Cleaning Up 

    Senior center Yasmeen Thompson has led Houston in rebounding in five consecutive contests, averaging 8.6 rebounds per game during that span. She leads the team in overall rebounding (7.6 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.4 rpg), and defensive rebounding (4.1 rpg).

    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 a team-best 2.3 assists per game.

    Road Trippin’

    After playing six of its first eight games at home to start the year, Houston is in the midst of a season-long three game road trip at Alabama (Dec. 8), Texas State (Dec. 15), and Rice (Dec. 20). 

    RECYCLED NOTES

    Houston Signs Four Recruits for 2014-15

    Houston brought in Fatima Adams, Moesha Kinard, Dejah Joshua, and Sandra Davis

    Fatima Adams | Forward | 5-10 | Blinn Community College (Bryan, Texas)

    Adams has averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in 35 games played at Blinn Junior College...so far through four games this season, she’s racked up an average of 25 points per game, while shooting the ball at a 51.6 percent clip...she currently ranks in the top 50 among all active NJCAA members in six different categories: 11th in games played (35), 14th in games started (33), 41st in minutes played (845), 22nd in free throws made (127-167), 16th in offensive rebounds (131), and 18th in total rebounds (302)...she earned second-team all-district honors during the 2010-11 season and first-team all district accolades during the 2011-12 campaign while at Rudder High School...she helped lead Rudder High School to the third round of the playoffs in 2009-10 and the fourth round in 2011-12.

    From coach Buchanan: “I think she’s extremely athletic and her natural position is small forward. She can step out and hit the mid-range jump shot, which quite frankly is hard to find in today’s world. She’s a strong kid, really jumps out of the gym and has a knack for the basketball. She’s going to bring tremendous effort and energy, not to mention she can really score the basketball.”

    Moesha Kinard | Guard/ Forward | 5-7 | New Iberia High School (New Iberia, La.)

    Kinard is a four-year letterwinner at New Iberia High School...New Iberia High School was ranked as the No. 5 high school to watch in the state of Louisiana this season thanks to Kinard’s 19.8 points per game average her junior year...Kinard played every position on the floor except center in high school.

    From coach Buchanan: “You can’t really classify her in a single position. She stays true to our core values and how we want to recruit, meaning we don’t just recruit kids for one position; she can really play them all. She is so strong and psychical; it really allows her to play anywhere, but that small forward spot is probably where she fits best.

    Dejah Joshua | Forward | 5-8 | West Side High School (Gary, Ind.)

    Joshua averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game in her first season at West side High School, after transferring from Bowman Academy...while at Bowman Academy Joshua averaged 6.8 points, 1.2 assists, 1.9 rebounds, and a steal per game.

    From coach Buchanan: “She still has her best basketball ahead of her. She really has a great bounce to her game. She’s athletic, but she’s also a very smart player. She’s very versatile, where she can step back and knock down the three point shot or she can take a few steps in and hit the mid-range bucket too. She’s very poised for a high school kid. That’s what really jumps out at me. She’s also very crafty with the basketball.”

    Sandra Davis | Forward | 6-1 | Garden City Community College (Odenton, MD)

    Davis has posted two double-digit scoring performances in five games played so far this season for Garden City Community College...earned Co-Best All Around Player of the Year (JV Basketball - 2009-2010), was a member of the Maryland 4A State Championship Team (2010), named team MVP (2011-2012), Second Team All-County (2011-2012), and a member of the county All-Star Team (2011-2012) while at Arundel High School.

    From coach Buchanan: “She brings a little bit of everything. She has great length and great size, standing at 6-foot-1. She’s an incredibly intelligent basketball player. She brings that junior college experience that we need too. She’s just a very well rounded player.

    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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