Women's Basketball Plays Host to Texas State on Saturday

Fans will have the opportunity to receive a Houston Athletics Christmas ornament at Saturday's doubleheader

Dec. 21, 2012

HOUSTON (4-6 • 0-0) vs. TEXAS STATE (6-3 • 0-0)
 Time  Noon • Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
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 Series History  Houston leads, 10-1
 Last Time  Houston 90, Texas State 58 (11/28/09)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team returns to action after a two-week layoff to play host to Texas State at noon on Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars play the first contest of a doubleheader with the men's basketball squad, who take on Chicago State at 3 p.m.

The Cougars last played on Dec. 8, falling to Creighton by a score of 75-54 after the Bluejays overcame an eight-point halftime deficit by connecting on 15 3-pointers. Senior point guard Porsche Landry tallied 14 points to extend her double-digit scoring streak to 10 games, while junior forward Te'onna Campbell notched her first-career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Landry needs just 40 points to jump into the top 10 in career scoring in school history and ranks third all-time with 381 assists. The Houston native has excelled in all areas in the last five games, handing out 23 assists (4.6 apg) to 18 turnovers, while shooting 49 percent (27-of-55) from the field and 57 percent (8-of-14) from 3-point range.

Senior forward Destini Texada will suit up in a Houston uniform for the first time on Saturday after sitting out the first 10 contests this season due to NCAA transfer rules after playing two-plus seasons at Houston Baptist. Texada, who played her freshman season under head coach Todd Buchanan at HBU, averaged 10.2 points and 6.9 rebounds in 57 career games.

Children attending Saturday's doubleheader will have the opportunity to have their pictures made with "Shasta Claus" on the concourse behind section 105. Pictures will begin at halftime of the women's basketball contest and extend through halftime of the men's contest against Chicago State.

Fans will also have the opportunity to pick up a Houston Athletics Christmas ornament, as 1,000 will be handed out over the course of the two games.

Single-game tickets for all remaining home games are on sale now. To purchase 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 by online at UHCougars.com.

Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

ON THE AIR Fans can watch all the action live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access or by clicking here. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.

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.

Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link on the schedule page at UHCougars.com.

Texas State enters Saturday's contest with a 6-3 overall record, having won each of its last three games. The Bobcats are 2-2 away from home this season.

Texas State features a high-powered offense, ranking 15th nationally with 77.2 points per contest. The Bobcats have scored over 80 points on five occasions, including 91 in a victory over TCU.

The Bobcats are shooting nearly 40 percent from the field, while also finding success from beyond the arc, averaging 7.2 3-pointers per game. Texas State has grabbed 45.0 rebounds per contest, while the opposition has averaged 48.9 boards per game, and the Bobcats have only turned the ball over 14.2 times per contest.

Senior guard Diamond Ford paces the Bobcats' offensive attack with 21.1 points per game, ranking inside the top-20 nationally, while Ashley Ezeh (16.3 ppg), Jasmine Baugus (11.1 ppg) and Erin Peoples (10.8 ppg) are also scoring in double figures. Ezeh, a 6-0 forward, also leads the team with 10.1 rebounds per game, averaging a double-double.

Houston and Texas State will meet for only the second time since the 1988-89 season, as the Cougars hold a 10-1 advantage in the series. Houston has won four of five games against the Bobcats at Hofheinz Pavilion, while combining for a 6-0 mark away from home.

The Cougars claimed a 90-58 victory over Texas State in their last meeting on Nov. 28, 2009 at the Rocky Mountain Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. The last time the Bobcats visiting Hofheinz Pavilion, the Cougars came away with an 89-70 win on Nov. 29, 1988.

Houston and Texas State met each other for the first time since the 1988-89 season on Nov. 28, 2009 at the Rocky Mountain Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., as the Cougars came away with a 90-58 victory.

Sophomore guard Roxana Button tallied a then-career best 21 points en route to being named to the all-tournament team.

Every player on the Houston roster scored in the contest, including junior forward Courtney Taylor, who posted 15 points and nine rebounds in just 20 minutes of action.

Houston's defense also shined in the win, forcing 22 turnovers while limiting the Bobcats to a 22-percent effort from the field.



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