March 6, 2010
IRVING, Texas - -
Three of the best all-around players in Conference USA women's basketball history were among those honored on this year's All-Conference teams, which were released Saturday.
Houston's Courtney Taylor, Southern Miss' Pauline Love and Tulsa's Larrissa Williams all rank among the Top 10 in C-USA history in career double-doubles. The trio were joined on the All-Conference first-team by Memphis' Brittany Carter and SMU's Brittany Gilliam.
Taylor, a 6-0 junior from Crockett, Texas, was a first-team selection last season. This year, she averaged 15.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. She shot 50 percent from the floor and helped Houston finish league play with a 10-6 record and a No. 2 seed in the 2010 GMC Sierra C-USA Women's Basketball Championship.
Love will finish her collegiate career as one of the most decorated players in school and C-USA history. The 6-0 senior from Luxora, Ark., is now a three-time selection on the C-USA first team after leading the nation in rebounding with 12.9 boards per game for Southern Miss. With her 17.8 points per game, she is one of three conference players that average a double-double. Williams and UCF's Emma Cannon are the other two.
Known for her ferocious shot-blocking ability, Williams swatted away a whopping 66 shots for Tulsa this season (2.4 BPG). That alone helped the 6-3 senior from Little Rock, Ark., earn first-team honors, but she also averaged 17.1 points per game for the Golden Hurricane. Williams was an All-Conference second team selection in 2009 and earned third-team honors in 2008.
Carter is the 5-9 spark from Covington, Ga., who guided Memphis to a top-four finish in the regular season standings. She averaged a team- and league-best 18.4 points per game and shot 40.4 percent from the floor. Carter also grabbed 5.9 rebounds per game for the Tigers.
Gilliam was another player who improved this season and turned herself into a first-team selection. SMU's 5-11 senior from Tyler, Texas, led the Mustangs in scoring (15.1) and grabbed 6.4 rebounds per game. She also dished out a team-high 148 assists (5.1 APG).
UTEP's Jareica Hughes averaged a team-high 11.9 points per game and earned second-team All-C-USA honors. Hughes is joined by Houston's Brittney Scott, one of the league's best scorers (17.4 PPG). East Carolina's Ashley Clarke, Tulane's Chassity Brown and UAB's Jala Harris round out the second-team selections.
UCF's all-around threat Cannon highlights the third-team selections, along with Marshall's Tynikki Crook and Tulane's Danielle Nunn. Rice also had two players earn third-team nods, D'Frantz Smart and Jackie Stanley.
The GMC Sierra 2010 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship will begin Monday, March 8 inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center on the campus of The University of Tulsa. The quarterfinal games are on Tuesday with semifinal games scheduled for Wednesday. The championship final will be played on Friday, March 12, and will be nationally-televised by CBS College Sports.
Fans, don't forget to purchase your tickets as all seats are general admission and are as low as $10 for an adult single-session ticket. You can also receive free admission to the women's tournament with the purchase of a 2010 GMC Sierra C-USA Men's Basketball Championship all-session ticket.
2010 All-C-USA Women's Basketball Teams
Courtney Taylor, Houston, Jr., F, Houston
Brittany Carter, Memphis, So., G, Memphis
Brittany Gilliam, SMU, Sr., G/F, SMU
Pauline Love, Southern Miss, Sr., F, Southern Miss
Larrissa Williams, Tulsa, Sr., F, Tulsa
Ashley Clarke, East Carolina, So., G, East Carolina
Brittney Scott, Houston, Jr., G, Houston
Chassity Brown, Tulane, Sr., G, Tulane
Jala Harris, UAB, Fr., G, UAB
Jareica Hughes, UTEP, Sr., G, UTEP
Tynikki Crook, Marshall, Jr., F, Marshall
D'Frantz Smart, Rice, Jr., G, Rice
Jackie Stanley, Rice¬, So., F, Rice
Danielle Nunn, Tulane, Jr., G, Tulane
Emma Cannon, UCF, Jr., F, UCF
GMC SIERRA 2010 C-USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Tulsa, Okla. * Reynolds Center
FIRST ROUNDS - Monday, March 8
Game 1: (8) UCF vs. (9) Marshall 12 p.m.
Game 2: (5) East Carolina vs. (12) Southern Miss 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: (6) UAB vs. (11) Tulsa 6 p.m.
Game 4: (7) Rice vs. (10) UTEP 8:30 p.m.
QUARTERFINALS - Tuesday, March 9
Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. (1) Tulane 12 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 2 vs. (4) Memphis 2:30 p.m.
Game 7: Winner of Game 3 vs. (3) SMU 6 p.m.
Game 8: Winner of Game 4 vs. (2) Houston 8:30 p.m.
SEMIFINALS - Wednesday, March 10
Game 9: Winners of Game 5 vs. Winners of Game 6 5 p.m. (CBS C)
Game 10: Winners of Game 7 vs. Winners of Game 8 7:30 p.m. (CBS C)
CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, MARCH 12
Game 11: Winners of Game 9 vs. Winners of Game 10 12:30 p.m. (CBS C)
All Times Central.