Conference USA Announces Women's Basketball Player and Coach of the Year
March 8, 2010
IRVING, Texas - Houston junior forward Courtney Taylor and Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton both held their teams together during some rocky moments this season and both were honored Monday as the Conference USA Player and Coach of the year, respectively, as voted upon by the league's head coaches, women's basketball media relations contact and a media member from each market.
Taylor, a 6-0 junior from Crockett, Texas, finished the regular season sixth in the league in scoring with 15.4 points per game, and third in rebounding at 10.4 per game. She is one of three C-USA players that currently average a double-double. The two-time All-C-USA selection also shattered the school record for career double-doubles and ranks ninth in league history with 39. Taylor's 13 this season appears in the top 20 nationwide. Thanks to her play, the Cougars are powering their way into the postseason riding a three-game winning streak.
But Taylor's influence goes far beyond the stat sheet. She kept the Cougars focused when 12th-year head coach Joe Curl was sidelined due to health concerns. Houston still finished with a 10-6 league record and grabbed the No. 2 seed in this week's 2010 GMC Sierra C-USA Women's Basketball Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
Taylor is the first Houston player to be named C-USA Player of the Year since for standout Chandi Jones won the award a league-record three consecutive times from 2002 to 2004.
Stockton, the longest-tenured C-USA women's basketball coach, led a Tulane team that battled through a number of injuries to lead the Green Wave to their fourth regular-season title in her 16th season on the sideline. Junior Brittany Lindsey suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Jan. 4 and did not participate in any conference games, while some of her teammates fought-through broken hands, smashed noses and bothersome foot injuries.
The Green Wave finished the year with a league-best 23 victories and a 12-4 record in conference play. That earned Tulane the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in this week's Championship.
Stockton has a career record of 323-161 on the Green Wave bench. She has Tulane primed and ready for March, as the Green Wave has won eight of its last 10 games.
The GMC Sierra 2010 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship begins 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 and championship play on Friday.
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.
GMC SIERRA 2010 C-USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
FIRST ROUNDS - Monday, March 8
QUARTERFINALS - Tuesday, March 9
SEMIFINALS - Wednesday, March 10
CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, MARCH 12
All Times Central.