Women's Basketball Set to Play Host to David Jones Classic
Nov. 21, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team returns home following road contests in three of the first four games to play host to the second-annual David Jones Classic at Hofheinz Pavilion on Friday and Saturday.
Houston welcomes Southeast Missouri, Northwestern State and UTPA to compete in the tournament, which honors the late assistant coach who served at Houston from 1999-2006.
Jones was a part of the coaching staff during the greatest five-year run in program history that included a 109-47 overall record and four postseason appearances. During that time, Jones was able to coach his daughter, Chandi, who became the school's all-time leading scorer (2,692 points).
Chandi Jones went on to become a top-10 WNBA Draft selection and played several years in the professional ranks and is now in her second year as the administrative coordinator with the women's basketball program.
The Cougars will meet Southeast Missouri at 5:30 p.m., on Friday and follow up with Northwestern State at noon on Saturday.
Fans with a Houston football ticket for Saturday's contest against Tulane at 2:30 p.m., can gain free entrance into the Cougars' matchup with Northwestern State prior to kickoff.
The Cougars suffered another heartbreaker on the road on Tuesday night against McNeese State, falling by a score of 76-72. Houston has lost all four games by less than nine points and by an average margin of defeat of 4.5 points.
Junior forward Yasmeen Thompson continued her dominant play in the post on Tuesday, notching her first-career double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Thompson, who leads C-USA in rebounding with 13.5 per game, has piled up 48 rebounds over the past three games and also ranks second in the league in field-goal percentage (64.3).
Senior point guard Porsche Landry played only 25 minutes on Tuesday due to foul trouble, but still managed to hit double-doubles for the fourth time this season and 55th time in her career with a 10-point effort. The Houston native needs just six assists to move into third place all-time and is also 15 points shy of tying Roxana Button for 15th spot all-time in career scoring.
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.
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 video. 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.
ABOUT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Southeast Missouri has split its first four contests, defeating Wright State and Arkansas State while dropping tight contests to UMKC and Kansas.
The Redhawks are in their second season under head coach Ty Margenthaler and return three starters and eight total letterwinners from last year's squad that went 7-22 overall.
Sophomore guard Allyson Bradshaw leads the Redhawks with 12.5 points per game and is a deadly shooter from beyond the arc, draining 10 3-pointers this season at a 56-percent clip. Senior forward Brittany Harriel (6-1) has added 12.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest this season.
Southeast Missouri is averaging 63.0 points per game and has shot 40 percent (92-of-230) from the field while converting 7.8 3-pointers per game at a 41-percent rate.
ABOUT NORTHWESTERN STATE
Northwestern State is in its first season under head coaches Brooke and Scott Stoehr and has posted a 3-1 record this season, defeating New Orleans, Alcorn State and Wiley while falling at Ole Miss.
Senior center Jasmine Upchurch (6-3) has led the Lady Demons this season with 14.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest and is coming off of a 30-point effort against Wiley on Tuesday. Freshman guard Janelle Perez is also scoring in double figures for NSU with 12.5 points per game.
The Lady Demons are scoring 56.0 points per game while limiting the opposition to 56.5 points per contest. NSU is outrebounding its opponents by a 36.8-34.5 margin, while forcing 22.0 turnovers per game.
Houston will meet Southeast Missouri for the first time in program history, while matching up with Northwestern State for the first time since March 7, 1981, which resulted in a 65-64 loss at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Overall, the two teams have split two contests played at Hofheinz, with the lone Houston win coming on Feb. 8, 1980.
The Cougars dropped the first two games against Northwestern State in 1977 before winning the next two in 1978 and 1979.
GETTING 'MEEN ON THE BOARDS
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 belongs in an elite group in Houston women's basketball history as one of only four Cougars all-time with 1,000 points (1,150) and 300 assists (355).
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.
Landry has registered 40 points in the last two games to push her career points to 1,150, which is just 15 points shy of tying Roxana Button (2008-12) for 15th spot all-time. The Houston native also ranks in fourth spot in career assists with 355, and needs only six more to tie Kip Anderson (1978-81) for third.