Houston Roundball Review: Women's Hoops

This is The Houston Roundball Review's (www.TheHRR.com) blog to discuss women's basketball. The HRR began in 1994 and has been media credentialed to cover college and pro hoops since 1997. Member of the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Friday, September 29, 2006

Big 12 Places Four Teams in S and S Top 25

Street and Smith's Magazine announced its preseason women's college hoops poll and four Big 12 schools are ranked among their top 25:

Oklahoma - 3; Texas A&M - 9; Texas Tech - 17; and Iowa State - 23.

The Big 12 tied with the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East with four teams ranked among the top 25. The Southeastern Conference has the most schools ranked in the preseson poll with five.

Here's Street & Smith's Top 25:

1. Maryland
2. North Carolina
3. Oklahoma
4. Stanford
6. Ohio State
7. Duke
8. Connecticut
9. Texas A&M
10. Georgia
11. Vanderbilt
12. Arizona State
13. LSU
14. Rutgers
15. Kentucky
16. New Mexico
17. Texas Tech
18. Old Dominion
19. DePaul
20. Virginia
21. George Washington
22. Purdue
23. Iowa State
24. Pittsburgh
25. Southern California

Terrific 10
Jessica Davenport, Ohio State
Sylvia Fowles, LSU
Tasha Humphrey, Georgia
Crystal Langhorne, Maryland
Erlana Larkins, North Carolina
Ivory Latta, North Carolina
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma
Candace Parker, Tennessee
Noelle Quinn, UCLA
Candice Wiggins, Stanford

High Honorable Mention
Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin
Marissa Coleman, Maryland
Katie Gearlds, Purdue
Devenai Hampton, California
Lindsey Harding, Duke
Tiffany Jackson, Texas
Crystal Kelly, Western Kentucky
Armintie Price, Mississippi
Jillian Robbins, Tulsa
Brooke Smith, Stanford

Honorable Mention
Matee Ajavon, Rutgers
Morenike Atunrase, Texas A&M
Alison Bales, Duke
DeWanna Bonner, Auburn
Jessica Dickson, South Florida
Janielle Dodds, SMU
Chrissy Givens, Middle Tennessee
Alicia Gladden, Florida State
Alexis Gray-Lawson, California
Kiera Hardy, Nebraska
Laura Harper, Maryland
Alexis Hornbuckle, Tennessee
Camille Little, North Carolina
Lyndsey Medders, Iowa State
Eshaya Murphy, USC
Allie Quigley, DePaul
Tyresa Smith, Delaware
Kristi Toliver, Maryland
Marcedes Walker, Pittsburgh
Abby Waner, Duke
Emily Westerberg, Arizona State
Mallorie Winn, Pittsburgh
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, Purdue
Sharneé Zoll, Virginia
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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Swoopes' Girls' Hoops Camp October 7

North Harris College hosts Sheryl Swoopes Basketball Camp on Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for girls ages 8 to 16. Cost for the one-day camp is $75 and lunch is provided. NHC is proud to welcome WNBA champion Sheryl Swoopes to the campus.

The camp staff will consist of highly qualified basketball coaches from local high schools and colleges in the Houston area. Their focus will be on teaching campers how to develop a sound fundamental game with emphasis on offensive and defensive skills, shooting techniques, and ball handling skills. Each camper will receive basketball tips, t-shirt and an autograph from Sheryl Swoopes.

For more information or to register, call Shirley Ennis, NHC coordinator of recreational sports, at 281.618.5659 or e-mail shirley.ennis@nhmccd.edu.North Harris College is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive., one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads.

For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit: www.northharriscollege.com.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Lady Cougars Officially Announce 2006 - 2007 Schedule

I posted the 2006 - 2007 schedule for the Houston Lady Cougars on Sept. 10 (in the original HRR blog):

However, UH officially released the schedule today.

"I think we're going to have one of the toughest schedules in the country," UH head coach Joe Curl said. "Top to bottom, there are no gimmies. I feel it's the kind of schedule we need to play if we are going to continue our progression as a team. It speaks highly of our program that we are playing some of the top teams in the country like Duke, Miami, Michigan State and USC."

"It's a pleasure to be able to schedule home-and-home series with Duke and Michigan State," Curl said. "I applaud their coaching staffs and administrators for wanting to play in Houston."

"You line up and play every game, no matter what," Curl said. "This is a definite RPI schedule. We didn't go out and scheduled wins; we scheduled to make ourselves a better team. The proof will be in the pudding, and we'll find out in March how we did."

2006 - 2007 Lady Cougars' Schedule
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Monday, September 25, 2006

Five National tv Games on Aggies' Women's Hoops Schedule

A school-record five national television games and 11 contests against opponents which advanced to postseason play a year ago highlight the 2006-07 Texas A&M women’s basketball schedule as announced by head coach Gary Blair.

“Our schedule is finally complete and we are very happy with the balance that we have in scheduling new teams to College Station,” said Blair, who enters his fourth season at A&M. “The conference season both home and away looks like a tremendous opportunity for our fans to see quality top 25 basketball at Reed Arena.”

With last year’s success, the Aggies were rewarded with five nationally-televised contests. A&M will face Big 12 Conference South foes in Baylor (Jan. 13), Texas (Jan. 21) and Oklahoma twice (Jan. 27 and Feb. 10) on Fox Sports Net. Senior Day against rival Texas (Feb. 28) may be added to the television packet as part of the Big 12’s wildcard game on FSN. The Aggies will also make their first regular season and second all-time appearance on ESPN2, with an end-of-the-year matchup scheduled at Baylor (Feb. 25).

Three doubleheaders with the A&M men’s basketball team includes an action-packed Nov. 10 season-opener with the women taking on 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Pepperdine and the men facing Prairie View A&M, on the eve of the A&M-Nebraska football game at Kyle Field. Pepperdine is one of 11 schools on the 2006-07 slate that made a run in the postseason last year.

11/03 Athletes in Action (exhibition) 6:00 PM
11/06 Houston Jaguars (exhibition) 7:00 PM
11/10 Pepperdine -- doubleheader w/Aggie men 6:00 PM
11/16 Mercer 7:00 PM
11/21 McNeese State 7:00 PM

11/24 vs. West Virginia -- LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tourney 5:00 PM
11/25 vs. Loyola Marymount or American -- LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tourney TBD
11/28 Arizona 7:00 PM
12/01 @ Rice 7:00 PM
12/06 @ Washington 9:00 PM
12/18 North Texas 7:00 PM
12/20 Delaware State 7:00 PM
12/29 Sam Houston State 7:00 PM
1/02 Western Illinois -- doubleheader w/ Aggie men 6:00 PM

1/06 @ Kansas State * 2:00 PM
1/10 @ Texas Tech * 7:00 PM
1/13 Baylor * 3:30 PM
1/17 Colorado * 7:00 PM

1/21 @ Texas * -- State Farm Lone Star Showdown 2:00 PM
1/24 Nebraska * 7:00 PM
1/27 @ Oklahoma * 11:00 AM
1/30 Oklahoma State * 7:00 PM
2/03 Kansas * 6:00 PM

2/07 @ Missouri * 6:30 PM
2/10 Oklahoma * 1:00 PM
2/14 @ Iowa State * 7:00 PM
2/17 @ Oklahoma State * 7:00 PM
2/21 Texas Tech * 7:00 PM
2/25 @ Baylor * 2:00 PM
2/28 Texas * -- Senior Day; State Farm Lone Star Showdown 7:00 PM
3/06-10 @ Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships
3/17-20 @ NCAA 1st & 2nd Rounds TBA
3/24-27 @ NCAA Regionals TBA
4/01-03 @ NCAA Women's Final Four TBA
Home games in bold.
* Big 12 Conference game.
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