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).

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Late Gift for Comets' fans

The Houston Rockets are this close to finalizing a deal to announce the sale of the Houston Comets to a local (re: Houston) ownership group. I'm confident an announcement will be reached by the end of 2006. (Yes, 2006.)

Since the Houston Rockets are about to begin a homestand, I would not be surprised at all if an announcement occurs at one of those games.

Christmas just passed a few days ago; but, it appears fans of the Houston Comets may be receiving a gift a few days later than they hoped.

Happy Holidays!
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Sunday, December 17, 2006

ugly, ugly basketball

Well, that was disappointing.

Halftime score: Tennessee 27, Texas 18.

Longhorns shot 22.2%; while the Lady Vols shot 31.4%.

Tennessee had a lot of shots rim out while the Longhorns had little to no movement on offense.

I was very disappointed; however, sitting next to Bridgette Gordon made the first half tolerable. Bridgette cracks me up...
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Live from Austin -- UT vs. UT

Right now, I'm in Austin, TX, getting ready for the game between Tennessee and Texas in the Frank Erwin Center.

We're having difficulties with my gift laptop; so, I'm using my friend's laptop as I type this. Hopefully, my laptop will start working because that's the one I'm planning to use when I head to Cleveland for the 2007 Women's NCAA Championship (re: Final Four).

Fans started showing up for this game an hour ago which tells me I'm defnitely not in Houston, TX, anymore.

I'm hoping this game is going to be a good one.

Good luck to both teams.

More at halftime...
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Monday, December 11, 2006

Comets' next head coach

A bit of info about the next head coach of the Houston Comets...

...Assuming the lead ownership group purchases the team (all signs point in that direction), the next head coach will posess certain qualifications. First, this may surprise you, the process for a head coach is already underway. Male and female candidates have been interviewed. The priority is to not hire a "re-tread". The NBA interviewing format is being used in this process which means the candidates are going through a two-hour (approximately) process answering questions including hypothetical situations which may arise as a head coach.

The new coach will not be hired based simply on his or her "name"; but, on his or her ability to communicate with the players as well as interact positively in the Houston community. While good "X's and O's"skills are important, they will not be the sole reason the coach will be hired.

Now, before you get up in arms about these qualifications, the consultant of the ownership group wants me to remind you Bill Laimbeer, head coach of the two-time WNBA Champion Detroit Shock, did not have previous coaching experience before he became coach in Detroit.

Lastly, the consultant told me the next head coach of the Comets will "provide a fresh approach to the organization and help move the Comets forward the next 10 years".
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Friday, December 08, 2006

Comets' Sale Discussions Progessing Nicely

With the WNBA and the Los Angeles Sparks announcing the sale of the Sparks to a new ownership group, I'm sure fans of the Houston Comets are wondering what's going on regarding the potential sale of their favorite team.

I have news to report to you, Comets fans...discussion talks are progressing very nicely. In fact, I've spoken with the lead consultant of, what I believe is, the leading potential ownership group numerous times this week.

I want to let you know a few things: first, the ownership group is local and the group is comprised of season ticket holders just like you. Second, the Comets will continue playing in Toyota Center for the foreseeable future -- the team will not play in Hofheinz Pavilion on the campus of the University of Houston.

Third, the group has some very creative and innovative ideas which you will appreciate and enjoy. The ideas will help increase season ticket sales; return fans to Toyota Center; and make Toyota Center a fun, exciting and entertaining destination for Comets fans.

Fourth, Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander has been very cooperative in the discussions and he's been very helpful in the talks with this particualr ownership group.

Lastly, an announcement regarding the sale of the team could be forthcoming soon.

More information will be posted on TheHRR over the next few days.
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Monday, December 04, 2006

Fifth Ranked HBU Beats Southern Nazarene by Eight

No. 5 ranked Houston Baptist University used big runs in each half and weathered a late rally to pull out an 83-75 victory over Southern Nazarene University on Monday night in Sharp Gymnasium. The game had been scheduled for last Thursday, but inclement weather in Oklahoma pushed the contest to Monday night.

HBU shot just 42 percent on the night, but got it done at the stripe, hitting for 79 percent. HBU forced 20 turnovers in the game which led to 29 points, overcoming a 38-24 deficit in the paint. SNU shot 48 percent, but hit just 5-20 from long range.

Houston Baptist placed four players in double-digits, two with twenty-plus. Jasmine Irving had 23 points and four boards, while Velencia Kuykendall added 21 points and nine rebounds. Davis had 12 points, all on three-pointers in the second half, while Dominique Thomas added 11 points and 10 assists. Whitney Pederson had a nice all-around game with six points, nine caroms, four assists and four steals.

Southern Nazarene was led by Mara Kee, who scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds in the losing effort. Fatou Ndiaye added 17 points and six rebounds and Khady Ngom had 14 points, six boards and four assists for the Storm, now 7-2 overall.

The Huskies improve to 5-2 on the season. HBU will be in action again on Thursday, as it wraps up the quick two-game homestand with No. 3 ranked Oklahoma City University.
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OU's Paris' Double-Double Streak Reaches One Year Mark

On Tuesday, December 5, 2006, Oklahoma Sooners sophomore center, Courtney Paris' double-double (points and rebounds) streak will be one year old. Paris has collected a double-double in 34 straight games dating back to Dec. 5, 2005. The streak began with a 24 point, 22 rebound performance against UCLA on Dec. 5, 2005.

No other player in Division I basketball can claim such a streak. And while the NCAA does not keep records on double-doubles, it is believed that very few, if any, have ever had such a streak.

Below are accomplishments and milestones achieved during the streak:

1 - Triple-double (18 points, 13 rebounds, 10 blocks vs. Texas Tech, 3-1-06).
2 - Big 12 Championships, one regular season, one postseason.
4 - Games with 20 or more rebounds.
8 - Double-doubles that have been posted by opponents during the streak.
11 - Double-doubles that Paris has recorded in an individual half.
11.3 - The average rebounding advantage OU held in the 34 games.
12.5 - The average scoring advantage OU held in those 34 games.
20 - Active streak of consecutive regular season wins for Oklahoma.
21 - Games with 20 or more rebounds.
21 - Games with 15 or more rebounds.
25 - The next closest double-double total over the last 365 days belongs to LSU's Sylvia Fowles.
29.2 - Average minutes per game for Paris during streak.
30 - Wins for Oklahoma.
33 - The OU and Big 12 single season record for double-doubles that Paris’ posted in 2005-06.
41 - Number of games LSU’s Sylvia Fowles needed to reach her 25 double-doubles in the last year.
365 - Days since the start of the streak.
367 - Days since she the last time she did not record a double-double (vs. Oral Roberts, 12/3/05).
533 - Paris’ rebound total, an NCAA high and an average of 15.6 per game.
751 - Paris’ point total, an average of 22.0 per game.

Kudos to OU's Chris Freet for compiling this list.
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Neaves Named C-USA Player of the Week

Rice’s Lauren Neaves averaged a double-double last week. Neaves was credited with 18.7 ppg and 14.3 rpg in Rice’s 2-1 week. The senior also contributed 3.3 blocks and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 57.5 percent (23-of-40) from the field and 75.0 percent (9-of-12) from the charity stripe for the week.

Neaves had 20 points and 20 rebounds in Rice’s 79-66 upset victory over No. 10 Texas A&M Friday. She also had five blocked shots, two assists and shot 56.3 percent from the field (9-of-16) for her 41st career DD. The win over Texas A&M was Rice’s first victory over a top-10 program since defeating Louisiana Tech in 2002. It also marked C-USA’s first win over a ranked team this season.

Neaves posted her 42nd DD with 21 points and 14 rebounds against Marquette. She shot 58.3 percent from the field (7-of-12) and 87.5 percent from the free throw line (7-of-8). In 26 minutes of action against SHSU, she tallied 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots while shooting 58.3 percent from the field (7-of-12).

Neaves ranks second in the league in scoring with 19.0 ppg and tops C-USA in two categories with 11.5 rpg and 2.13 bpg.
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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Ags Atunrase out Four to Six Weeks with Injury

From Texas A&M:
Texas A&M’s Morenike Atunrase will miss the next four-to-six weeks of the season due to an injury suffered in the second half of play at Rice on Dec. 1.

Atunrase fractured her fourth metatarsal in her left foot, according to Texas A&M women’s basketball athletic trainer Mike Ricke. No surgery will be needed for the 5-foot-10 junior combination guard/forward who has been fitted with a 3-D boot and will walk with the aid of crutches during the recovery process.

“This is obviously a huge blow to our program, but we are confident Danielle Gant will be able to step up and fill in for Morenike in our lineup,” Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair said. “Morenike is the most well-conditioned athlete I have ever coached. She went two years without an injury, but sometimes these things happen to the best of us. We anticipate her coming back for the beginning part of the Big 12 Conference season.”

Prior to the injury, Atunrase averaged a team-leading 17.1 points and 1.9 blocks per game for the nationally-ranked Aggies. She currently ranks sixth in the league in scoring and tied for third in three-point field goal percentage (54.2). One of five league players to be named to the preseason All-Big 12 Team, Atunrase had not missed a game ever since the beginning of her freshman campaign in 2004-05. She was named Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year in 2005.

A top 30 candidate for this year’s prestigious John R. Wooden Award, Atunrase is the school’s all-time leader in single-season blocked shots (58) and is 10 shy of the all-time record in the same category with 128 career blocks to date. Atunrase has played in 70 career games with 63 starts for the Aggies, who were ranked a school-best No. 10 this week in both national polls.
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