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).

Monday, June 30, 2008

Dixon out at TSU

This coaching tenure sure was short...

HOUSTON, TX -- Texas Southern Athletics Director Charles McClelland announced today that a breakdown in negotiations with Surina Dixon led to changes in the women’s basketball program.

“Based upon the inability to agree upon a contract, we have decided to move in a different direction,” says McClelland.

Coach Dixon came to Texas Southern in March to replace former head coach Claude Cummings.

A national search for a new women basketball head coach will begin immediately.

Two months ago, The HRR reported news that Cynthia Cooper would be named TSU's head coach of women's basketball. Then, a few days later, The HRR reported Cooper would not be named TSU's head coach.

Though a "national search" will be conducted, one can assume Cynthia Cooper is the front runner to become the next head coach of Texas Southern's women's basketball program.
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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Comets vs. Fever

Updated, June 29, 10:58 am. -- Post-game Quotes.

Updated, June 28, 9:41 pm.
Final score: Comets 75, Fever 61. Fourth straight win for the Comets. Second straight without Tina Thompson.

The Comets (7-8) outscored the Fever (7-8) 21 to 14 in the final period; but, the quarter was more decisive than that. Houston limited the Fever to just one field goal (a deep three-point shot by center Allison Bales) for the first six plus minutes of the period.

Matee Ajavon led all scorers with a career-high 24 points (7 for 14 from the field and 9 for 13 from the foul line). Ajavon's 24 points ties the Comets' Rookie Record of 24 set by Tina Thompson on July 29, 1997, versus the Cleveland Rockers.

Sancho Lyttle (subbing for Tina Thompson who sat out the game due to a fractured left ring finger) scored 15 points; grabbed 10 reboundds; and picked up six steals. Michelle Snow added 12 points; six rebounds; and three assists. Hamchetou Maiga-Ba added 10 points and four boards.

Indy was led by 13 points from Tammy Sutton-Brown. The Fever shot 20 for 50 (40%) for the game. The Fever simply could not take care of the basketball. They committed 26 turnovers which the Comets converted into 29 points.

Houston dominated the paint -- 36 to 16; and, scored 14 fast break points to just seven for the Fever.

Updated, June 28, 9:12 pm.
End of 3rd quarter: Comets 54, Fever 47.

The game is getting physical and a bit chippy. Indy's Ebony Hoffman was ejected for arguing with referee Kurt Walker.

11 fouls were called in the quarter.

Ajavon scored six points in the period. She now has 21 for the game. She needs four more points to set a new Comets' rookie record for points in a game. Tina Thompson currently holds the record with 24 points.

The Fever have 23 turnovers; so, the fact they're still in the game is a plus for them.

Latasha Byears checked into the game for the Comets; and, a few seconds later, she bobbled the ball and missed a gimmee lay up.

Updated, June 28, 8:26 pm.
Halftime: Comets 39, Fever 29.

After leading 29 to 14, the Comets gave up nine straight points to the Fever; but, Matee Ajavon helped end Indy's run. Ajavon capped off the first-half scoring with a fast-break lay-up after stealing the ball from Indiana' LaToya Bond at half court.

Ajavon (5 for 8 from the field, 4 for 4 from the foul line) leads all scorers with 15 points. The Comets have 10 assists on 16 (out of 33 attempts) made field goals.

Tammy Sutton-Brown and Tully Bevilaqua lead the Fever with seven points a piece.

Indy turned the ball over 15 times in the first half. The Comets had nine first half steals.

The Comets out scored the Fever 20 to 6 in the paint and 8 to 0 on the fast break.

Updated, June 28, at 7:55 pm.
End of the 1st quarter: Comets 20, Fever 14.

Maiga-Ba and Lyttle lead the Comets with six point each.
Tully Bevilaqua leads the Fever with four while Tamika Catchings, Ebony Hoffman, and Tammy Sutton-Brown each have three points.

The Comets shot 10 for 17 from the field. Indy shot 4 for 12.
Houston turned the ball over three times while Indy committed seven turnovers.

The Comets outscored the Fever 14 to 2 in the paint.

HOUSTON, TX -- As mentioned here, Tina Thompson will not play tonight versus the Indiana Fever.

Houston Comets (6-8) versus the Indiana Fever (7-7).

Here are the Starters and the Officials for tonight's game:

Indiana Fever
F -- Tamika Catchings
F -- Ebony Hoffman
C -- Tammy Sutton-Brown
G -- Katie Douglas
G -- Tully Bevilaqua

Houston Comets
F -- Hamchetou Maiga-Ba
F -- Sancho Lyttle
C -- Michelle Snow
G -- Shannon Johnson
G -- Mwadi Mabika

#18 -- Kurt Walker
#34 -- Maj Forsberg
#21 -- Byron Jarrett

I'm going to try something a little different for tonight's game...a live chat during the game.

Here's the link:
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Comets Waive Shields

Updated, June 28, 11:55am -- Tina Thompson will be on the Inactive List for tonight's game versus the Indiana Fever.

HOUSTON, TX -- Last night, the Houston Comets announced the waiver of Ashley Shields, the first ever junior college player selected in a WNBA Draft. She was chosen by the Comets in the first round (8th overall) of the 2007 WNBA Draft.

To say Shields WNBA career was disappointing, would be definitely be an understatement.

Over the course of 39 WNBA games in two seasons (2007, 2008), Shields posted an average of 4.8 points and 1.1 rebounds.

Shields, 5'10, guard, attended Southwest Tennessee Community College, finishing her junior college career with an average of 25.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists.

The Comets (6-8) will try and extend their three-game winning streak when they host the Indiana Fever (7-7) Saturday night at Reliant Arena. Tip is scheduled for 7:30pm.

Note: Comets forward Tina Thompson's (fractured ring finger, left hand) status for tonight's game has not yet been decided.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Byears Re-signed

Updated: June 26, 1pm.
According to Jenny Dial of the Houston Chronicle, Tina Thompson will be inactive for tonight's game versus the Silver Stars due to her fractured ring finger.

Any one attending the Houston Comets' home games thus far at Reliant Arena may have spotted forward Latasha Byears in attendance. Byears' presence may have caused some fans to wonder what she was doing at the games.

The answer is Tot was watching her former and future Comets teammates:

Houston Comets Re-sign Forward Latasha Byears"

Also, Comets forward Tina Thompson is "officially listed as day-to-day" (aren't we all?) with a fractured ring finger on her left hand. However, Tina is expected to play in tomorrow's game versus the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Tuesday night, Thompson hit the game-winning jump shot to lead the Comets (5-8) over the Silver Stars (8-5) with an 82 to 81 overtime win.
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Monday, June 23, 2008

Ags' Colson to have ACL Surgery

Updated, June 28, 11:30am -- Sydney will undergo the surgery on Wednesday, July 9.

June 20, Texas A&M's Sydney Colson tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee.

The Aggies announced
Colson will undergo surgery to repair the ACL. Colson will likely miss preseason workouts and part of non-conference play.

Good luck to Sydney for a healthy recovery.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Comets vs. Mystics

Final: Comets 63, Mystics 67.

The Comets shot 5 for 18 in the fourth quarter while the Mystics shot 7 for 13 from the field. The Mystics took a 65 to 59 lead with 1.42 left in the game then HELD on for the win.

After a foul was called on Mystics' Nikki Blue before the ball was inbounded, Tina Thompson had a chance to pull the Comets within one point (65 to 64) with 10.4 seconds left in the game. But, Thompson missed the free throw. The Comets retained possession; Michelle Snow received the inbound pass; drove to the bucket; and laid up a shot off the glass that rimmed out.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin rebounded the missed shot and was fouled. Taj drained both free throws to ice the game.

End of 3rd Quarter: Comets 53, Mystics 44.

11 more turnovers in the third period. The Mystics took a brief lead 35 to 34 on a three-pointer by Monique Currie. Houston's Matee Ajavon scored seven points at the end of the third quarter; and, they were all on jump shots -- including a three pointer!

The Comets are still shooting 50% (21 for 42) from the field for the game.
The Mystics are at 39.0% (16 for 41).

Alana Beard has 19 points to lead all scorers. Hamchetou Maiga-Ba's 13 leads the Comets.

Halftime: Comets 34, Mystics 30.

Twenty-two turnovers combined in the first half!

The Comets made 50% (14 for 28) from the field; but, only lead by four points.

Mystics' Alana Beard leads all scorers with 12 points buts she's only 4 for 11 from the field.

Washington's 4 for 5 shooting from the three-point line has kept them in this low-scoring game.

End of 1st Quarter: Comets 19, Mystics 15.

Leading Scorer:
Comets -- Maiga-Ba with 6 points, Mystics -- Beard with 5 points.

Field Goals:
Comets -- 50% (8 for 16), Mystics -- 35.3% (6 fo 17)

Comets -- 5, Mystics -- 6.

Get ready for this titanic tilt!

The 3 and 7 Houston Comets host the 3 and 7 Washington Mystics inside Reliant Arena.

Here are the Starters and the Officials:

Washington Mystics

11 - Taj McWilliams-Franklin
25 - Monique Currie
43 - Nakia Sanford
20 - Alana Beard
32 - Nikki Blue

Inactive: Amber Jacobs and Bernice Mosby

Houston Comets

99 - Hamchetou Maiga-Ba
7 - Tina Thompson
2 - Michelle Snow
41 - Shannon johnson
4 - Mwadi Mabika

Inactive: Tamecka Dixon

#13 Cameron Inouye

#6 Bonita Spence
#51 Kane Fitgerald
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Monday, June 16, 2008

Comets Keep Dream Winless

HOUSTON, TX -- The Houston Comets picked up their third straight victory Monday night with an 88 to 79 win over the Atlanta Dream in front of an announced crowd of 6,139 fans inside venerable Reliant Arena.

The win gives the Comets (3-7) their second straight victory and keeps the Dream (0-10) winless.

Though the Comets led by as many as 15 points in the game, the Dream kept coming back thanks to the solid play of their starting backcourt.

Betty Lennox (season-high tying 29 points and 11 rebounds) and Ivory Latta (career-high 21 points) combined for 50 of Atlanta's 79 points.

The Comets used balanced scoring in the game. Michelle Snow scored 18 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. Tina Thompson and rookie guard Matee Ajavon each scored 12 points while veteran point guard Shannon Johnson added 11 points and rookie point guard Erica White poured in 10 points.

Houston led 22 to 16 at the end of the first quarter and 45 to 35 at halftime.

The Comets began the third quarter with five straight points to lead 50 to 35 before Lennox and Latta helped key a 13 to 4 run by the Dream to pull within six points (54-48) with 5:23 left in the third period.

Snow scored seven points during an 11 to 6 Comets' run to put the Comets ahead 65 to 54 with 3:06 remaining.

The Dream scored 10 straight points -- all on free throws -- to pull within one point; however, Ajavon scored a driving lay-up and dished a bounce pass to teammate Mistie Williams which Williams converted into an easy lay-up to give the Comets a 69 to 64 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Comets began the fourth quarter with a quick six to 2 burst to lead by nine points (75 to 66) and force a full time-out by the Dream.

"We had a little lapse there where we got tired," said Coach Karleen Thompson after the game. "But, we were able to bring in the second unit and give us more energy. Our bench players came in; and they were ready which enabled us to finish it out."

The Dream pulled within six points twice before Ajavon scored another lay-up to boost Houston's lead to 10 points (83 to 73) at the 2:46 mark of the fourth quarter.

Lennox answered Ajavon's lay-up with her final made field goal of the game; but, Atlanta would get no closer than six points the rest of the ball game.

The aggressive play of White and Ajavon definitely had a positive impact on the Comets in tonight's game.

"That's something her (Ajavon) and I talk about," said Erica White after the game. "Just trying to be aggressive. Trying to get in the point; trying to get to the free throw line. Then, defensively, we try to get deflections and bring energy."

The Comets dominated the Dream in the paint outscoring them 40 to 14.

"I think we're understanding the offense and what we're supposed to do," Snow added. "But, scoring is secondary for us. Defense first. No defense, you're coming out."

After a made three-point jump shot by Shannon Johnson gave the Comets a 15 to 14 lead late in the first quarter, the Comets led the Dream the final 32 minutes of the ball game.

"I thought our team came out and did what we had to do from the jump which was play for a full forty minutes once again," said Snow. "Then, when we subbed, our energy level stayed up. We attacked the other team. We didn't play on our heels. And, we won on the boards; so, when you attack the other team; play for forty minutes; and win on the boards, you're supposed to win the game."

Sixty-two (that's right, 62 -- 30 on the Comets) fouls were called in the game. With all of the whistles, the game had no flow whatsoever.
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Comets vs. Dream

Final -- Comets 88, Dream 79.

62 fouls (32 on the Dream, 30 on the Comets).

Betty Lennox led all scorers with 29 points. Betty also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Five Comets scored in double-figures -- Snow (18); Ajavon (12); Thompson (12); Johnson (11); and Erica White (10).

Snow finished the game with 13 rebounds.

The Dream shots 26 for 32 (81.3%) from the foul line and 23 for 54 (42.6%) from the field.

The Comets shot 27 for 39 (69.2%) from the free throw line and 29 for 68 (42.6%) from the field.

End of the Third Quarter, Comets lead 69 to 64.

Matee Ajavon ended a Dream run with a tough driving lay-up with 36.4 seconds remaining in the period to give the Comets a 67 to 64 lead. Then, Ajavon found Mistie Williams with a lay-up to cap off the scoring.

Atlanta's final 10 points of the period came from the foul line -- six from Ivory Latta and four from Betty Lennox.

Lennox (21) and Latta (19) have combined for 40 points.

Michelle Snow lead's the Comets with 18 points. Tina Thompson has 12 and Shannon Johnson has 10.

16 fouls were called in that quarter.

End of the Second Quarter, Comets lead 45 to 35 at halftime.
Hamchetou Maiga-Ba capped off the scoring with a fastbreak lay-up at the buzzer.

Tina Thompson lead all scorers with 12 points. Shannon Johnson's eight points leads siix other Comets who scored in the first half.

Betty Lennox led the Dream with 11 first half points.

The Dream turned the ball over 11 times which the Comets converted into 16 points.

The Comets shot 10 for 19 in the second quarter and 17 for 36 (47.2%) for the half.

30 fouls (16 on the Dream) were called in the first half.

7:13, left in the 2nd qtr. Time-out, Dream. Comets lead 28 to 17. Tina Thompson just drained a l-o-n-g three point shot to give the Comets the 11 point lead.

End of the First Quarter, Comets lead 22 to 16.
Shannon Johnson scored eight in the quarter.
Lennox scored five for the Dream.
The Comets shot 7 for 17 (41.2%) from the field and 6 for 7 from the foul line.
The Dream shot 5 for 16 (31.3%) from the field and 6 for 8 from the charity stripe.
Both teams picked up eight rebounds.

Izi checked in for the Dream at the 3:29 mark.

4:27 left in the first quarter, Comets lead 12 to 7.
Shannon Johnson has five points to lead all scorers. Betty Lennox has four for the Dream.

Atlanta is 3 for 7 from the field while the Comets are 4 for 12 from the field.

Lennox will shoot two free throws out of this time-out.

Here are the starting lineups:

Atlanta Dream -- by the way, Izi is here.
F - Kristen Mann
F - Tamera Young
C - Jen Lacy
G - Ivory Latta
G - Betty Lennox

Houston Comets
F - Hamchetou Maiga-Ba
F - Tina Thompson
C - Michelle Snow
G - Shannon Johnson
G - Mwadi Mabika

#38 Lamont Simpson
#21 Byron Jarrett
#15 Scott Twardowski
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Tina Thompson: "Our fans have been great"

Fans of the Houston Comets who've been to Reliant Arena this season to watch the Comets play have various opinions about the Arena.

Some fans don't like the lack of stats on the scoreboard. Some fans don't like the high prices for the concessions nor the, apparently, poor quality of those concessions that is attached with those high prices.

Other fans may have other complaints; but, there is one thing Comets fans may agree on: Reliant Arena is definitely loud -- especially compared to the Toyota Center.

The fans are "right on top of you" inside Reliant Arena.

Tina Thompson has noticed the difference between Reliant Arena and Toyota Center.

"Well, Reliant Arena is new (to the Comets)," Thompson stated. "It's definitely fan friendly. Because of the seating and the setting, we're kind of on top of each other. It's a little reminiscent of Compaq Center. It's very fan-friendly.

"There are no luxury seats. It doesn't separate one fan from the other. I like that the idea -- especially for the WNBA. It keeps us close and intimate.

"I do like it; but, our fans, as always, since year one in 1997, have been great. They'll always be great; and, I expect nothing less than that from them."

The Comets (2-7) will go for win number three tonight as they host the 0 and 9 Atlanta Dream.

Tip - off is set for 7:30 pm.
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Comets set to host Dream

The Atlanta Dream is a WNBA expansion team in 2008 and the team is currently winless at 0 and 9. The Houston Comets (2-7) hope to keep the Dream winless Monday night inside Reliant Arena.

Despite being winless, Comets' forward Tina Thompson and head coach Karleen Thompson expect the Dream to compete from the opening tip trying to pick up their first victory.

"I haven't seen them (the Dream) play," said Tina Thompson. "Other than the scouting report. I'm familiar with a few of their players. Betty Lennox of course. They have a young team. A very young team with a lot of young players.

"I'm very familiar with Stacie Lovelace because we've played together on USA Basketball as well as against one another in the WNBA.

"Ivory Latta. She's a highly decorated college player. Her WNBA career has gotten off to a slow start; but, she definitely has potential.

"I think their record doesn't do their team justice. They're very talented; but, it's still a matter of getting things together. They're an expansion team that's trying to find their way. The game won't be an easy one for us by any means. We're 2 and 7; so, it's not like we've had very many easy games or any at all. We're going to come in with the same focus as we've had in every game thus far."

Tina isn't concerned about her Comets teammates taking the Dream lightly.

"I don't think so. The unfamiliarity with each other that they have we also have. Even though we have veteran players on our team, this is the first time we've played together as a group. We have a large mix of young players as well. So, we kind of suffer from those same things at points during the game. I don't think we're ever going to take any team lightly."

The fact the Dream is winless does give some concern to Coach Karleen Thompson.

"The fact that their winless," said Coach Thompson. "We've been there. When you're 0 and whatever it is, you don't have anything to lose. You just work hard and that's what the Dream does. I know Marynell (Dream head coach Marynell Meadors). Fred Williams (Dream assistant coach) coached me; so, I know that they're continuing to push to keep their morale up. They're coming in here to get a win. This game is nothing we need to take lightly at all."

Tip is set for 7:30 pm.
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6/14: Comets Stop Storm

HOUSTON, TX -- The Houston Comets (2-7) picked up win number two of the 2008 WNBA season with a 68 to 60 victory over the Seattle Storm (7-5) in front of an announced Reliant Arena crowd of 7,023 fans.

Defense (or bad offense -- take your pick) was prevalent throughout the game. Neither team shot above 36% (Houston - 23 for 64, 35.9%; Seattle - 20 for 61, 32.8%) in the game from the field.

"I'm happy about the way we played the full forty minutes," said Comets head coach Karleen Thompson after the game. "We pretty much controlled what we can do on the court and not worry about what they (the Storm) can do. The bottom line was our defense. We did that for 40 minutes."

Tina Thompson led all scorers with 21 points. Thompson also added 10 rebounds.

Michelle Snow controlled the glass with a game-high 16 rebounds -- 12 in the first half.

"The shots weren't falling. You have to go to the boards and do something else for your team," said Snow after the game. "We needed somebody to get on the boards. Nobody was boxing me out; so it seemed like I could get the ball whenever I wanted."

Shannon Johnson added 14 points (4 for 7 from the field, 3 for 6 on threes) and four assists for the Comets.

"They (the Storm) just left me open," Johnson added in the post-game locker room. "They were doubling on Tina so much and trying to force her to give the ball up; so, we have to take the open shots when we're on the court. We just try to knock the shots down."

officiating was inconsistent, to say the least, through much of the game.

After getting a jump shot blocked by Storm forward Swin Cash, Thompson launched a put back attempt from behind the three point line that appeared to be after the shot clock buzzer had expired. The refs counted the basket which gave the Comets a 62 to 55 lead with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

In her first game as a visiting opponent, Storm guard / forward Sheryl Swoopes scored eight points (3 for 10); pulled down six rebounds; and dished three assists and picked up two steals in her return to Houston.

"You really can’t look at their record and think that they are not very good because they are honestly one of the better teams in the league," Swoopes commented. "And they have definitely played us harder than any other team in the league. We knew coming in that they were going to be ready, they were going to be aggressive; they were going to attack us. We still had opportunities in the end but we didn’t capitalize on them."

Comets appreciate Crowd Support

"The crowd. It's the crowd. The crowd gets you in it. Reliant Arena is an intimate place and that's what we love about this building. It definitely helps. The crowd was definitely the key to this win."

-- Karleen Thompson, Comets head coach.

"The fans have always come out and supported us and that's a lot of fun to play in front of them. We've finally got some games at home; so we have to try and finish them off (and get the wins.)"

-- Shannon "Pee Wee" Johnson, Comets point guard.

"The crowd helps -- especially in crunch time -- when Seattle was making their run. We need the extra help the extra energy. That helps! When you're tired, that extra energy helps. When you're tired at the end of games, the crowd helps you push through. We need that every night. I think we play great at home with our fans' help."

-- Michelle Snow, Comets center.
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Comets prep for Seattle

What a difference a day makes?!

Yesterday's practice by the Houston Comets was no where near as sharp as today's shootaround session.

"We had good practices all week. I think yesterday's practice was a little too lax," said Comets Head Coach / GM Karleen Thompson this morning. "Sometimes it gets like that when you have tough practices then you see 'it's not going to be that tough tomorrow'. I think the players came in yesterday a little too lax; but, we picked it up today at the shootaround."

"We re-focused and we're ready to play."

Earlier this season, the Comets (1-7) lost to to the Seattle Storm (7-4) in Seattle 64 to 63; so, tonight's game is a chance to pick up their second win of the 2008 WNBA season but also even the head-to-head match up with the Storm.

One very basic key the Comets need to establish tonight is playing well the entire ball game.

"We need to play as a unit for a full 40 minutes," added Coach Thompson. "Forty minutes of defense first and let the offense happen. We definitely have to look to try to stop Sue (Storm point guard Sue Bird) or Lauren (Storm power forward Lauren Jackson). We did a good job containing them in Seattle."

Comets center Michelle Snow added, "We haven't played play a full forty minutes; but, we've had a week off to work on some things: focus. Learning what we need to watch at the end of games and concentrate on at the end of the game. That's what we need to do tonight."

The Comets' team defense (allowing about 78 points per game) has been a disappointment thus far this season.

"At times, our defense is great -- but not for forty minutes," added Karleen. "We're still trying to work out the kinks. We just have to get everybody on the same page to the point where everyone is "on a string" and part of that goes with trust to be able to go out and help (on defense) and know that somebody has your back on the weak side. We're still working on that. We work on our defense every...single...day. We put an emphasis on defense. Hopefully, we can showcase it tonight."

Tonight's game will be just the third home game for the Comets thus far this season. The game also begins a three-game homestand for the Comets; so, starting the homestand with a victory is important.

"We've been on the road six out of our eight games. It's been tough; but, we've been in every game. So, I think just to be able sleep in their own beds and not have to get on a plane and not have delays and different things like that. Just to be able to focus and stay home and let our crowd help us."

Swoopes' Homecoming

Tonight's game will also be the first time All-World player Sheryl Swoopes returns to Houston -- as an opponent -- and faces the Houston Comets in front of the Houston Comets fans.

Coach Thompson expects tonight's crowd to welcome Swoopes with open arms.

"I think they're going to be extremely happy and excited to see her back in Houston," Thompson stated. "Of course, they would want to see her in a Comets' uniform. We all would. But, she's not. But, she's still Sheryl Swoopes; and, she still played in Houston and done so much for the Comets' organization and women's basketball. I'm sure and I know the fans are going to embrace her tonight; and, it's good that we see her, too."

Michelle Snow is looking forward to Swoopes' return as well; but, Snow still wants the Comets to win tonight's game.

"Honestly, Sheryl has done a lot for Houston. The city of Houston and the Comets. I'm a huge fan. I always have been (a Swoopes' fan). She's in another mind. I don't mind the fans giving her a standing ovation; but, once that first jump ball is tossed, she is no longer here. It's all about Houston getting a win and rebuilding this program."
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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Delle Donne News

June 11, 2008: "Nation's top recruit says break is deeper than basketball"
June 9, 2008: Former Huskies Sympathize with Delle Donne.

First, the Houston Comets lost tonight in Indianapolis to the Indiana Fever 84-75. The Comets (1-7) return home for a three game homestand which begins next Saturday, June 14, versus Sheryl Swoopes (remember her?) and the Seattle Storm.

Next, if you haven't heard of Elena Delle Donne (freshman, 6'5, wing player. Yes, wing player.) you will. She's the next "It" player in women's college basketball. I've had the chance to see Delle Donne play in person; and, Delle Donne's skill-set is spectacular! Delle Donne can literally "do it all"!

However, the high school "All-Everything" player is in the news today because she
left summer school at the University of Connecticut and returned home. If Elena returns to UConn, this story will simply be about a player being homesick; however, if Delle Donne decides to transfer to another school, this story will grow bigger and bigger.

More info can be read at the Hartford Courant's UConn women's basketball blog.
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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Toyota Center 1 of 12

The Houston Chronicle's Joseph Duarte is reporting Toyota Center (and the city of Houston) is one of 12 sites under consideration to host the NCAA Women's Championship (better known as the Women's Final Four) for 2012 through 2016.

Mark Berman of Fox 26 Sports reported similar news weeks ago; however, some people may have missed Scoop's report.

In the past I've written a few articles /
commentaries discussing my efforts and my desire for the city of Houston to host the NCAA Tournament's first two rounds; the Regional; and, ultimately, the Women's Final Four.

I've attended and covered the Women's Final Four -- in other cities -- since 2002; so, I truly, truly hope Houston receives a bid.
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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Comets Top SASS

HOUSTON, TX -- The Houston Comets picked up hard-fought 75 to 72 victory Tuesday night over the San Antonio Silver Stars inside Reliant Arena in front of an announced crowd of 7,059 fans.

Houston (1-5) picked up win number one with the victory while the Silver Stars (2-3) fall below .500 with the loss.

Tina Thompson led the Comets with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Rookie wing player Matee Ajavon added 15 points for the Comets while center Michelle Snow scored 12 points (perfect 6 for 6 from the field) and veteran guard Tamecka Dixon added 11 points.

San Antonio's Becky Hammon scored a game-high 20 points (6 for 10 shooting including 4 for 8 on threes). Hammon scored 13 points in the first half on 4 for 6 shooting. The Comets did a much better job defending her in the second half.

Sophia Young scored 15 points and Erin Buescher added 10.

The Comets led the Silver Stars 21 to 15 after the first quarter and 39 to 35 at the half. San Antonio kept the game close in the opening 20 minutes thanks to hot shooting from the three-point range. San Antonio connected on 6 of 13 three-point attempts while making just six of 20 from two-point range.

Michelle Snow started the game on fire with 10 points in the first quarter.

San Antonio outscored the Comets 22 to 17 in the third period to take a 57 to 56 lead into the fourth quarter.

Dixon put the Comets ahead with a pull-up jump shot at the 9:35 mark of the fourth quarter as the lead changed hands six more times over the next four minutes.

Ajavon ended the see-saw affair with a putback lay-up to give the Comets a three-point lead (66 to 63) with 4:31 remaining in the game. Three minutes later, Ajavon's hustle kept a loose ball alive and resulted in a lay-up by Shannon Johnson to give the Comets a six point lead (70 to 64) with 1:10 left in the ball game.

"We know that basketball is a game of runs," said Comets head coach Karleen Thompson after the game. "We had a couple of lapses; but, we were able to re-focus. I think that was the key. We controlled the boards (the Comets out rebounded the Silver Stars 42 to 28) and we got the ball inside."

Mistie Williams scored five points and pulled down five rebounds in 16 plus mintues of action for the Comets off the bench.

"Tonight's game, we finally got over that hump," Williams added. "We've been doing every thing right; but, not for long enough. There hasn't been a game where we've been blow out. Tonight, we finally put the pieces of the puzzle together and finally played for 40 minutes and we ended up winning."
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Comets Host SASS Tonight

The Houston Comets (0-5) are getting set to host the San Antonio Silver Stars (2-2) tonight at Reliant Arena.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm.

Both teams are warming up; and, the fans are trickling in right now.

Here are the starting line ups for tonight's game:

San Antonio Silver Stars
F - Vickie Johnson
F - Sophia Young
C - Ann Wauters
G - Becky Hammon
G - Helen Darling

Houston Comets
F - Hamchetou Maiga-Ba
F - Tina Thompson
C - Michelle Snow
G - Tamecka Dixon
G - Shannon Johnson

Roy Gulbeyan; Bonita Spence; and Felicia Grinter.
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