HOUSTON – For the third round of the WNIT, the Houston women’s basketball team will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to take on Alabama on Thursday.
Houston (18-15, 7-9) at Alabama (19-13, 6-10)
Thursday, March 24
Tipoff: 6 p.m. CT
Radio: The Varsity Network
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON TIDE. Alabama is coming off a win against American Conference foe Tulane on Monday night. The Crimson Tide is 19-13 this season, including 6-10 in the Southeastern Conference and 5-5 in road games. During its last eight games, the Tide boasted a pair of Associated Press Top 25 wins. Alabama is coming off a 2-1 record at the 2022 SEC Tournament, becoming one of just three teams to win at least two games at the event, joining the company of SEC Regular Season Champions South Carolina and SEC Tournament Champions Kentucky.
WNIT. This is the fourth out of last five year the Cougars have earned a bid to the WNIT and the first time Houston has advanced to the third round. Last season, the Cougars fell in the first round against San Francisco before beating Arizona State in the consolation final. With wins against LA Tech and Tennessee Tech Houston head coach Ronald Hughey holds a 3-3 record in the WNIT.
MIXING IT UP. Despite only losing one starter from last season, the Cougars have recorded 11 different starting lineups throughout the season. Faced with injury, Houston has had to rely heavily on its depth. Britney Onyeje has started all but two games this season after missing the games at Memphis and Louisiana Tech.
100 WINS. Head coach Ronald Hughey tallied his 100th career win in Houston’s 67-55 victory over East Carolina on Feb. 16 in the Fertitta Center. The win comes in Hughey’s eighth season with the Cougars.
THREE TIMES 20+. Laila Blair recorded her third-straight game with 20+ points in the Cougars loss to South Florida. All three of the games came in the American Conference Tournament where she scored 22, 23 and 25 points. Blair has now recorded eight games this season with 20+ points, scoring a career-high 28 points against then No. 6 Baylor. Following the conclusion of the Conference Championship Blair was named to the All-Tournament Team.
AMERICAN TOURNAMENT. For the second straight year, the Cougars advanced to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. The Cougars, who finished sixth in the final standings, defeated the No. 12 seeded Cincinnati in the first round followed by a win against the No. 3-seed Tulane before losing to No. 2-seed USF.
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