SMU senior Christine Elliott was named for the Conference USA Women’s Basektball Preseason Team by the league’s coaches. Elliott was one of eight players named to the game and one of three Texas players in the game. Wichita native Elliott led her team and was fourth in Conference USA in 2010-11 with a 53.7 shooting percentage, making 123 of 229 shots. She was the first on her team with 7.3 rebounds per game and had three double-doubles.
Rice’s Jessica Kuster was the only non-senior named for the pre-season team. She wow’ed with the Rice Owls last season and became the third freshman in league history to capture All-C-USA first-team honors a year ago. Kuster is 6’2″ from San Antonio and was the only player to average a doube-double in league play, with 15.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game.
Houston native Porsche Landry is also a team member. Landry was First Team All-Conference USA for 2010-11 and Two-time Conference USA Player of the Week at the University of Houston. Landry became the 21st member of Houston’s 1000 point clube during the 2010-11 season and one of only four Cougars all-time with 1,000 points and 300 assists.
The Elma Roane Fieldhouse and the FedExForum will serve as the site of the 2012 C-USA Basketball Championship March 7-10 in Memphis, Tenn.
Fourteen games of the conference will be aired on television. CBS Sports Network will air six C-USA games on March 10-11, 2012, from FedExForum in Memphis. Fox Sports Network will air eight games beginning with Memphis at UTEP on Sunday, Jan 8 and ending with UCF at Houston on Sunday February 26, 2012.
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, will begin the league’s 16th season. C-USA membership in 2011-12 includes the East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UCF and UTEP. For the 2011-12 C-USA Women’s Basektball television lineup, see “C-USA Announces Women’s Basektball TV Schedule.”
2011-12 C-USA Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Memphis (7)
2. Rice (3)
3. UCF (1)
t4. Tulane (1)
9. Southern Miss
10. East Carolina
2011-12 C-USA Women’s Basketball Preseason Team
Porsche Landry -Houston/5-5/Sr./G/Houston, Texas/Madison HS
Brittany Carter -Memphis /5-9/Sr./G/Covington, Ga./Newton Country HS/Georgia
Jasmine Lee -Memphis/6-2/RS Sr./P/Bessemer, Ala./Jess Lanier HS/Georgia
Jessica Kuster -Rice/6-2/So./F/San Antonio, Texas/Reagan HS
Christine Elliott -SMU/6-2/Sr./P/Wichita, Kan./South HS
Rachel Vigers – Southern Miss/5-9/Sr./F/Baton Rouge, La./Copiah-Lincoln CC
Aisha Patrick -UCF/5-9/Sr./G/Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge HS
Gloria Brown -UTEP/6-2/Sr./F/Philadelphia, Pa./Trinity Valley CC
2011-12 C-USA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Brittany Carter Memphis