Today’s Houston Sports Notebook

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: March 18, 2009

SportsHOUSTON — A brief look at some of the most recent news and notes involving area and national sports figures.

– The Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers will face the Oklahoma Sooners in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Panthers, who were tabbed as the 16th seed in the region are coming off of their second SWAC Tournament Championship title in school history.

Prairie View, 23-10, is currently riding a 19-game winning streak and they have won 21 of its past 23 contests. This will be their second trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history and the third consecutive trip to the postseason after winning the SWAC’s automatic bid this past weekend. The game will be played on Sunday.

– The Rice Owls recently released their 2009 Owls Football Schedule. For the third time in the last four years, the Owls season opener will be against a Conference USA opponent. Rice will open the season on the road on September 5th against the UAB Blazers.

Rice will play their first three games on the road including stops at Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. The Owls will then have a three-game home stand starting September 26th when they take on Vanderbilt, Tulsa, and Navy at Rice Stadium. Other home games include Central Florida, Tulane, and UTEP.

– The Houston Cougars also released their 2009 football schedule and it should be pretty exciting as Big 12 power Texas Tech makes their first-ever visit to Robertson Stadium. The game against the Red Raiders will be shown live on ESPN. Houston starts the season on the road on September 5th against Northwestern State. Other home games include SMU, Southern Miss, Memphis, and Rice.

– Congratulations to first year Texas Southern women’s head coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton on exceeding all expectations for the Lady Tigers this year. Her team ended the season winning four of their last five games. They had 10 wins overall, which was a feat that hadn’t been achieved since 2003.

Texas Southern earned a spot in the 2009 SWAC Championship tournament out right. They faced the Southern Jaguars in the first round and fell to them 57-49. The Lady Tigers finished the season 8-10 in conference and 10-20 overall.

– The TSU men’s basketball team thrived on “Building Something Special”. First year head coach Tony Harvey took his team to the SWAC 2009 Championship Tournament in his first year at the helm. The Tigers ended the season winning four of their last five games. TSU entered the SWAC tournament as the No. 7 seed and as one of the hottest teams heading to Birmingham.

– University of Houston junior guards Aubrey Coleman and Kelvin Lewis were named to the Conference USA All-Conference teams. They were also named to the C-USA All-Defensive Team.

– The United States Basketball Writers Association released its 2008-2009 Men’s All District Teams. In District VII, which features players from teams in the states of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana the following awards were given: Coach of the Year-Trent Johnson-LSU, and members of the All-District Team include: A.J. Abrams-Texas, Josh Carter-Texas A&M, Aubrey Coleman-Houston, Stefon Jackson-UTEP, Damion James-Texas, Curtis Jerrells-Baylor,Tasmin Mitchell-LSU, John Roberson-Texas Tech, Marcus Thornton-LSU and Michael Washington-Arkansas.

– The Texas Longhorns will host their annual Spring Game on Sunday, April 5th at 2:30 p.m. at Royal-Memorial Stadium. The event is free to the public.

– The Houston Rockets have announced plans to conduct a portion of their 2009-2010 training camp in the Rio Grande Valley. The agreement calls for the Rockets to practice at the McAllen Convention Center on October 4-5 prior to hosting an exhibition game against the 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics on October 7th at Dodge Arena in McAllen, Texas.

Houston Comets forward Tina Thompson has signed a one-year deal to play with theLos Angeles Sparks of the >WNBA this season. Thompson will have an opportunity to play in front of family and friends in her hometown.