Accolades continue to pile up for Cougars

First, it was Brittney Scott who was able to celebrate her first career Conference USA Player of the Week Award on Monday.

Less than an hour later it was announced UH was due for a flurry of additional awards.

Courtney Taylor won her second straight C-USA Player of the Year Award, along with earning her first C-USA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

To cap it off, first-year head coach Todd Buchanan was named the C-USA Coach of the Year.

Scott was the Cougars’ leading scorer in the Cougars 90-84 win against Tulane Saturday, with 28 points. She also added four assists.

It is the ninth instance this season that a UH player won the weekly award.

Scott leads C-USA in scoring with an average of 16.3 points per game.

She is second in the conference in three point percentage, connecting on 40 percent of her shots from deep.

Taylor averaged a double-double on the season, with 15.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest. She averaged 8.5 defensive rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 2.2 steals per game.

The last time a UH coach won C-USA Coach of the Year was when previous head coach Joe Curl was awarded the honor in 2004.

The Cougars (25-4, 16-0 Conference USA) jumped up two spots in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll to No. 22 from No. 24.

The team will leave today for the 2011 Buick Conference USA Basketball Championships in El Paso. The Cougars are the No. 1 seed in the tournament and will be awaiting the result of Wednesday’s matchup between No. 8 SMU and No. 9 UTEP.

The Mustangs (14-15, 7-9 C-USA) and the Miners (15-13, 7-9) will tip off at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Don Haskins Center.

The Cougars will play the winner Thursday. In its last game, SMU beat UTEP 70-64 on Feb. 27.

Golf opens up play in Louisiana

The Cougars began their first day at the Louisiana Classics Tournament in Lafayette, La., Monday.

Individually, freshman Jesse Droemer is tied for seventh place out of more than 80 golfers.

He shot a 70 in the first round and 72 in the second. He has a total of 142 points.

As a team, the Cougars are in 10th place out of 16 teams, with a total score of 591 points.

“I am anxious to see our team this month and to see how we react,” head coach Jonathan Dismuke said in a release. “We are a tight-knit bunch, and we travel well. It will be fun for a lot of the guys to get on the road. In the past, I may have been worried about chemistry, but this group has great chemistry.”

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