Sunday, April 24, 2016

HBU Track and Field Adds Eight More for 2017

One of the signees, Samara Hodges, is third in the nation and tied for the state lead in the high jump

From HBU Department of Athletic Media Relations Press Release

HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 24, 2016)  HBU head track and field coach Theresa Fuqua and her staff have announced eight more student-athletes, including one in the top three in the nation in the high jump, to National Letters of Intent to compete for the Huskies in 2017.

Samara Hodges comes from Mayde Creek High School in Katy, Texas. She is currently tied in the state lead in the high jump with a leap of 5’10”. Hodges’ mark also has her tied for third in the United States amongst high school girls. This season she has won seven of her eight high jump competitions.

Tatyana Jones is a hurdler from Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. She was the 2015 Idaho state champion in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.71.

Brandy Thomas competes in sprints at Lamar High School in Houston. Thomas’ specialty will be the 400 meters. She has a PR of 57.20 and is the 2016 District 20-6A Champion.

Sarah Tabor is a distance runner from Needville High School who will specialize in cross country and the longer distances on the track. Tabor finished fourth at the 2014 4A UIL State Cross Country Championships.

Imani Jacquet is a thrower from Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown, Texas. She is the 2016 District 22-5A Champion in the Shot Put and Discus. Jacquet has a shot put PR of 39-6.5 and is currently ranked 16 in Texas in the 5A division.

Chantel Ward is another thrower from West Columbia High School. She will specialize in all throwing events and is currently ranked eighth in the state of Texas in the 4A division.

Fuqua and her staff have signed two men who will specialize in jumps in Dominic Swoopes and Shemar Smith.

Dominic Swoopes will compete in hurdles and jumps and comes from Kingwood High School. He has PRs of 14.87 in the 110 Hurdles, 38.29 in the 300 Hurdles and 22-0.5 in the Long Jump. Dominic was the lead leg for Kingwood at the 2015 State Championships that won with a time of 3:12.44.

Shemar Smith competes in sprints and jumps at Whitehouse High School. He has PRs of 10.44 in the 100, 21.84 in the 200 and 22-5 in the Long Jump. Smith is the 2016 District 16-5A Champion in the 100 meters and his 10.44 mark puts him as the Texas leader in the 5A division.

2017 signees
Faith Crayton – distance – Tomball, Texas (Klein Oak)
Miracle Crayton – distance – Tomball, Texas (Klein Oak)
Ashlyn Dobson – hurdles – Baytown, Texas (Barbers Hill)
Samara Hodges – jumps – Katy, Texas (Mayde Creek)
Imani Jacquet – throws – Baytown, Texas (Goose Creek Memorial)
Tatyana Jones – hurdles – Boise, Idaho (Centennial)
Shemar Smith – sprints/jumps – Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse)
Dominic Swoopes – hurdles/jumps – Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood)
Sarah Tabor – distance – Needville, Texas (Needville)
Brandy Thomas – sprints – Houston, Texas (Lamar)
Chantel Ward – throws – West Columbia, Texas (West Columbia)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Houston and Seattle battle to draw in MLS action at BBVA Compass Stadium

Alex Monteiro De Lima (14) goes up for a header versus Seattle.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 10, 2016) The Houston Dynamo scored with 10 minutes remaining in the first half and held on until added time in the second half when the Seattle Sounders scored the equalizer to tie the score a 1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, April 10, 2016. With the draw, the Dynamo moved to 1-2-2 for the season, while Seattle posts a 1-3-1 record. The draw was the second of the season at home for Houston and raised their season point to four.

The Dynamo goal, which came in the 35th minute, was scored by forward Giles Barnes and was the second of the season for the Houston captain. The assist was credited to defender Jaili Anibaba, his first for 2016. The draw was the fourth all-time for the Dynamo against the Sounders, with Houston remaining unbeaten against Seattle in Houston. They have three home wins against Seattle in six meetings, with three games ending in a draw. In their last matchup, they battled to a 1-1 draw on October 18, 2015 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The draw was also the second for Houston head coach Owen Coyle against Seattle, who now posts a 0-1-2 record against the Sounders.

In the final seconds of the four-minute added time, Seattle forward Oalex Anderson sent a pass from the far post to defender Chad Marshall, who tapped it past Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis for the draw. The goal was Marshall’s first of the season and Anderson’s assist was his first of 2016.

Next up for the Houston Dynamo will be a rare Friday evening game, on April 15 against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CDT in Houston, The Sounders will host Philadelphia in their next match, on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Houston uses Casey's three-run homer to shutout George Washington

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 24, 2016) The No. 16 Houston Cougars used seven hits and a three-run home run by Clay Casey to shut out the visiting George Washington Colonials by the score of 5-0 at Darryl and Lori Schroeder Park on the campus of the University of Houston on Thursday, March 24, 2016. The win raised the Cougars’ home record to 11-3 and their season record to 14-7.

Houston first got on the scoreboard on a RBI single by catcher Conner Wong, sending centerfield Corey Julks home from third base. Julks connected for a single as the leadoff batter in the inning and promptly stole second base. He reached third base when an unassisted out at first base on designated hitter Grayson Padgett allowed him to advance. They added three more runs in the third inning when Casey swung on a 1-1 pitch from Bobby LeWarne, sending the ball over the right-center field for his fifth home run of the season. The three-RBI homer also scored Josh Vidales and Julks, who were on second and first, respectively.

Third baseman Justin Montemayor added to the Cougar scoring assault when he singled to right field on a 2-2 pitch to score Wong from second base for Houston’s fifth run of the game. It was his sixteenth RBI of the season. At that point, Colonial head coach Gregg Ritchie decided Jordan Sheinkop had had enough and sent relief pitcher Randy Dalrymple to the mount. Sheinkop lasted one-third of an inning in relief. Right-hander starter Mitch Ullom, throwing eight complete innings, received the win, his third of the season, while LeWarne received the loss, his second of the season. Both teams will continue the Easter weekend series with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Friday, March 25, 2016.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Houston falls to Rice 7-4 in first game of Silver Glove Series

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 22, 2016) The No. 16 Houston Cougars and the Rice Owls took to the grass inside Darryl and Lori Schroeder Field on the campus of the University of Houston on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 for the first game of their annual Silver Glove Series. After playing an intense nine innings, Houston dropped a 7-4 decision to the Owls.

Rice jumped out to an early two-run lead in the first inning and extended their lead to 4-0 after the second inning. The Cougars responded in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs to cut the Owls’ lead back to two. Rice tallied their fifth run in the fifth inning, with Houston responding the keep the Owls’ two run advantage intact heading into the final four innings of the game. Houston, after a momentous seventh innings which saw their bats explode for four hits and one run. With one out in the ninth inning, Rice capitalized on two Houston errors to add two additional runs to their total to close out the scoring.

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The second game of the Silver Glove series will a May 10 matchup at Reckling Park on the Rice University campus. The third meeting between these two cross-town rivals, and the possible rubber game of the series, will take place at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas on May 17. Both games have a scheduled 6:30 p.m. first-pitch.

Next up for the Cougars is a three-game home series against the George Washington Colonialsbeginning on Thursday, March 23 with a 6:30 p.m. start. They will continue the series on Friday, March 24 with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch and finish it up on Saturday, March 25 with a 1 p.m. start. George Washington brings an 8-13 record into the weekend series, while the Cougars post a 13-7 mark.

Rice will host Conference USA opponent Old Dominion on Friday, March 25; followed by a 2 p.m. matchup on Saturday, March 26. They will close out their three-game series with a noon meeting on Sunday, March 27.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Grand Canyon Lopes fall to bats of Houston Cougars 5-0

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 19, 2016) The No. 19 Houston Cougars took the first game of a Saturday, March 19, 2016 doubleheader over the Grand Canyon Lopes by the score of 5-0 at Darryl and Lori Schroeder Park in Houston, Texas. The game was moved to Saturday due to excessive rain and hail in the Houston area on Friday evening, March 18.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Houston’s Conner Hollis scampered home on a passed ball by Lopes’ starting pitcher Jorge Perez. The second baseman scored from third base after reaching base on a triple down the right field line, as the second batter of the inning. The Cougars then unleashed the bats in the seventh inning, scoring four runs off four hits and one Grand Canyon error for the win.

Starter Andrew Lantrip when the distance for the Cougars, giving up two hits while striking out seven. With the win, the right hander raised his season record to 3-2 with a 1.53 ERA. Perez was crediting with the loss, his fourth of the season. The Cougars take a 11-6 mark into the second game of the double header, with left hander Seth Romero scheduled to take the mount for Houston. The sophomore from West Columbia, Texas posts a 1.29 ERA coming into the 6:30 p.m. game with a 2-0 record for 2016.

Grand Canyon will counter with left hander Ethan Evanko, who is 2-1 for the season with a 5.19 ERA. Both teams will close out the weekend series with a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday, March 20, 2016. Left handed pitcher Jake Rapavich is scheduled for the start for the Lopes, while Houston head coach Todd Whitting is yet to declare his starter.

HBU beach volleyball comes up short against No. 2 Florida State

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS (March 19, 2016) The Houston Baptist University beach volleyball team dropped their first match of the 2016 season with a 5-0 loss to the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles in the Fight at the Fort tournament at the TCU Beach Volleyball Courts in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, March 19, 2016. In the best three-out-of-five match, the Huskies dropped all five sets in two games.

Both duos of Guinevere Meyer and Haley Durham and Hailey Erickson and Laura Fox dropped their sets by identical scores of 21-13, 21-14 to their Florida State opponents. Meyer and Durham fell to Eva Torruella and Brooke Kuhlman while Erickson and Fox lost to Katherine Plessy and Ali Eager.

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The HBU pair of Madison O’Brien and Bailey Banks dropped a 21-11, 21-12 decision to the Seminoles’ Tori Paranagua and Nona Pelletier. Fellow Huskies Ashlee Vann and Melissa Fuchs came up short in their set by the same score against Nikki Esposito and Haley Luke. In the fifth match, Jessica Wooten and Aeriel Horton lost 21-4, 21-8 to Jace Pardon and Julie Brown.

Florida State finished the 2015 season with a 13-6 record and a tie for seventh finish at the AVCA Sand Volleyball National Championships. 2016 is their fifth year of competition. They will next face the TCU Horned Frogs in the second round of the tournament. Next up for the Huskies is a Saturday afternoon matchup against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Islanders dropped a 5-0 decision to host TCU to go to 0-3 for the season. With the win, the Horned Frogs raised their season record to 5-2.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

HBU takes inaugural beach volleyball match 3-2 over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 17, 2016) The Houston Baptist University Huskies kicked off their NCAA beach volleyball season with a 3-2 win over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at Third Coast Volleyball Club in Houston, Texas on Thursday, March 17, 2016. The Huskies took all three matches in straight sets, with one of their losses going to a deciding third set in the first meeting of the season kickoff double header.

The duo of Haley Durham and Guinevere Meyer took the first sets by the scores of 21-19 and 21-6 over the Islanders’ Mallory Moran and Kirstee McGarva. The Islanders pair kept it close in the first set, with the Husky duo totally dominating the second game for the victory.

The Huskies took two additional set for the overall win. The pair of Ashley Van and Melissa Fuchs downed Corpus Christi’s Morgan Williams and Madeleine Doud in straight games; 21-14, 21-14. Their third win was a 21-8, 21-9 decision by Jessica Wooten and Aeriel Horton over Brianna Brink and Kate Klepetka. The Islanders’ Maddie Woods and Madison Green took a 21-10, 21-19 decision over HBU’s Hailey Erickson and Laura Fox for one of their wins. In the only three-game set of the day, the Corpus Christi’s Kristyn Nicholson and Morgan Carlson downed the HBU pair of Madison O’Brien and Bailey Banks 21-17, 21-23, 19-17.

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The Huskies and the Islanders will face off later in the day in the nightcap of the double-header. After the Houston matchup between the two first-year teams, they will both head to Fort Worth to compete in the Fight at the Fort tournament on March 19-20, 2016. The tournament is hosted by TCU and will include No. 2 Florida State.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dotson, Artis file lawsuit against University of Oregon

Daymean Dotson is asking for $10 million in damages
from the University of Oregon.
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 15, 2016) It has been reported by ESPN and The Oregonian on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 that University of Houston junior guard Damyean Dotson, along with fellow University of Oregon player Dominic Artis, have filed a lawsuit against the University of Oregon for their dismissal from the university following a sexual assault investigation. The dismissal came in May, 2014 after accusation of the rape of a fellow student at a campus party. Neither player was charged in the matter. The suit is asking for $10 million for both Dotson and Artis. The suit was filed four months after former teammate Brandon Austin initiated his own legal action against the university in the dismissal, asking for $7.5 million in damages.

Subsequent to the dismissal from the University of Oregon, Dotson transferred to the University of Houston, after attending Houston Community College from 2014 to 2015. He started in 31 games for the Cougars in 205-2016, averaging 13.9 points per game while shooting 50.5% from the field. He connected for 62 three-pointers, shooting 36.9% from beyond the arc. In addition, he averaged 6.81 rebounds for the season along with 39 assists six blocked shots and 20 steals.

The Houston native played his high school ball at Jack Yates (Houston) High School, where he was named the 2012 Greater Houston Player of the Year and was selected Class 4A All-District, All-Region, and All-State honors his senior year. As a freshman at Oregon, Dotson was named to the Kyle Macy Freshman All-American Team in 2013 along with being named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team and the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team. The American Athletic Conference honored Dotson with an All-Conference Honorable Mention selection.

Dotson will lead the Houston Cougars in the National Invitational Tournament with a first-round game against Georgia Tech on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 with an 8 p.m. CST tipoff at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Georgia.

HBU Huskies men's basketball extend season; will play in CBI Tournament

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 15, 2016) In the press conference after their loss to the SFA Lumberjacks in the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, Houston Baptist University head basketball coach Ron Cottrell was asked how he could use their semi-final appearance to build for next season. He stated their hope was the season was not over. On Sunday, March 13, 2016, their wish was answered when they were invited to compete in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) tournament.

The Huskies are one of 16 teams selected to play in the single-elimination tournament and will face the University of North Carolina-Greensboro on Wednesday, March 16. The game will be played at Greensboro Coliseum with a 7 p.m. EDT tipoff. The Spartans bring a 14-18 record into game after winning five of their last six games. The Huskies posted a 16-15 record in 2016, including a 10-8 record in Southland Conference play.

This will be their first appearance in the post-season since HBU returned to NCAA Division I in 2007. The Huskies have previous made 11 appearances in the post-season in program history under Cottrell, including 10 consecutive NAIA tournament appearance. HBU will be led by senior Anthony Odunsi, who was named first team All-Southland Conference. The Sugar Land, Texas native played in 32 games for the Huskies, averaging 17.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. Sophomore Josh Ibarra lead the conference in field goal percentage, connecting on 63.1% of his attempts while senior Jourdan Stickler held the top mark for three-point percentage with 45.9%. For his play. Ibarra was honored with an honorable mention All-Conference selection.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Houston late comeback falls short in 4-2 loss to Baylor

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 4, 2016) Catcher Conner Wong connected for his second home run of the season in the bottom of the ninth inning, but it was not enough to silence the bats of the Baylor Bears as the No. 21 Houston Cougars dropped a 4-2 decision at Darryl and Lori Schroeder Park in Houston, Texas on Friday, March 4, 2016. It was the fifth straight loss of the season for the Cougars.

Baylor scored first when right fielder Richard Cunningham advanced home on a wild pitch by Houston starter Andrew Lantrip. The right hander hurled the ball past Wong allowing Cunningham to score after leading off the fourth inning with a triple to deep right field.

The Bears added their second run when catcher Matt Menard homered to deep left field on a 3-2 pitch by Lantrip to double their score. They added an insurance run in the eighth inning after the Cougars committed back-to-back errors, allowing two runs to get on base after walking leadoff batter Steven McLean. The third baseman scored from third on a sacrifice fly to right field by left fielder Darryn Sheppard.

In the ninth inning, the Bears again took advantage of a Houston wild pitch when shortstop Josh Bissonette score from third when relief pitcher Tanner Lawson lost control of the ball. Wong’s home run also scored Robert Grilli, who was pinch running for shortstop Jose Reyes after he reached first base by being hit by a pitch.

The Cougars will take to field to face the Bears in game two of the three-game of the weekend series at 6:45 p.m. CST on Saturday, March 5, 2016. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Russ, HBU Baseball Hold Down UTRGV, 6-2

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Junior RHP Addison Russ has dominating outing for Huskies.

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EDINBURG, TEXAS (February 28, 2016) HBU junior righthander Addison Russ took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and the Huskies’ bats came alive in a 6-2 victory over UT Rio Grande Valley in the Al Ogletree Classic Saturday night at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.

Russ (2-0) allowed two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and a walk in seven innings. He had held UTRGV hitless through seven, until allowing four-straight singles to lead off the eighth. Senior righthander Matt Harding earned the first save of career, throwing a perfect final two innings.

Junior centerfielder Joe Van Marter went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run, while senior second baseman Greg Espinosa went 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs for the Huskies (4-3). Junior rightfielder Brandon Brintz went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and senior first baseman Andrew Alvarez went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games and his reaching safely streak to 17. Senior shortstop Louie Payetta also went 2-for-4.

Edgar Cordon, Isaac Gonzalez, Manny Loredo and Caden Rosholt had the four singles for UTRGV (2-5).

Ryan Jackson (0-2) took the loss for the Vaqueros, allowing six runs, three earned, on nine hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 4.2 innings. Zach Martinez, Luis Larrinaga and George Lamb combined for 4.1 shutout innings in relief.

Espinosa led off the game by slapping a double down the rightfield line, then Payetta and Brintz followed with singles to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

With two outs in the fourth, senior third baseman Justin Monsour beat on an infield single, Van Marter reached on an error, then Espinosa blooped an RBI double to shallow left. Payetta walked to load the bases, then Brintz ripped a two-run single to right to extend HBU’s lead to 4-0.

Junior catcher Blake Thomas walked to lead off the fifth, then junior designated hitter Christian Thames blasted a double to left. Monsour brought another run home with a sacrifice fly, then Van Marter’s RBI single to left made the score 6-0.

Cordon pinch hit to lead off the eighth for UTRGV and singled to right to break up Russ’s no-hit bid. Gonzalez also pinch hit and bounced a single through the right side. Loredo singled to load the bases, then Rosholt’s RBI single fell just out of the reach of a diving Van Marter to cut the lead to 6-1. Harding came in and got Joseph Callazo to ground into a double play, which plated another run, but Austin Douglas stuck out looking to end the threat.

Harding then set down the Vaqueros in order in the ninth to preserve the win.

HBU wraps up the Al Ogletree Classic against Washington State Sunday at noon. The Legacy Sports Network broadcast with Russ Reneau can be heard at 11:45 a.m., beginning with the pregame show, on Fans can also watch the game via Periscope on the official HBU Athletics Twitter page, @HBUHuskies. The link for the Periscope broadcast will also be available on the “live video” link for the game on

Monday, February 22, 2016

HBU Huskies fall to Incarnate Word 97-91

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (February 22, 2016) The Houston Baptist University Huskies made an attempt at a comeback late in the second half, but fell short has they dropped a 97-91 decision to the Incarnate Word University Cardinals at Sharp Gymnasium in Houston on Monday, February 22, 2016. The loss dropped the Huskies to 10-5 in the Southland Conference and 16-12 for the season. The Cardinals raised their conference record to 9-5 and 14-11 for the season.

The Huskies and the Cardinals battled back and forth the entire first quarter, with neither team able to gain an advantage of any significance until the final five minutes of the first half. Incarnate Word when on a 20-13 to take a 51-43 lead into the locker room at halftime. Starting forward Colter Lashertallied 13 of the HBU’s first half points with Cody Stetler adding 10. The Cardinals had three players scoring in double figures in the first half.

In the second half, HBU was able to outscore the Cardinals 48-46, but it was not enough to overcome the Cardinals’ first half effort. The Huskies had four played score in double figures for the came, with Lasher finishing the contest with 24 points. Anthony Odunsi paced HBU with 25 points, with Stetler adding three points in the second half to go with his ten points from the first half. Caleb Crayton came off the bench to add 10 to the effort. The Cardinals had five players in double figures with Derail Green leading the way with 23 points. They shot 62.5% from the field and 50% from three-point range, which was a season high for HBU opponents.

Next up for HBU is a February 27 matchup against the SFA Lumberjacks. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST in Nacogdoches.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

USA downs Canada 2-0 to take CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship

Both teams advance to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (Sunday, February 21, 2016) The United States capped their fourth consecutive CONCACAFWomen’s Olympic Qualifying Championship at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas with a 2-0 win over Canada in the final match of the tournament. Both the United States and Canada will advance to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July-August, 2016.

The game started out with both teams trying to find the weakness in each other’s defense. It was a battle, moving from one end of the pitch to the other with neither team able to get an advantage. The game continued as a defensive battle without either team finding the goal in the first half.  The only event in the first half was Canada’s Josee Belanger receiving a yellow card. The starting defender, who plays professionally for the Orlando Pride was cited for aggressive play.

The USA finally found a way round the stubborn Canadian defense in the 53rd minute. Midfielder Lindsay Horan beat goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe to the ball and sent it out to defender Becky Sauerbrunn. She immediately sent the ball back to Horan, who headed the ball pass Labbe for the score. They added an insurance goal in the 61st minute when starting midfielder Tobin Heath connected from 25 yards out on the right side.

Both teams will advance to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The two teams met twice previously in the finals of the Olympic qualifying tournament. In 2008, the United States came out on top, as a result of penalty kicks. With no score after regulation, they played two overtime periods with Carli Lloyd scoring for the USA in the 108th minute and Melissa Tancredi scoring the equalizer in the 116th minute. The game went to penalty kicks after 120 minutes of play with the USA coming out on top 6-5. In 2012, the USA shocked Canada 4-0 with Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach each scoring two goals in the win.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

HBU Huskies fall to SFA Ladyjacks 64-50 in Southland Conference basketball action

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (February 6, 2016) Leading by one point with the final period to play, the Houston Baptist University Huskies were unable to contain the fourth period scoring of Stephen F. Austin and fell to the Ladyjacks by the score of 64-50 at Sharp Gymnasium in Houston on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The Huskies fell to 5-6 in Southland Conference action while SFA climbed to 5-5. The Ladyjacks held a 16-14 advantage after 10 minutes of play and took a 30-29 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Huskies outscore SFA in the third period 14-12, but the fourth period was the deciding factor. The Ladyjacks outscored HBU 22-7 in the final period to secure the win.

HBU starting forward Monet Neal connected for 18 points, while Heidi Sihvola added 13 from the bench. Starting forward Anna Strickland pulled down 11 rebounds and tallied four assists. For SFA, starting guard Taylyor Ross hit for 25 points with Chanell Hayes adding 12. Kennedy Harris added 10 rebounds to her season total.

The Huskies have seven games remaining in the 2015-16 season with their next matchup occurring on Wednesday, February 10 with a 7 p.m. CST contest against the Lamar Cardinals. They will then hit the road for two games before returning to Sharp Gymnasium to face Abilene Christian on February 24. They will hit the road to again face the Ladyjacks on February 27. Their final two home games will be against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on March 3 and Incarnate Word on March 5. The Southland Conference Tournament will be held on March 9-13 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Concerts, parades highlight first weekend of Mardi Gras Galveston 2016

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GALVESTON, TEXAS (January 31, 2016)  Mardi Gras 2016 kicked off in Galveston, Texas on Friday, January 29 and continued through Sunday, January 31 with concerts, parades, and the usual celebrations. People from all over the Texas Gulf Coast, Houston, and southeast Texas area converged on the island to partake in the revelry.

On Sunday, January 31, Cajun and country music performer Kevin Anthony took to the Budweiser Stage on The Strand at 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Fans danced and sang-a-long to “The Gulf Coast” sound, which combines honky tonk stylings and hill country music to produce his unique music. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. and continuing until 3:30 p.m., The Bilge Pumps took to the Budweiser Stage to entertain the crowd. The pirate music group from the Dallas/Fort Worth area performed Celtic, sea songs and shanties for a mixture of music and comedic antics.

Sunday also saw the first two parades of Galveston’s Mardi Gras with the Sunshine Kids Parade beginning at 1 p.m. in downtown Galveston. The Sunshine Kids is a charitable organization that provides activities for children with cancer. At 3 p.m., the Shriners Hospital for Children-Galveston Parade began in The Strand District of Galveston, featur;ings the world famous Clydesdales.

Mardi Gras Galveston will continue on Friday, February 5 until Sunday February 7 with more parades and concerts by headliners Collective Soul, Cory Monroe, and Candyland & Fight Clvb.