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#3 Whitney Houston
Position: Guard
Height: 5'5"
Year: Junior
City/State: Memphis, Tenn.
High School: Hillcrest
Experience: 2 Letters
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Whitney Houston was expecting to be CU's starting point guard last season, building on the momentum of a strong finish to her sophomore year, but a knee injury derailed those plans. She was able to redshirt and is ready to lead the Buffaloes in 2009-10. Houston is one of the quickest players on the team, giving her the ability to get the ball down the floor and the Buffaloes into their offense. She has also drastically improved her shot and shooting range, giving the Buffaloes an added scoring weapon.

2008-09 (Redshirt): Houston used her redshirt season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on Sept. 24 during team individual workouts. She had successful surgery in October and was able to rehabilitate the knee throughout the season. Despite missing the season, Houston continued to be active in her community. She helped at an annual fund raiser for the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFFA) and also taught basketball skills to area youth at the National Girls & Women in Sport Day (2/7) as well as making several speaking engagements, sharing her life experience while being a student-athlete at CU. For her efforts, she received the team's Community Service Award at the annual team banquet.

2007-08 (Sophomore): Houston was CU's leader in scoring and assists among those players who primarily came off the bench. She did start the first four games of the season, but came off the bench in her final 26 contests. After a somewhat slow start, she picked up momentum during the Big 12 season and carried it through the Postseason WNIT. Houston averaged 6.5 points and two assists while shooting 38 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line over the final 15 games of the season. She increased her scoring to 9.5 points in the four WNIT games while dishing out two assists per contest. Houston scored a season-high 13 points in the fourth round game against TCU, a 96-90 overtime Buffs win, and made some big baskets down the stretch. She banked in a 24-foot 3-point bucket as the shot clock expired to give CU a 72-74 lead with 1:45 left in regulation and hit a short jumper in the paint with 4.8 seconds remaining that gave CU a 76-74 lead before TCU sent it to overtime. Her long 3-pointer was one of 15 on the season on 46 attempts (.326) displaying her improving outside shot as she made just one 3-pointer in 16 attempts in 29 games as a freshman. She twice had three 3-pointers in one game and had two on two other occasions. Houston was named the team's "Sixth Man" award winner for 2008.

2006-07 (Freshman): Houston, who earned the team's Most Improved Player Award as a freshman, emerged as a viable offensive threat in the second half of the season. She had a hand in running the Buffaloes' offense for much of the season and moved into the starting lineup at point guard for the final 11 games. Houston was third on the team in scoring at 7.9 points per game and improved that mark to 8.6 per game during the conference schedule. She also led the team in assists with 64, the first freshman to do so since Linda Lappe did it in 1998-99, and was fourth in steals with 25. She ranked fifth in assists (2.2 apg), eighth in scoring (7.9 ppg) and 12th in steals (0.9) among all Big 12 freshmen in 2007. Houston had at least two assists in 17 of her 29 games, including a personal-best and team season-high six against Charlotte (12/25). She also claimed the team season-high for field goals made in one game as she poured in 11 en route to a career-best 25 point performance at Kansas (2/6), a game in which she also had six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

High School: Houston is a 2006 graduate of Hillcrest High School where she led the Lady Vikings to the Tennessee Class AA state title as a senior. She was the state tournament MVP as Hillcrest finished with a 35-3 record and delivered the Memphis area its first girls Division 1 basketball state title in 21 years. Houston was a Miss Basketball finalist in Tennessee, averaging 19 points, six assists and three rebounds per game as a senior. She was a Class AA All-State first team selection and also earned Class AA All-Metro and District MVP honors. Houston was a four-time member of the Memphis Commerical Appeal's Best of the Preps/All-Metro Class A-AA team and was one of five finalists for the overall girls basketball Best of the Preps award as a junior and senior. As a junior Houston was an all-district, all-regional and an honorable mention all-state pick who averaged 17 points, nine assists and three steals per game leading Hillcrest to a 29-6 overall record and the District 16-AA and Region 8-AA titles. An adidas All-American, she ranked as the No. 62 point guard in the country by All-Star Girls Report in 2006. Houston also participated in softball, volleyball and track while in high school. In softball she was a Best of the Preps/All-Metro selection in 2005.

Academics: Houston is a women's studies major at Colorado. She was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2008 spring semester.

Personal: Whitney Christina Houston was born August 7, 1988, in Memphis. She is the daughter of Cynthia and the late Larry Houston. She is one of 10 children joining Pamela, Keithra Patton, Elbony, Larry, Christopher, Josh, David and Cameron; one sister Cyntresia is deceased. She lists the biggest moments of her career as being inducted into the Honor Society and winning the state championship. Houston can play the drums, and she can sing and would like to pursue a singing career. Singing is a talent she has proved by performing the National Anthem on several occasions for the Buffaloes. She performed well in those games where she has sung the National Anthem and played, averaging 11.3 points and hitting 68 percent from the field (15-of-22) - she also sang during her redshirt year. She first learned how to play basketball when she was 10 years old from her uncle Philemon Jones. Her favorite coaches during her high school career were Reginald Johnson and John Terell. She loves God and keeps her family first. She is dedicating this season to her father, who passed in December 2008, her grandfather Bishop I.G. Jones, who passed in April 2009, her grandmother and a friend; a former high school teammate who was killed in a car accident. Her grandmother passed in January 2008, and Houston promised her that she would have great seasons during her time at CU and that she would make it to the WNBA..

 

 

 

Overall

GP-S

Min

Avg

FG

FGA

Pct

3FG

3FGA

Pct

FT

FTA

Pct

2006-07

29-16

682

23.5

93

239

.389

1

16

.063

42

68

.618

2007-08

30-4

449

15.0

48

137

.350

15

46

.326

17

24

.708

Totals

59-20

1131

19.2

141

376

.258

16

62

.258

59

92

.641

                         
Overall

OReb

DReb

TOT

Avg

PF

FO

A

TO

BK

S

Pts

Avg

2005-06

22

43

65

2.2

47

0

64

97

0

25

229

7.9

2007-08

6

22

28

0.9

27

0

41

53

0

13

128

4.3

Totals

28

65

93

1.6

74

0

105

150

0

38

357

6.1

 
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