Hakeem Olajuwon averaged 15 points per game and 10 boards during his NCAA tournament career. | Courtesy of UH Athletics
UH great, Hakeem Olajuwon, was named as a top 15 player on the NCAA’s All-Time 75th Players team. During Olajuwon’s tenure at UH, the team reached back-to-back national title games.
Though the Cougars lost to NC State on a last-second tip-in in 1983, he was still named the tournament’s most-outstanding player. Olajuwon is the last player on a team that did not win a title to pick up that award. In 1984, UH lost to Georgetown in the title game.
Olajuwon averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game in his NCAA tournament career.
On Thursday, the UH softball team is adding a new purpose to its game.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, UH will host the seventh annual Striking Out Breast Cancer Game against Purdue. Not only does this game bring in the largest home crowd, but all proceeds benefit the fight for breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“This game is something we started after we were recruiting a former student athlete whose mother had the disease,” said head coach Kyla Holas. “We wanted to do something to honor her. Now this keeps growing and growing, and it has turned into the big event it is today.”
To show its support on the field, the team will wear pink jerseys and helmets that will be auctioned off to help raise money. Along with the jerseys and helmets, there will be a Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Elvin Hayes autographed ball and a track spike autographed by Carl Lewis.
“This is a great way to recognize the important women and survivors in our lives and to show our girls that softball can be, and is, a lot more than wins and losses,” Holas said.
UH has two players on the All-Conference USA team for the first time since 2008-09.
Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas was named to the All-Conference USA first team after averaging 16.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Thomas and Tulane junior forward Josh Davis are the only two C-USA players ranked in the top five in scoring and rebounding.
Head coach James Dickey said Thomas earned the honor.
“I’m certainly happy for TaShawn because of the way he’s been able to score and rebound and the double doubles that he’s had. It’s a nice compliment from the coaches around the league for him to be named to the first team,” Dickey said.
Redshirt sophomore guard Joseph Young earned a spot on the Third Team. He finished the season on a tear, scoring at least 20 points in each contest, to capture the C-USA individual scoring title at 18.54 points per game. Young scored 32 points, including the game-clinching three-point play with two seconds remaining, Sunday against Tulane. His play helped the Cougars enter the C-USA Championship tournament on a three-game winning streak.
“I feel like Joe has stepped up,” Thomas said.
After redshirt sophomore guard Joseph Young’s 32 points and nine assists lifts the Cougars to a 96-94 victory against Tulane on Saturday with a three-point play in the final minute, UH will head into the Conference USA tournament as the sixth seed.
They will face Rice. Here is the bracket: