As University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Club Sports begin the 2016–17 season, many of the sport club teams has hit the ground running!
UHD Men’s Basketball Club Team
UHD’s men’s basketball club team started off their spring 2017 season with a come-from-behind 54-51 victory against the Tigers of Texas Southern University, last Friday. The team overcame an eight point deficit in the second half to defeat their conference rivals in Texas Southern. UHD’s Matthew Slade led the scoring for the Gators after pouring in fourteen (14) points, which ten (10) of the points came in the second half to help lead the comeback. Gators’ Tony Emeghebo contributed with twelve (12) points and Cameron Ford scored ten (10) points to help the offensive charge for UHD. The next game is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17 at 8:30 p.m. versus Lone Star College-Cy Fair in the UHD Student Life Center.
UHD Women’s Basketball Club Team
The UHD women’s basketball club team came away with a thrilling 40-39 victory against Texas Southern University last Friday in their first game since the fall of 2014. The team played in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the UHD Student Life Center. Gabby Hernandez led the UHD offense with twelve (12) points and tough pressure defense in the backcourt. Bianca Serna contributed with eleven (11) points, and made five out of six free throws with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Texas Southern took a 39-38 lead with thirty seconds left in the game. After a UHD timeout, Gator Carneisha Osborne was fouled after going for an offensive rebound with four seconds remaining in the game. After heading to the free throw line with all the pressure on her shoulders, Osborne knocked down both clutch free throws to secure the 40-39 win for UHD women’s basketball.
UHD’s Wrestling Club
This is only the third season in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association for the UHD wrestling club team. New head coach Juan Venturi is working with many new wrestlers on the team this season and are progressing through a tough schedule. The club just competed in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Texas State Duals versus the top collegiate club teams in the state of Texas such as, Texas A&M, University of Texas, North Texas, Texas State, and UT-Arlington. Kavrin Cox, Kevin Evans, and Nastasha Balkum all won matches for UHD.
Upcoming Games and Events
The Student Life Center will be the place to be on Friday evening as both the UHD men’s and women’s basketball clubs will play host to Lone Star College-Cy Fair. UHD women’s basketball will begin the action with their game at 7 p.m. in the Student Life Center versus LSC-Cy Fair. Following the women’s game, the UHD men’s basketball club will play their game at 8:30 p.m. versus LSC-Cy Fair.
Both the UHD Gatorettes dance club team and UHD cheer club will be performing and supporting both the men’s and women’s basketball clubs on Friday evening. The UHD Gatorettes will kick off the halftime entertainment with their second performance of the season. The UHD cheerleaders will be at both games cheering on our Gators to victory. You can also catch the UHD cheerleaders following the UHD Gatorettes for halftime’s entertainment at both games.
Also, the UHD wrestling club team is traveling to the University of North Texas in Denton, TX to compete in the Mean Green Open on Feb. 18. This is the final competition of the regular season for the club before competing in the NCWA Southwest Conference Championships on Feb. 25, at the University of North Texas.