BRADENTON -- Southeast High girls basketball player Lacey Houston has committed to play for Eastern Wyoming College, a junior college in Torrington, Wyo., she said Friday.
Houston, a 5-foot-5 guard, originally committed to Florida Memorial University, an NAIA Division II school north of Miami, but said she hopes a stint in junior college can help her land a Division I scholarship.
She said she plans to sign an official letter of intent in a few days.
“The coach (at Eastern Wyoming) showed interest in me my 11th-grade year and stayed with me during my 12th-grade year,” Houston said. “He was different than the other coaches. He didn’t say, ‘Hey, come to my school.’ He wanted me to follow my dreams.”
Houston averaged 8.2 points, 2.1 assists and 2.7 steals per game for the Seminoles, who finished 25-5 and lost in the region final.
College basketball: Carrier could host hoops
SAN DIEGO -- Organizers say it’s all but certain that the Michigan State-North Carolina basketball game on Veterans Day will be played aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier that carried Osama bin Laden’s body to a burial at sea.
The Carl Vinson returned from its deployment Wednesday to Coronado, across the bay from downtown San Diego.
Mike Whalen of the Morale Entertainment Foundation told The Associated Press that 40 to 50 people from his group, ESPN, the Navy and vendors will be at the ship on Monday and Tuesday for a site survey. A briefing for civic leaders and the media is planned for Monday evening at the San Diego Hall of Champions.
The Spartans-Tar Heels matchup on Nov. 11 will be the first NCAA hoops game played on a flat top.
After meeting with Navy officials in Washington, D.C., this week, Whalen said there’s a 99 percent chance the game will be on the Carl Vinson.
College football: Bowl schedule released
ARLINGTON, Texas -- College football’s bowl schedule has been released for the 2011-12 season, featuring 35 games over 23 days and ending with the BCS national championship game Jan. 9 in New Orleans.
The Football Bowl Association says the bowl season will open Dec. 17 with three games -- the New Mexico Bowl, the Humanitarian Bowl and the New Orleans Bowl.
The traditional bowl date of Jan. 1 will have no games since it falls on a Sunday, when the NFL plays a full schedule of games to close its regular season.
The Rose Bowl is Jan. 2, the Sugar is Jan. 3, the Orange is Jan. 4 and the Fiesta is Jan. 5.
-- Herald staff and wire reports