Women's Basketball Falls to Hot-Shooting Lobos
Jan. 2, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of Houston women's basketball team couldn't overcome a first half 3-point barrage from New Mexico on Monday night, falling to the Lobos in the final non-conference game by a score of 70-44 at "The Pit."
New Mexico (6-8) connected on seven 3-pointers on nine attempts in the opening 20 minutes en route to a 41-18 lead at the half. The Lobos drained back-to-back treys at the 16:21 mark for a 10-2 advantage before posting three-straight long range buckets with 8:10 left to build a lead the Cougars couldn't recover from.
Senior guard Roxana Button extended her double-digit scoring streak to 12 games with a game-high 26 points. Button, who also grabbed a career-high seven rebounds, turned in a gutsy performance, scoring the majority of her points in the paint in 39 minutes of action.
The Coppell, Texas, native carried Houston in the second half, scoring 19 points in the final 20 minutes, including 13 straight down the stretch.
Freshman guard Danielle Parks posted nine points off the bench in her return from injury. Parks, a Houston native, was 4-of-8 from the field and grabbed three boards while swiping two steals.
Nikki Nelson led four Lobos in double figures with 16 points, while Deeva Vaughn recorded 14 points and Porche Torrance added 11 points and nine boards.
The Cougars edged the Lobos in rebounding by a 42-41 margin, while turning the ball over only 12 times compared to 14 New Mexico miscues.
Houston opens Conference USA action against Marshall at 7 p.m., Thursday night at Hofheinz Pavilion.