Jan. 6, 2013
HOUSTON - Senior guard Porsche Landry turned in a career performance with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to lift the University of Houston women's basketball team to a 71-58 victory over Delaware State in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Landry hit the 30-point mark for the fourth time in her career while setting career highs in rebounds and assists to flirt with a triple-double performance.
Freshman guard Alecia Smith scored in double figures for the second time in the last three games with 16 points, while junior forward Yasmeen Thompson registered her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Smith gave Houston its largest lead of the contest at 35-24 with a fastbreak layup with 17:52 remaining, but the Lady Hornets stormed back with a 24-7 run to take a six-point lead with just 5:53 left to play.
Landry then took the game over, finding Thompson under the basket for layup to trim the deficit to four.
After Delaware State's Tierra Hawkins knocked down a jumper, Landry answered with a layup to keep the deficit at four with just over four minutes remaining.
Smith trimmed the deficit to two points with a pair of free throws, and after another Hawkins jumper, junior forward Te'onna Campbell made the first of two shots from the charity stripe, where Landry grabbed the offensive rebound and converted the putback to make it a one-point contest.
On the defensive end, Campbell grabbed a steal and Landry sunk a fadeaway jumper from the baseline to put the Cougars ahead by one with 1:02 left to play.
Junior forward Marissa Ashton snagged another steal with 36 seconds remaining and Thompson grabbed an offensive board and followed with a layup with just over seven seconds left to put Houston up by three, but Delaware State's Chelsea Dukes drained a 3-pointer with less than a second on the board to force overtime.
The Cougars (6-7) quickly put the contest out of reach in the overtime period, as Smith opened with a 3-pointer at the 4:36 mark.
Landry then followed with back-to-back 3-point plays, racing for a fastbreak layup before stealing the ball on the opposite end for another layup to give Houston a nine-point lead in just over a minute.
The Houston native tallied 12 of the Cougars' 16 points in the extra five-minute period.
Ashton also turned in a solid performance, posting eight points and three steals while pulling down 10 boards for her third double-digit rebound contest this season.
The Cougars shot 45 percent (27-of-60) from the field while the Lady Hornets turned in a 39-percent (23-of-59) effort from the field.
Houston outrebounded Delaware State by a 42-37 margin on the glass while forcing 19 turnovers and swiping 10 steals.
The Cougars open Conference USA action against Memphis at 7 p.m., Thursday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Sunday's contest was the first-ever meeting between the two schools and only the second time Houston has met a current opponent from the MEAC, as it improved to 2-0 against the league.
The Cougars improved to 6-2 this season inside the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion.
Senior guard Porsche Landry tallied a game-high 30 points, marking her fourth-career performance of 30 or more points.
Landry notched a career-high nine rebounds while tying a previous career best of nine assists, which she's accomplished on four occasions.
Landry scored 12 of Houston's 16 points in the five-minute period during overtime and 18 of the team's 25 points over the final 9:19 of the contest.
Landry moved into 10th spot on Houston's all-time career scoring chart, surpassing Darla Simpson (1988-92) with 1,301 career points.
Freshman guard Alecia Smith posted 16 points, marking her third-career double-digit scoring performance and the second in the last three games.
Junior forward Yasmeen Thompson registered her third double-double of the season and the first since Nov. 27 with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior forward Marissa Ashton pulled down 10 rebounds, marking her third double-figure rebounding contest of the season.