Jan. 9, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Despite scoring just 15 first half points, the University of Houston women's basketball team scored 43 second half points to win their Conference USA opener against the Memphis Tigers 58-55 at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse Friday night.
The Lady Cougars trailed 30-15 at halftime after shooting just 18 percent in the opening period. It took Houston less than three minutes to cut the Tiger lead to five points in the second half, and the Lady Cougars clawed their way back to a tie game at 34-34 with 1:38 to play in the game on a Joann Overstreet free throw.
Houston (11-2, 1-0) outscored Memphis 19-4 in the first 8:22 and 43-25 in the entire second half to steal the C-USA opener for both teams.
The Lady Cougar held on to a lead for the final 4:33 of the game, but Memphis closed the gap to within three points several times. Houston made just enough free throws to hold on for the win. After Joann Overstreet hit a free throw with 14 seconds to play, Memphis had one last opportunity to tie the game, but Houston's Amanda Barksdale blocked a three point attempt by Victoria Crawford to seal the win.
Barksdale and Sancho Lyttle keyed the Lady Cougar comeback, combining for 22 points and 25 rebounds, most of which came in the second half. Lyttle and Barksdale each scored eight points in the second half while Barksdale pulled down eight of her game high 14 rebounds after the half; she also finished with six blocked shots.
Lyttle picked up her fifth double double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds while All American guard added 13 points for the Lady Cougars.
Memphis (10-4; 0-1) was led by Victoria Crawford's 25 points and eight rebounds while Raven Rogers added eight points for the Tigers.
The Lady Cougars have now won six straight games and will be in action again Sunday afternoon when they take on Saint Louis University at 2 p.m. in St. Louis Mo.