Jan. 10, 2013
HOUSTON - Porsche Landry and Marche' Amerson combined for 43 points to lift the University of Houston women's basketball team to a 77-74 victory over Memphis in Thursday's Conference USA opener at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (7-7, 1-0) snapped the Tigers' (9-6, 0-1) six-game winning streak and claimed the sixth-straight victory over Memphis in Hofheinz Pavilion dating back to the 2003-04 season.
Houston matched Memphis' high-scoring attack, which led the league entering the contest, tying a season best with 77 points.
For the second-straight game, Landry flirted with a triple-double performance with 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. The senior guard was 8-of-18 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line in 36 minutes of action.
Amerson, a freshman forward from Bryan, Texas, poured on a career-best 20 points off a 9-of-20 effort from the field while pulling down eight rebounds in 36 minutes. Amerson and Landry carried the Cougars in the first half, combining for 29 of the team's 36 points.
The Cougars took their biggest lead of the contest with less than three minutes remaining in the first half when freshman guard Alecia Smith buried a 3-pointer to cap a 16-7 run, but the Tigers charged back with a 10-2 run of their own to trim the Houston lead to 36-35 at the break.
The two teams traded the lead for most of the second half and the Cougars last trailed with 3:51 remaining before junior center Yasmeen Thompson grabbed an offensive rebound and converted the putback to give Houston a one-point lead.
On Thompson's free-throw attempt, junior forward Te'onna Campbell attempted to tip up a rebound on the miss and the ball found the basket, giving Houston a three-point advantage.
Campbell followed with a layup on an inbounds pass and Smith converted a pair of free throws to give the Cougars a 75-67 lead with 1:43 left to play, but the Tigers were able to trim the deficit back to three and had the ball on the last possession but failed to get a shot off.
Smith scored in double figures for the fourth time this season and the third time in the last four contests with 13 points, highlighted by a 3-of-7 effort from beyond the arc.
Thompson grabbed double-digit rebounds for the second game in a row with 12 boards to go with eight points, while Campbell added eight points, six rebounds and three blocks.
Memphis' Nicole Dickson, the league's leading scorer, led the Tigers with 23 points and nine rebounds while Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (17 points) and Ariel Hearn (15 points) also scored in double figures.
The Tigers' edged Houston in the rebound battle by a 57-51 margin after dominating the glass early in the contest, while the Cougars forced 17 turnovers against only 12 miscues.
Houston takes to the road for the next two Conference USA contests at UAB (Jan. 13) and Marshall (Jan. 20).
Houston improved to 12-11 all-time against Memphis and claimed its sixth-straight win against the Tigers at Hofheinz Pavilion to improve to 7-5. The Cougars also notched their ninth win in the last 10 meetings against Memphis.
The Cougars improved to 11-6 in Conference USA openers and 10-7 when beginning league play at home.
Senior guard Porsche Landry tallied 23 points to score in double figures for the 13th time in 14 contests this season. Landry ranks 10th all-time in Houston history with 1,324 career points and handed out nine assists on Thursday for 405 career helpers, which ranks third all-time.
Landry has registered 53 points, 18 assists and 17 rebounds in the last two contests.
Freshman forward Marche' Amerson posted a career-high 20 points in Thursday's victory and hit the double-digit mark for the fifth time this season.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson pulled down 12 boards against the Tigers for her second-straight double-figure rebounding game and the seventh time this season.