Cougars' Rally Falls Short vs. Cincinnati
Jan. 11, 2014
HOUSTON--- Te'onna Campbell went off for a career-high 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field, but it wasn't quite enough, as the Cougars fell to Cincinnati, 59-50, Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion.
For Campbell, it was her first double-digit scoring performance since pouring in what then was a season-high tying 16 points on Dec. 28 vs. UCF, and was her team-leading eighth double-figure scoring game on the season.
Senior forward Marissa Ashton also chipped in with seven points and five rebounds off the bench, all in the first half, while junior guard Demetria Foreman went a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe and collected two blocks in the loss.
Cincinnati's (8-8, 1-4 The American) Jeanise Randolph led all scorers with 22 points on 11-of-18 shooting, while also grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds in the win. Dayeesha Hollins also poured in 15 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Bearcats.
After trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half, the Cougars (4-12, 0-5 The American) used an 12-2 run to cut the deficit down to just 43-36 with 7:47 left to play, thanks in large part to a stifling second-half defensive effort, as Cincinnati was able to connect on just three of its first 17 second half shot attempts for 17.6 percent.
Houston was able to make one more run and cut the deficit to as close as 45-38 with 5:35 left in the contest after Campbell knocked down a mid-range jumper, but that would be as far as the comeback attempt would go.
The Bearcats established control early, scoring the first six points of the contest, before eventually claiming an 18-8 advantage with 11:20 remaining in the first half.
However, Houston refused to let the game get out of control, as it responded with a 9-2 run of its own to cut the Cincinnati lead to just 20-17 with 7:41 remaining in the half, after Marche' Amerson drained a triple from the left side.
But shots continued to fall for Cincinnati, as it connected on 16-of-35 field goal attempts for 45.7 percent through the first 45 minutes of play, taking a 36-22 lead into halftime.
The Cougars shot 83.3 percent from the free throw line in the first half to keep them in the game.
Overall, Houston scored 16 points off of 14 forced turnovers and won the second chance point battle 14-6, while the UH reserves also outscored the Cincinnati bench 12-6 for the contest.
The Cougars will try and get back in the win column, as they'll hit the road again to take on the Memphis Tigers, next Saturday at 4:00 p.m. CT.