Senior Duo Leads Houston to 78-59 Victory Over Southern Miss

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    Southern Miss 23 36 59
    Houston 41 37 78

    Quick Stats UH USM
    Points 78 59
    Rebounds 47 52
    Assists 17 7
    Turnovers 20 27
    Field Goals 25 24
    Free Throws 27 11
    Three Point Field Goals 1 0
    Fouls 17 26
    Statistical Leaders
    Houston Points Rebounds Assists
    Courtney Taylor 20 12 3
    Lesslee Mason 20 8 3
    Brittney Scott 9 3 2
    Southern Miss Points Rebounds Assists
    Rachel Vigers 24 7 0
    Tanesha Washington 14 14 0
    Jamierra Faulkner 9 6 4

    Jan. 13, 2011

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    HOUSTON - Courtney Taylor registered her 50th-career double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Lesslee Mason tied a career high with 20 points to help lead the University of Houston women's basketball team to a 78-59 win over Southern Miss, Thursday night at Hofheinz Pavilion.

    The Cougars improved to 12-4 overall and remained undefeated in Conference USA play with a 3-0 record.

    Taylor notched her 10th double-double of the season, going 6-of-9 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. The Crockett, Texas, native also handed out three assists and swiped two steals.

    Mason just missed another double-double performance with eight boards, including four on the offensive glass. Mason was 7-of-9 from the field and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe, while posting three assists a team-high three steals.

    Porsche Landry also scored in double figures with 10 points and a game-high six assists in 32 minutes of action.

    Brittney Scott added nine points to climb into 10th spot in Houston history with 1,265 career points.

    Roxana Button posted eight points, while Brittany Mason tallied seven points and tied a season high with eight boards.

    The Cougars ran out to a quick 12-2 lead in the first five minutes and would never trail in the contest. In 120 total minutes of play in Conference USA action this season, Houston has only trailed a total of 1:43.

    Landry converted a layup in traffic with five seconds remaining in the first half to give the Cougars their biggest lead in the opening frame at 41-23 going into the break.

    Southern Miss (6-10, 1-2) cut a once 24-point deficit down to 15 with 10:41 remaining, but wouldn't get any closer as Houston rattled off 10 consecutive points to push the lead back to 67-42.

    Houston shot 40 percent (25-of-63) from the field, 10 percent (1-of-10) from 3-point land and 66 percent (27-of-41) from the free-throw line, while limiting the Lady Eagles to just 33-percent shooting.

    The Cougars forced 27 Southern Miss turnovers on 12 steals, while handing out 17 assists. The Lady Eagles won the rebounding battle by a 52-47 margin.

    Houston will face a tough road test in its next action against UTEP on Sunday in El Paso, Texas.

    *Houston improved to 12-10 all-time against Southern Miss and 8-3 against the Lady Eagles at home.
    *The Cougars increased their season record to 12-4, including a 5-1 mark at Hofheinz Pavilion.
    *Houston improved to 3-0 in C-USA play for only the fourth time in 15 seasons.
    *Senior guard Brittney Scott made her 77th-consecutive start dating back to the beginning of the 2008-09 season.
    *Scott scored nine points to jump into 10th place all-time on the career scoring charts (1,265 points). Scott also drained one 3-pointer on Thursday for a career total of 184, which is just five shy of the all-time record.
    *Courtney Taylor posted 20 points and 12 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season and 50th of her career.
    *With 12 rebounds, Taylor is only seven short of 1,000 career boards and 19 shy of the all-time record.



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