Jan. 14, 2004
WICHITA, Kan. - Led by Chandi Jones' 21 points and three other players posting double digit scoring, the No. 25 University of Houston Lady Cougars picked up their eighth straight win with a 75-61 win over the Wichita state Shockers at Charles Kock Arena in Wichita, Kan.
Joann Overstreet scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half for the Lady Cougars who held onto a double digit lead for most of the game. Joining Overstreet and Jones in double figures was Sancho Lyttle with 16 points and Ki Ki Harris who scored 12 points off the bench.
Trailing 10-2 in the opening minutes of the game, the Lady Cougars outscored the Shockers 30-10 over a 10 minute stretch, opening up a 12 point lead which they maintained going into the break. Jones led the way in the opening half hitting five of eight shots for 14 points. Lyttle and Harris added nine and eight points resectively.
In the second half Wichita State started out quickly again as Tisharra Dennis knocked down three 3-pointers to cut into the Houston lead. The Lady Cougars answered back with several quick baskets from Overstreet who was able to find the basket uncontested on back-to back possessions.
"I credit my defense for what gets my offense going," Overstreet said. "If I come out and take care of business on the defensive end then I the offense will come."
Overstreet and the Lady Cougars picked up 19 steals and forced 32 Shocker turnovers in the game. Despite getting outrebounded 43 to 34 their defensive intesity was enough to make up for difference on the boards.
Houston (13-2, 2-0) will be in action again Sunday afternoon when they take on No. 17 TCU in Fort Worth at 2 p.m.. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2.