Women's Basketball Beats UCF 74-61 On The Road
Jan. 17, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Houston women's basketball team earned its first Conference USA road win since 2006 after knocking off UCF 74-61, Thursday at the UCF Arena.
Houston (9-9, 3-1 C-USA) last won a league road game at UAB on Feb. 26, 2006, a span of eight games. UCF (7-10, 0-4 C-USA) dropped its fourth-straight game.
Twiggy McIntyre (Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa HS/Kansas State) scored a game-high 22 points, including three triples.
The Cougars blew a 16-point lead midway through the half, but took advantage of the Knights' 19 turnovers, converting them into 21 points.
"It was a big step for us to pick up a conference road win," interim head coach Danny Hughes said. "I was pleased with our defensive effort, but I still think we have yet to play a complete game. We struggled at times and didn't finish strong, but our kids stepped up in the end."
With the scored knotted at 46 with 10:04 remaining, UH used a 7-1 run in the next 90 seconds to pull ahead by six, 53-47.
The Knights were within four points three times, but a 12-4 Houston run moved the lead to double digits, 69-57, with 1:46 to go.
Courtney Taylor (Crockett, Texas/Crockett HS) tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Cobilyn Hill (Houston, Texas/Eisenhower HS) added 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. The Cougars totaled a 38-30 advantage inside the paint.
Tye Jackson (Houston, Texas/Westfield HS/Purdue) struggled from the field, going 0-15. The senior, who has never been held scoreless in her collegiate career, tallied three points late in the game on free throws. She also added a season-high 11 rebounds and dished out six assists.
Trailing by 16, UCF used an 18-2 run over 6:17 to tie it up at 44 apiece with 10:56 left. UH was held without a point for a span of more than five minutes.
UH held the Knights without a field goal for almost nine minutes and outscored UCF 16-2 during that span to lead 42-26 with 16:13 left.
Tia Lewis grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds but was limited to only seven points. Emma Cannon came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points. D'Nay Daniels scored 11 and Marshal White dished out eight assists.
The Cougars led 26-25 at the half after McIntyre dropped in 13 in the opening 20 minutes, including nine in the last five minutes.
The Cougars closed the half on a 10-0 run over the final 5:10 after trailing by four, 20-16 with 7:48 left on the first-half clock.
UH held UCF to 22.9 percent (8-35) shooting and a 1-for-11 (.091) effort from behind the arc. The Cougars fired at a 40.6 percent clip (13-32) in the first half and shot 39.9 percent (25-66) for the game.
Houston returns home Sunday, playing against Southern Miss at 2 p.m. CST on Guy V. Lewis Court at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Fans can listen to a free internet radio broadcast of all UH games this year by clicking on the Stretch Internet Broadcast link at UHCougars.com. Streaming video for all home games will also be made available through the All-Access package at UHCougars.com.