Jan. 18, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--- The Cougars put together one of their best defensive performances of the season, holding a high-octane Memphis offense to just 48 points on 35 percent shooting, but in the end it just wasn't enough, as Houston dropped a close one, 48-40, Saturday afternoon at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Junior guard Demetria Foreman dropped in a team-high 13 points and collected a game-high and career-best four steals, while senior forward Destini Texada nearly had herself a double-double, as she grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and poured in seven points.
Senior guard Te'onna Campbell found a way to contribute as well, scoring seven points on 3-of-6 shooting, while collecting eight rebounds and three steals in the loss.
The Cougar defense held sophomore guard Ariel Hearn to just 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting for the game, as she came into the contest as the second-leading scorer in The American, averaging 18.9 points per game. Sophomore forward Asianna Fuqua-Bey poured in a game-high 18 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds for Memphis in the win.
However, the Cougar defense locked her down in the second half, as Fuqua-Bey failed to score a single point in the second half of play.
Houston (4-13, 0-6 The American) claimed a 17-14 lead with 9:28 left to play in the first half after Foreman converted on one of her two made three-balls in the game. In fact Houston connected on five of its first 10 shots from the field, but 14 first half turnovers prevented the Cougars from extending their lead.
Despite the miscues the Cougars were able to command most of the first half, as they held the Tigers (10-8, 3-3 The American) to just 37 percent shooting from the field. Houston outrebound Memphis 24-18 and outscored the Tiger bench 8-2 through the first 45 minutes play.
Memphis milked its lead to as high as six points in the first half, but Foreman swished a trey with 1:41 remaining in the half to cut the Cougar deficit to 28-25, which was the eventual halftime score.
Both teams continued to grind in the second half, but Memphis was able extend its advantage to 40-29 with 11:07 left to play in the contest after a Taylor Williams jumper.
Houston inched its way back into the game, after Texada converted on an and-one opportunity to make it just a 46-40 ballgame with 3:22 remaining, but the Cougars would go scoreless the rest of the way, as the offense was never really able to find its rhythm.
The Cougars outrebounded Memphis 40-39 for the contest and won the second chance point battle 11-8.
Houston will get back after it Tuesday, when it returns home to Hofheinz Pavilion to take on No. 5 Louisville at 7:00 p.m. CT