Women's Basketball Prevails in Shootout Against Southern Miss, 81-70
Jan. 24, 2013
HOUSTON - Senior guard Porsche Landry led four Cougars in double figures with 17 points as the University of Houston hung on to defeat Southern Miss by a score of 81-70 in Conference USA action on Thursday night at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston claimed its fourth win in the last five contests to improve to 9-8 overall and 3-1 in C-USA play, while the Golden Eagles dropped to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in league action.
Landry scored in double figures for the 16th time in 17 games this season with her 17-point performance while tying a career high with nine assists to go with five steals in 38 minutes.
Freshman guard Marche' Amerson registered her first-career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds while also swatting three shots in 35 minutes of action. The Bryan, Texas, native was 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell nearly tallied a double-double for the second straight game by tying a career high with 15 points to go with nine rebounds. The Ontario, Calif., product was 7-of-10 from the field and swiped three steals.
Junior forward Marissa Ashton scored in double figures for the third-straight time with 12 points, highlighted by a 3-of-7 effort from 3-point range.
The Cougars quickly built on a 10-point halftime advantage when Campbell grabbed an offensive rebound and converted the putback and Ashton followed with a trifecta to push Houston to a 48-33 lead early in the second half.
Houston held its largest lead at 55-36 with 12:19 remaining when Landry dished to Campbell on a 2-on-1 break and Amerson followed with a jumper from the free-throw line.
With the Cougars holding a 57-39 lead with just under 12 minutes left to play, the Golden Eagles mounted a furious rally as Tanecka Carey buried back-to-back 3-pointers to cap a 15-3 run, cutting the Houston advantage to just six points with 9:27 remaining.
Freshman guard Jessieka Palmer pushed the Houston lead back out to 10 points with a steal and an assist to Campbell in transition, and took the ball coast-to-coast on the next possession, eluding a Southern Miss defender in the paint for an easy layup for a 12-point advantage with under eight minutes remaining.
The Golden Eagles wouldn't go quietly however, mounting a 10-3 run to cut the deficit to just five points with 3:52 left to play.
Landry then took over, finding Amerson behind the defense for a layup and dishing to junior forward Yasmeen Thompson in traffic for a 3-point play.
Thompson would follow with a post move for the layup on the next trip down to give Houston an 11-point lead with just over two minutes to play to seal the contest.
Palmer registered nine points in 17 minutes for Houston, going 5-of-7 from the charity stripe, while Thompson added eight points and six boards in 21 minutes.
The Cougars carried their hot shooting over from Sunday's victory at Marshall, turning in a 44-percent (28-of-64) effort from the field, while going 20-of-33 (61 percent) from the free-throw line.
Houston overcame a sluggish start on the boards, outrebounding the Golden Eagles, 48-46, after starting the game on the wrong end of a 13-4 margin.
The Cougars face a tough test on Sunday as they host UTEP (15-2, 3-1) at 1 p.m., Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion.