Jan. 25, 2004
HOUSTON - The Louisville Cardinals snapped the University of Houston Lady Cougars 10 game winning streak Sunday afternoon with a 77-75 overtime win at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cardinals outscored Houston 13-11 in the extra period to hand the Lady Cougars their first loss in almost two months.
Jazz Covington dominated inside for the Cardinals all game long and sank a free throw with 27 seconds remaining in overtime to give Louisville a 77-75 lead. Covington then grabbed a missed three pointer by Houston's Nicole Oliver with seven seconds to play to seal the win for the Cards.
With 45 seconds to play in regulation the Lady Cougars trailed by five points, but two free throws by Joann Overstreet cut the Cardinals lead to three and a quick steal by Overstreet and a three pointer by Chandi Jones tied the game at 64.
The Cadinals (11-8, 3-3) had one last opportunity, but time expired before a foul was called on the Lady Cougars, sending the game to overtime.
Covington lead the way for the Cardinals with 30 points and nine rebounds while Sara Nord finished with a double double, scoring 16 points and passing out 13 assists. All of Nord's points came in the second half and overtime. Nina Simotes added 15 points while Angel Bradley scored 10.
Houston (15-3, 4-1) was led by Sancho Lyttle who had 25 points, 16 rebounds and six steals to pick up her seventh double double of the season. Jones finished with 20 points, her 100th consecutive game to score in double digits, while Overstreet finished with 11.
The Lady Cougars will be in a ction again Saturday afternoon when they take on USF in Tampa, Fla.