Houston Falls to SMU on Saturday
Jan. 25, 2014
HOUSTON--- Senior forward Te'onna Campbell poured in a game-high tying 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Cougars, but it just wasn't enough, as Houston dropped a 73-60 contest to SMU, Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Campbell also recorded a game-high four steals in the contest, while her 17 points gives her a team-leading nine double-digit scoring performances this season.
Senior center Yasmeen Thompson recorded her third double-double of the season and eighth of her career, as she scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed a game-high tying 12 rebounds, while sophomore guard Marche' Amerson chipped in with eight points and two steals in the loss.
Kenena Mays led SMU (12-7, 3-5 The American) with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while Akil Simpson scored 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the win.
Houston (4-15, 0-8 The American) took the lead at 8-6 with 16:03 remaining in the first half, after Amerson nailed a jumper to cap off an 8-0 scoring run for the Cougars.
The Mustangs responded quickly, as they went on a 15-2 scoring spurt themselves to take a 21-11 lead with 10:44 left in the half, after Mays converted on a layup.
SMU shot 16-of-32 from the field for 50 percent in the half, eventually extending its lead to 40-25 at the halftime break.
The Cougars opened the second half on a mini 7-2 run to come within 44-32 with 18:04 remaining in the contest, after Amerson knocked down one of her two treys on the day. Houston also connected on 76 percent (19-of-25) of its free throws to keep itself within striking distance most of the way.
But the SMU offense kept rolling, as it connected on 29-of-63 field goal attempts for the game (46%), while knocking down 55 percent (6-of-11) of its three-pointers on the day, eventually ballooning its lead to as high as 70-49 with 4:09 remaining in the game.
However, the Cougars fought all the way to the end, outscoring SMU 11-3 over the final four-plus minutes of action, including scoring the final five points of the ballgame.
Houston recorded a season-high tying 13 steals and scored 16 points off of 17 forced turnovers, while it committed just 11 turnovers itself, which equals a season low. The 60 points scored were also the most points put up since the Cougars' Dec. 20 win at Rice.
Houston will now hit the road, as it'll travel to Florida to take on USF for the second time this season, Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. CT.