Jan. 27, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team couldn't overcome a cold shooting performance, falling to UTEP by a score of 65-54 on Sunday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars fell to 9-9 overall and 3-2 in Conference USA play, while UTEP improved to 16-2 on the season and 4-1 in league action.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell led Houston with eight points and a career-best 16 boards while swiping five steals in 37 minutes of action.
Senior guard Porsche Landry tallied 10 points and three assists in 40 minutes of play, scoring in double figures for the 17th time in 18 games this season, while junior center Yasmeen Thompson added 10 points and three steals.
Houston shot just 28 percent (16-of-57) from the field, including a 23-percent clip in the first half, while UTEP shot 43 percent (26-of-60) for the game.
The Cougars led for much of the opening half, as both teams struggled early offensively and battled turnovers.
Houston held its biggest advantage at the 10:04 mark with an 11-5 lead after Landry split a pair of free throws, while draining a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to break open a tie contest with just over three minutes remaining in the opening half.
Landry quickly built on the Cougars' one-point halftime advantage, stealing the opening inbounds pass and racing down the court for the layup to put Houston up 24-21.
Freshman guard Marche' Amerson buried a trifecta from the corner at the 18:10 mark to push the Cougars out to a 29-25 advantage, and the two teams would trade the lead back-and-forth over the next eight minutes.
Freshman guard Alecia Smith found Thompson open under the basket for an easy layup as Houston regained a one-point lead and freshman guard Jessieka Palmer followed with a 3-point bucket with 10:27 remaining as the Cougars held a 41-39 advantage.
UTEP then scored six-straight points to jump out to a four-point lead at the 8:40 mark, but junior forward Marissa Ashton popped a jumper to trim the Miner lead back down to two.
The Miners answered with arguably the game's biggest bucket, as UTEP rebounded its own free-throw miss and Kayla Thornton drained a 3-pointer to push the lead to 48-43 with 7:43 left to play.
UTEP increased its lead to seven points at the 6:50 mark before Amerson broke up the skid with a driving layup, but the Miners' Anete Steinberga quickly answered with a layup and Houston wouldn't recover.
The Cougars struggled on the glass against the Miners, getting outrebounded by a 50-31 margin.
Houston turned the ball over 15 times, including just three in the final 20 minutes, while forcing 22 UTEP miscues and swiping 12 steals.
Steinberga led the Miners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Thornton added 10 points.
The Cougars return to action to take on league leader SMU (13-4, 4-0) on the road at 7 p.m., on Thursday.