Jan. 29, 2014
TAMPA, Fla.--- The Cougars received 29 points from their bench, but it just wasn't enough, as USF downed Houston, 71-53, Wednesday night at the Sun Dome.
Sophomore forward Marche' Amerson recorded her team-leading tying ninth double-digit scoring game of the season, as she scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field, while junior guard Demetria Foreman also poured in 14 points off the bench, as she has now led the team or tied for the team lead in scoring in three of the last four contests.
Senior center and reigning American Athletic Conference honor roll member Yasmeen Thompson also chipped in with six points and a team-best nine rebounds, while senior forward Te'onna Campbell notched a career-best equaling three blocks in the loss.
USF (11-9, 6-3 The American) received a game-high 20 points from Courtney Williams, as she shot 9-of-18 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds. Alisia Jenkins also recorded 10 points and a game-high 16 rebounds and three blocks in the win.
It was a rocky start for Houston (4-16, 0-9 The American), as it saw USF connect on six of its first seven shots from the field to take a commanding 15-2 lead with 13:59 left to play in the half.
But the Cougars would chip away, going on a 9-2 scoring run over the next four-plus minutes to jump right back in the game, trailing just 17-11 with 8:10 left to go in the half.
However, the hot shooting would continue for the Bulls, as they connected on 13-of-30 first half field goals for 43.3 percent, including knocking down a perfect 10-of-10 free throw attempts, while the Cougars didn't even draw their first foul until there was just 3:03 left in the half.
Despite the adversity, Houston was able to stay within striking distance at the half, thanks to a Jessieka Palmer three-point buzzer beater, to keep the Cougars within 38-25 at the intermission. The shot marked the third time Palmer had sunk a trey at the halftime buzzer this season (Nov. 8 vs. Mississippi State and Nov. 13 at Northwestern State).
The Cougars came out with intensity to begin the second half, as the offense launched a mini 5-0 run out of the gate to climb within 38-30 with 17:16 left in the game, after Amerson connected on one of her two trifectas in the game.
But every time Houston rallied , USF had an answer, eventually extending its lead to as high as 18 points, which would hold as the final margin of victory.
The Cougars shot a season-best 11-of-12 from the free throw line for 91.7 percent, while it committed a season-low seven turnovers and scored 13 points off of 10 forced turnovers in the game.
Houston finishes off its Florida road trip with a stop at UCF, Saturday at 3:00 p.m. CT