Women's Basketball Falls Short in Thriller at SMU, 58-54
Jan. 31, 2013
DALLAS - The University of Houston women's basketball team failed to score over the final 2:00 of the contest as SMU eaked out a 58-54 victory on Thursday night at Moody Coliseum. The Cougars dropped to 9-10 overall and 3-3 in Conference USA play, while the Mustangs improved to 15-4 on the season and 6-0 in league action.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell led Houston with a career-best 16 points to go with six rebounds and six steals, while senior guard Porsche Landry posted 11 points and nine rebounds and freshman guard Alecia Smith added 12 points.
Houston held a 54-51 lead with 1:18 remaining before SMU's Keena Mays capitalized on a Cougar turnover with a jumper to cut the lead to one.
The Cougars would turn the ball over four more times on consecutive possessions as SMU closed the contest out from the free-throw line.
Houston trailed 23-21 at the half and SMU opened the final 20 minutes with eight-straight points to jump out to a 10-point advantage on a 17-4 run.
The Cougars quickly erased the deficit in less than three minutes, as junior forward Marissa Ashton buried a 3-pointer to put Houston within five points and Landry converted a 3-point play to tie the contest at 31-31 with 13:42 remaining.
Campbell would then take over, scoring the team's next seven points, capped off when Smith found the Ontario, Calif., native streaking to the basket in transition for a 3-point play to give Houston a 38-36 lead with 9:34 left to play.
The lead changed hands several times down the stretch before Smith converted two free throws and followed with a jumper to give Houston a four-point lead with under four minutes to play.
Houston scored its last point when junior center Yasmeen Thompson split a pair of free throws with 2:00 remaining to give the Cougars a 54-51 advantage.
Thompson finished with five points, six rebounds, four steals and three blocks, while freshman forward Marche' Amerson and Ashton each chipped in five points.
The Cougars shot 39 percent (20-of-52) from the field and connected on only one 3-pointer on 11 attempts while limiting SMU to a 38-percent (20-of-53) effort from the field.
SMU outrebounded Houston by a 36-34 margin while forcing 25 Houston turnovers to 21 Mustang miscues.
The Cougars quickly return to action, playing host to Tulane at 2 p.m., on Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion.