Jones Sets Record as Lady Cougars Fall to Marquette 74-68
Feb. 2, 2003
MILWAUKEE - After suffering its worst loss in over a decade Friday, the University of Houston women's basketball team dropped another conference game to Marquette 74-68 Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee. All-American Chandi Jones set a U.S. Cellular Arena record with a game-high 38 points as the Lady Cougars dropped to 10-9 overall and 2-5 in Conference USA.
Coming into today's game, Marquette and Houston shared an identical record (10-8, 2-4 C-USA) and were both coming its worst losses of the season - both to conference teams.
Jones (27.1 ppg), who scored more than half of Houston's points, also grabbed seven steals and five rebounds. Shondra Bush was the other Lady Cougar to score in double figures, posting 13 points in the loss.
Katie O'Grady, whose career-high 29 points were the most scored by any Marquette player this season, led the Golden Eagles. Rachael Klug recorded a double-double, scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (11 of them defensive). Crystal Weaver rounded out the Golden Eagle offense, chipping in 11 points and six rebounds in the win.
Houston opened the game with a 6-0 run and tough defense, forcing four early Marquette turnovers. The Golden Eagles responded with three consecutive treys by O'Grady, giving Marquette a 13-11 advantage with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The teams traded buckets and utilized the full-court press, with the Lady Cougars forcing eight steals on 18 Marquette first-half turnovers. Houston finally regained the lead on a Bush three-pointer with 37 seconds on the clock and took a 30-29 advantage into halftime.
The Golden Eagles opened the second half with an 11-2 run, taking a 40-37 lead until Lashinda Winters hit a jumper and turned around to force the steal, passing the ball to Jones for a quick lay-up. Marquette answered with an 8-2 run, leading 48-41 with 10 minutes remaining. Houston again used pressure to force turnovers then Jones hit the lay-up to put her team within three, 50-47. The Golden Eagles pulled ahead by eight, making 15 free throws in less than nine minutes.
With four minutes remaining and both teams in the double-bonus, Nicole Oliver fouled out and Jones hit a trey with 1:17 on the clock to bring Houston within five, 69-64. Winters and Bush also fouled out and Jones hit nine straight points as time ran out for the Lady Cougars, who were defeated 64-68.
The Lady Cougars, who dropped to 2-5 in conference play, scored 35 points off 30 Golden Eagle turnovers. Marquette was 35-44 from the charity stripe as Houston committed 30 fouls in the game. Houston dropped its second in a row and is 0-4 this season in league road games.
Houston will take the week off and return to action Feb. 9 (Sunday) against C-USA and in-state rival TCU. Tip off in Dallas is set for 2 p.m.