Lady Cougars use strong second half to down Blazers

Feb. 2, 2004

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Houston women's basketball team improved to 17-3 on the season and 6-1 in Conference USA with a 48-39 win over UAB Monday night at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, .Ala

Houston struggled in the first half scoring just 16 points, but was able to turn up the tempo in the second half to surge past the Blazers. The biggest difference in the ball game was the Lady Cougars ability to get to the free throw line where they made 17 of 24 foul shots.

Despite having their own offensive wowes in the game shooting just 27.5 percent, the Lady Cougars held UAB to a season low 39 points while forcing 24 Blazer turnovers, 13 of which were steals.

All American Chandi Jones led the way for Houston at the charity stripe, sinking nine of 10. The Lady Cougars scored 13 of their 32 second half points from the free throw line, while UAB scored just 19 total points in the second half.

Jones led the way for the Lady Cougar offense with her second consecutive double double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She also picked up a game high six steals and three blocked shots. Sancho Lyttle nine points and eight rebounds in the win while Joann Overstreet chipped in with eight points.

The Blazers (7-14, 1-7) had two players reach double digit scoring in the game. Carmen Guzman led the way for UAB with 11 points while Natasha Thomas added 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Lady Cougars will be in action again Friday night when they host Southern Miss. at 7 p.m. at Hofheinz Pavilion.



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