Women's Basketball Falls to Hot-Shooting Tulane

Alecia Smith drained a career-best seven three pointers in Saturday's loss to Tulane

Feb. 2, 2013

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HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team couldn't overcome a 53-percent shooting effort from Tulane on Saturday afternoon, falling by a score of 74-56 at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars dropped their third-straight contest to fall to 9-11 overall and 3-4 in Conference USA play, while Tulane improved to 16-4 on the season and 5-2 in league play.

Freshman guard Alecia Smith led Houston with a game-high 23 points, draining a career-high seven 3-pointers on 11 attempts in 35 minutes of action. Smith found her touch in the second half, scoring 20 points off a 6-of-9 effort from distance.

Junior forward Te'onna Campbell posted six points, nine rebounds and three steals, while senior guard Porsche Landry added six points, six rebounds and four assists.

Tulane kicked off the game on fire, jumping out to a 19-10 lead at the 11:28 mark of the first half.

The Cougars cut the lead to three at 21-18 when Campbell grabbed a steal and took it coast-to-coast for a layup and Smith followed with a pull-up 3-pointer at the 8:00 mark.

Freshman guard Marche' Amerson kept the deficit within five points with a trifecta with four minutes remaining but Tulane connected on its fifth 3-pointer of the first half for a 10-point advantage at the break.

The Green Wave stormed out of the locker room, draining back-to-back 3-pointers to jump out to a 41-25 lead.

Houston failed to score for the first four minutes of the second half, as Smith found junior center Yasmeen Thompson under the basket at the 15:54 mark for the Cougars' first points to cut the deficit to 21 points.

Tulane held its largest lead at 27 points with 10:48 remaining in the contest when Smith went off from beyond the arc, draining four 3-pointers in just over three minutes, but Tulane was able to answer to keep a comfortable distance.



Amerson and junior forward Marissa Ashton chipped in six points apiece for the Cougars, while freshman center Tyler Gilbert added five points, three rebounds and a block in 10 minutes of action.

Tulane was 31-of-59 from the field (53 percent) and connected on 10-of-20 shots from long range, while the Cougars shot just 33 percent (22-of-66) from the field.

The Cougars won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Green Wave by a 42-33 margin.

Houston returns to action against East Carolina at 7 p.m., Thursday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

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