Temple's Hot Shooting Dooms Houston
Feb. 4, 2014
HOUSTON--- Sophomore forward Marche' Amerson and senior forward Te'onna Campbell combined to score nearly 40 percent of Houston's points Tuesday night, but it just wasn't enough, as the Cougars fell to Temple, 79-46 at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Campbell put in a game-high tying nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, while also recording three steals on the night.
Amerson also scored nine points for the Cougars, while senior forward Destini Texada nearly recorded a double-double, as she went for eight points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Erica Covile led the way for Temple, scoring a game-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while grabbing eight rebounds. Shi-Herua Shipp notched a double-double, as she recorded 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the game.
The Temple (11-11, 5-6 The American) offense caught fire in this one, opening up the contest on an 18-2 run, while shooting 15-of-29 for 51.7 percent for the first half.
The Owls churned their lead to as high as 24 points in the half, before Houston went on a mini 6-0 run to make it a 36-18 deficit with 3:08 left to play, after Thompson was able to make a layup while drawing the foul.
Temple eventually took a 38-18 lead into the intermission, as the Cougars were able to convert on three of their last six field goal attempts of the half.
The Owls' offense stayed hot in the second half, as it connected on 17-of-27 second half shots from the field for 63 percent, to at one point take a 55-27 lead with 14:32 left to play in the game.
Houston (4-18, 0-11 The American) would do its best to make a run at the Owls, as it scored on four straight possessions, adding up to eight unanswered points, to trim the lead to 55-35 with 13:04 remaining in the contest.
But that's as close as the Cougars would come, as Temple's hot shooting was just too much to handle on this night.
Houston won the second chance point battle 9-6, while the Cougar bench managed to produce double figure points for the fourth time in the last five contests.
The Cougars now look ahead to Saturday, where they'll head up to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats at 1:00 p.m. CT.