Women's Basketball Blows Out St. Louis
Feb. 5, 2005
On a night when the University of Houston women's team celebrated Chandi Jones and the 2003-04 team that won the conference championship, the Lady Cougars put it together both offensively and defensively to crush St. Louis, 92-47, on Saturday night at Hofheinz.
Members of last year's squad, Sancho Lyttle and Kiki Harris dominated down low for Houston. Lyttle had her 16th double-double of the year with 24 points and 10 rebounds and Harris just missed a double-double with 15 points and 8 boards.
St. Louis would stuck around early and took a 17-14 lead with 13:02 left in the first half after a lay-up and made free throw by Mia Johnson. Houston, however, ended the half by outscoring the Billikens 26-7 to take a 40-24 lead at the half.
In the run, Lyttle hit a lay-up to give the Cougars the lead at 18-17, and hit a jumper with 5:19 left in the half to up the lead to 18. Fryters connected on a jumper with a little over three minutes left in the half to give Houston an 18-point lead again.
In the second half, the Lady Coogs used a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 25 less than four minutes in. Lyttle had two jumpers and a free throw in the run, and Harris nailed a jumper to give Houston the 49-24 advantage.
The lead hung around the 20-point mark for the next five minutes and stood at 56-37 with 11:20 to go before the Lady Cougars ended the game on an amazing 36-5 run to put the finishing touches on the blow-out. The final would be 92-47.
Freshman Kadi Creel led the charge off the bench with her best game this year, scoring a career-high 18 points including five-of-eight from behind the arc. Daphne Andre chipped in 10 points and six rebounds off the bench, and Cynecia Robinson in her second start of the year scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds. Houston scored 44 points off the bench.
Houston forced the Billikens into 25 turnovers and turned them into 38 points. The Lady Cougars also scored 38 points in the paint and held a 21-2 edge on second chance points.
Following the game, Houston celebrated the 2003-04 team by handing out their championship rings and retiring the No. 13 of All-American and three-time C-USA player of the year, Jones.
Jones is the first Lady Cougar to have her number put in the rafters at Hofheinz Pavilion and joins the greats like Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Otis Birdsong, Elvin Hayes and legendary Cougar mens' head coach, Guy V. Lewis.
With the win, Houston moves to 16-5 on the year and 6-2 in Conference USA. Houston will next play Memphis on Monday night at home.