Feb. 7, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team was unable to overcome a 3-point barrage in a 68-59 loss to East Carolina on Thursday night at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars dropped their fourth-straight contest to fall to 9-12 overall and 3-5 in Conference USA play, while the Pirates claimed their fifth-consecutive victory to improve to 16-5 on the season and 6-2 in league action.
East Carolina did most of its damage from beyond the arc, draining 10 3-pointers on 29 attempts, while the Cougars connected on only one trifecta.
Senior guard Porsche Landry led Houston with her first-career double-double, posting 19 points and a career-best 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. Landry was 7-of-18 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line while handing out four assists.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson just missed a double-double performance with 14 points and nine boards to go with three blocks, while freshman forward Marche' Amerson scored 11 second-half points and pulled down seven rebounds.
The Pirates busted a close game open late in the first half with back-to-back 3-pointers to push their lead to 10 points en route to a 12-point halftime advantage.
The Cougars stormed out of the break, as Landry posted a layup off an inbounds pass to trim the deficit to just five points at the 15:25 mark.
The Pirates knocked down a trey to push back out to an eight-point deficit, but Houston charged back as junior forward Marissa Ashton converted a layup and a pair of free throws to knock East Carolina's lead down to two points.
The Cougars clawed to within a point at 46-45 when Landry found Thompson for a basket and the ensuing free throw with just over 12 minutes remaining.
Freshman guard Alecia Smith answered an ECU 3-pointer with a floater off the glass to keep the deficit at just two points, but the Pirates followed with two more 3-point buckets on back-to-back possessions to jump back out to an eight-point advantage at the 10:28 mark.
East Carolina led by as many as 14 points with 6:19 remaining before Amerson scored seven of the team's next eight points, including the Cougars' first 3-pointer, to claw back to within an eight-point contest with just under four minutes remaining, but Houston would be unable to come any closer.
Kristine Mial led four Pirates in double figures with 20 points, while Ariana Jackson paced the squad on the glass with 12 rebounds.
The Cougars were edged in the rebounding battle by a 50-46 margin, while turning the ball over only 10 times compared to 12 ECU miscues.
Houston shot 42 percent (13-of-31) in the second half after a dismal 22-percent performance in the first 20 minutes for a 32-percent clip (20-of-63) for the game.
The Cougars will look to end their current skid when they meet cross-town rival Rice at noon on Sunday at Tudor Fieldhouse. The contest will be televised on FSN.