Feb. 10, 2013
HOUSTON - Senior guard Porsche Landry scored 15 of her 17 points in the final 20 minutes to help the University of Houston women's basketball team erase a 14-point second-half deficit in a thrilling 53-51 victory over Rice on Sunday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Houston (10-12, 4-5) trailed by seven at the break and fell behind 43-29 with 13:53 left to play before closing out the contest on a 24-8 run, taking its first lead in 36 minutes with just 1:21 remaining.
Landry paced the Cougars with 17 points and five assists against only two turnovers after only playing nine minutes in the first half due to foul trouble.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson registered her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes, while junior forward Te'onna Campbell added nine points, nine rebounds and four steals in 38 minutes.
Landry began to turn the tide by going coast-to-coast for a layup and knocking down the ensuing free throw for a three-point play to cut the deficit back down to single digits at 43-34 with 12:14 remaining.
Landry would score five of the next seven points for the Cougars to claw within six points with 8:31 left to play, and followed with dishes to Campbell and Thompson to cut the deficit to two points at the 5:52 mark, capping a 16-4 Houston run.
After freshman guard Alecia Smith split a pair of free throws to make it a one-possession contest again at 49-46 with 3:33 remaining, Landry converted a layup in traffic to bring Houston within one with 2:26 left to play.
Rice's Megan Palmer knocked down two free-throws to push the Owls back out to a three-point advantage when Landry dribbled to the top of the arc and drained a 3-pointer to tie the contest at 51-51 with 1:59 remaining.
On the defensive side, Houston forced a jump ball situation to regain possession, and freshman guard Marche' Amerson drove the lane and converted a layup over Rice's Jessica Kuster at the 1:21 mark to give Houston a two-point lead.
The Cougars would get another defensive stop before missing a jumper, where Kuster grabbed the rebound and Campbell wrestled it away and jumped on the loose ball as Houston was then granted a timeout with 39.0 seconds remaining.
Houston would be unable to add to its lead, missing a jumper as Rice grabbed the rebound with under seven seconds remaining and managed to get a 3-point attempt off after a loose ball, which was off the mark, sealing the Cougars' comeback.
Junior forward Marissa Ashton added seven points and nine rebounds for Houston, while Amerson tallied six points and seven rebounds, including the game-winning bucket.
Kuster led the Owls with a game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds with two blocks. Kuster was unstoppable for most of the contest, but failed to score over the final 9:22 with Campbell playing stinging defense.
The two teams split the rebounding battle with 47 boards apiece, while Houston turned the ball over 16 times, but only twice in the final two minutes, while forcing 17 Rice miscues.
The Cougars shot 31 percent (20-of-65) from the field while connecting on 11-of-17 free throws, while Rice shot just 29 percent (17-of-59) from the field and 77 percent (17-of-22) from the charity stripe.
Houston returns to action to play host to Tulsa at 7 p.m., on Thursday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston improved to 48-10 all-time against Rice and 21-5 when playing the Owls at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Cougars snapped a three-game skid against Rice.
Senior guard Porsche Landry tallied 17 points in the victory, scoring in double figures in 20 of the 22 contests this season.
With 17 points, Landry increased her career total to 1,444, which ranks ninth in school history, while increasing her career assists total to 445, ranking second all-time. With eight guaranteed games remaining, Landry needs to average 4.6 assists over the final stretch to become the school's all-time assists leader.
Landry's 3-pointer that tied the contest with 1:59 remaining was her first trey in four games, dating back to Jan. 27 against UTEP.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson notched her fourth-career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.