Feb. 11, 2014
HOUSTON--- Senior center Yasmeen Thompson went for a career-high 24 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough, as Houston fell to Rutgers, 74-42, Tuesday night at Hofheinz Pavilion.
For Thompson, the performance marked her second consecutive double-double, while it was also her team-leading fifth of the season and the 10th of her career.
Tyler Scaife led the way for Rutgers, as she went for a team-high equaling 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Kahleah Copper also recorded 16 points, while going a perfect 8-of-8 at the free throw line.
Houston (5-19, 1-12 The American) battled early, as Amerson swished a three-ball from the left corner to give the Cougars a 5-4 advantage with 16:44 left to play in the first half.
But the Rutgers' (19-4. 10-3 The American) offense refused to let up, as it went on a 29-5 scoring run to take a 33-10 lead with 1:40 left in the first half.
The Scarlet Knights ended up shooting 13-of-25 from the field for 52 percent for the half, eventually taking a 33-14 lead into the intermission.
The Cougar offense picked it up in the second half, as the two teams went bucket for bucket to begin the period, with the two teams scoring eight points a piece for the half with 14:42 left to play.
Unfortunately for Houston, it was never able to cut any deeper into the deficit, as the Scarlet Knights ended up shooting 48.3 percent from the field for the contest, while they knocked down 16-of-17 shots from the charity stripe for 94.1 percent.
The Cougars improved on their free throw shooting in the second half, knocking down 10-of-14 shots for 71.4 percent for the period.
Houston now looks ahead to this weekend, where it will head to Dallas to take on in-state rival SMU, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CT.