Feb 13, 2004
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - With a four-game winning streak on the line, the University of Houston found another way to pull out a close, come from behind victory on the road in the University of Charlotte's Haltom Arena Friday night.
After entering the game hitting just 58.7 percent of their free throws throughout the season, Houston set a school record by making 16 of its 17 free throws for 94.1 percent and overcame an eight-point deficit and defeat Charlotte, 62-58.
"This was our biggest win of the season," Houston head coach Joe Curl said. "We knew it was going to be tough to beat them because they had won 12 consecutive (Conference USA) home games and their only loss this season was against South Carolina, a good team from the SEC."
Houston trailed, 38-30, with 14 minutes left to play when the Lady Cougars made eight consecutive free throws and KiKi Harris made two lay-ups off offensive rebounds to tie the score, 44-all. Jones began the rally with two free throws. Then, Lyttle made six straight.
On its next possession, Houston worked the ball into Lyttle for a baseline jumper. After Charlotte's Peaches Harris tied the score with a pair of free throws, Houston's Joann Overstreet scored five points on a jumper and a three-point field goal from the top of the key.
Her trey gave the Lady Cougars a 53-48 lead with 4:41 left and Houston never trailed again.
"We really played well tonight," Curl said. "We made our free throws and needed every one of them to pull out the victory. We also played well defensively by getting stops and not allowing them to get to the free throw line."
Charlotte made just nine of its 13 free throws, while the Lady Cougars shot all 17 of their free throws in the second half.
UH looked like it might run away from Charlotte in the first half when the Lady Cougars held a 22-14 lead with 4:04 left. But, Lyttle picked up her second foul and was forced to sit out the remainder of the period.
Charlotte took advantage as the 49ers made three consecutive three-point field goals to take a 23-22 lead with 2:24 left. Houston regained the lead on Crystal Simpson's trey from the right wing, but Monica League hit a three-pointer from the left baseline corner and the 49ers led, 26-25, at halftime.
Houston rallied in the second half to record its 20th victory of the season and has a 20-3 overall record this season. The Lady Cougars also improved their Conference USA mark to 9-1.Charlotte fell to 14-9 overall 7-3 in league play.