Feb. 14, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team faltered down the stretch on Thursday night, giving up a late 11-0 run to drop a 59-55 decision to Tulsa at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars fell to 10-13 overall and 4-6 in Conference USA play, while the Golden Hurricane improved to 10-13 on the season and 5-5 in league play.
Senior guard Porsche Landry led Houston with 23 points and nine rebounds in 38 minutes, while junior forward Te'onna Campbell posted nine points and freshman forward Marche' Amerson and junior forward Marissa Ashton each chipped in with eight points apiece.
Houston, which led by two at the break, built its biggest lead of five points at the 8:18 mark of the second half when Landry crashed the offensive glass and dished to Ashton for the 3-pointer to put the Cougars ahead 45-40.
Tulsa then stormed back with an 11-0 run in less than three minutes, as Taleya Mayberry converted an easy layup off a Houston turnover and Kelsee Grovey followed with a pair of free throws to cap the run and put the Golden Hurricane ahead 51-45 with 5:45 remaining.
Campbell cut the Tulsa lead to four points with a pair of free throws at the 3:32 mark, but the Golden Hurricane answered with their seventh 3-pointer of the night to push the advantage back out to seven points.
Trailing by five, Campbell swatted a shot and grabbed the rebound, and after two offensive boards, Landry posted a layup to trim the deficit to three points with just under a minute remaining.
The Cougars would get another stop with 23 seconds remaining, but freshman guard Alecia Smith couldn't connect on a 3-point attempt.
Tulsa's Mariah Turner missed her second free-throw attempt after putting the Golden Hurricane up by four points with 9.0 seconds remaining, and Landry raced down the court and drained a long two-point jumper with 4.4 seconds left to make it a two-point game, but Tulsa answered with two more shots from the charity stripe to seal the contest.
The Cougars were slow out of the gate, falling behind by a score of 10-4 before getting back into the contest with a 3-point barrage.
After trading the lead back-and-forth, Landry buried a trifecta with 6.5 seconds left for the Cougars' fifth trey of the first half to give Houston a 28-26 advantage at the break.
Houston forced 19 Tulsa turnovers compared to 16 miscues, while dropping the rebound margin by a 42-33 advantage.
The Cougars shot 38 percent (21-of-55) from the field and connected on seven 3-pointers on 23 attempts, but converted just 6-of-13 free throws.
Grovey led the Golden Hurricane with 16 points and went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, while Tiffani Couisnard added a game-high 15 rebounds.
Houston returns to action on Sunday at 2 p.m., against Tulane (18-5, 7-3) in New Orleans.