Feb. 17, 2013
HOUSTON - Junior forward Te'onna Campbell converted a heavily-contested putback with 5.4 seconds remaining as the University of Houston women's basketball team overcame a 16-point second half deficit to topple Tulane in double overtime by a score of 71-70 on Sunday afternoon at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Houston improved to 11-13 overall and 5-6 in Conference USA play, while Tulane fell to 18-6 on the season and 7-4 in league action.
Campbell posted career highs of 17 points and five assists to go with eight rebounds in 48 minutes of action, while senior guard Porsche Landry (16 points) and freshman forward Marche' Amerson (15 points) also scored in double figures.
The Cougars trailed by as many as 16 points with 18:37 remaining in the contest, marking the third-largest second-half comeback over the last 11 seasons.
With Houston trailing 49-37 following a Tulane 3-point play at the 14:40 mark, the Cougars mounted a 20-0 run over eight minutes to build their biggest lead of the contest of eight points with 6:49 left to play.
Landry started the rally, stealing the ball and posting a 3-point play to trim the deficit to single digits.
Amerson and Landry tallied back-to-back jumpers to trim the Tulane advantage to five and Landry buried a trifecta from the baseline to push Houston within one point at the 9:01 mark.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson gave the Cougars their first lead since the 14:29 mark of the first half with a strong post move, and Amerson and freshman guard Alecia Smith connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to push the Houston lead to eight.
The Green Wave would build a rally of their own however, posting their first points in over eight minutes as part of a 9-1 run to tie the contest at 58 points apiece with 2:42 left to play.
Landry would come to the rescue for the Cougars, getting the roll on a layup to give Houston its first field goal in over five minutes and a 60-58 lead with 1:36 remaining.
Tulane's Jamie Kaplan would answer with a layup with 19.2 seconds left to send the contest to overtime.
Houston stumbled early in the first overtime period, turning the ball over on its first three possessions while Tulane's Janique Kautsky buried a triple at the 3:52 mark for a 63-60 Green Wave advantage.
Landry would come through in the clutch once more, knocking down a 3-pointer of her own to knot the game at 63-63 with 1:36 left to play.
Tulane's Whitney Bibbins and Campbell would trade layups over the final minute and Houston couldn't get a final shot to fall as the contest continued to a second overtime.
Trailing by one with 18.0 seconds remaining, Landry drove and missed a layup, as Campbell grabbed the offensive board under the basket and managed to fight through a host of Tulane defenders for the putback with just 5.4 seconds remaining to give Houston the 71-70 lead.
Tulane's Jamie Kaplan drove down the court and lobbed a floated from the free-throw line but it was off the mark, sealing Houston's comeback win.
Amerson posted her ninth double-figure scoring performance off a 7-of-10 effort from the field while swiping three steals in a career-high 42 minutes.
Landry played 48 minutes for the Cougars, draining two 3-pointers on four attempts, while handing out seven assists to go with three steals.
Smith and Thompson each added nine points, while Thompson also pulled down 11 boards.
The Cougars shot 42 percent (28-of-67) from the field and went 5-of-16 from beyond the arc and 10-of-17 from the charity stripe.
Houston held Tulane to a 38-percent (27-of-72) effort from the field and limited the Green Wave to only three treys.
The Cougars turned the ball over 20 times, but handed out a season-high 19 assists while forcing 21 Tulane miscues.
Houston remains on the road to take on UTEP at 8 p.m., CT Thursday in El Paso, Texas.
Houston snapped a three-game skid against Tulane to improve to 13-20 all-time against the Green Wave and 6-9 in New Orleans.
The Cougars improved to 11-13 overall this season and 5-6 in Conference USA play. Houston improved to 3-2 in league road games.
Houston played only its third double overtime game in program history, improving to 2-1 in those contests. Sunday was the first double overtime game since Houston's 96-90 victory over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 15, 2006.
Houston improved to 2-0 in overtime games this season and 3-0 under head coach Todd Buchanan since taking over for the 2010-11 season.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell posted career highs of 17 points and five assists in Sunday's victory. The 17 points marked the sixth double-figure scoring performance this season for Campbell.
Senior guard Porsche Landry tallied 16 points on Sunday, scoring in double figures in 22 of 24 games this season. Landry currently ranks ninth all-time in career scoring with 1,483 points and needs just 15 more to tie Jennifer Jones (1994-98) for eighth spot.
Landry handed out seven assists in the victory, increasing her career total to 454, which ranks second all-time behind Betty Darthard (482 assists). With six guaranteed games remaining, Landry needs to average 4.7 assists over that span to become the school's all-time assists leader.
Freshman forward Marche' Amerson posted 15 points, marking her ninth double-figure scoring performance, which ranks second on the squad.