Lady Cougars continue solid play with win over Marquette
Feb. 22, 2004
HOUSTON - Junior Sancho Lyttle picked up her third consecutive double double and All American Chandi Jones scored 26 points to lead the way for the No. 18/21 University of Houston women's basketball team in a 77-64 win over Marquete Sunday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Lady Cougars improved to 23-3 on the season and 12-1 in Conference USA play with the win, while Marquette falls to 18-8 and 8-5.
Jones picked up 14 of her game high 26 points in the first half on five of seven shooting including two for three from behind the three point line. Lyttle did the bulk of her damage in the second half, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds after halftime.
Houston jumped out to an early lead on the Golden Eagles by playing the game at their speed. Marquette, who entered the game with the best points per game defense in the conference at 56.2 points per game, was not able to slow the Lady Cougars down in the first 20 minutes. For the game Houston made better than 50 percent of their shots for the first time this season, shooting 52.2 percent from the field.
Houston's lead grew to as much as 29 points in the second half before the Eagles were able to narrow the magin to under 20 late in the second half.
Lyttle finished the game with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Daphne Andre added 10 points for the Lady Cougars.
Marquette finished with three players in double digit scoring, led by Carolyn Kieger's 13 while Danielle Kamm and Crystal Weaver added 12 and 11 points resectively.
The Lady Cougars will finish the regular season Friday night at 7 p.m. against TCU at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Horned Frogs will enter the contest one game behind Houston at the top of the C-USA standings after handing Depaul a 73-53 loss in Fort Worth Sunday afternoon.