Feb. 21, 2013
EL PASO, Texas - The University of Houston women's basketball team was plagued by a slow start, dropping a 73-55 decision to UTEP on Thursday night at Don Haskins Center.
The Cougars fell to 11-14 overall and 5-7 in Conference USA play, while the Miners improved to 19-6 on the season and 7-5 in league action.
Senior guard Porsche Landry posted 10 of her 14 points in the second half while grabbing eight rebounds and handing out four assists in 35 minutes. Landry was 5-of-12 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.
Freshman forward Marche' Amerson continued her stellar play of late, matching Landry's 14 points while going 2-of-5 from beyond the arc and a perfect 4-of-4 mark from the charity stripe.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes of play.
The Cougars cut an early eight-point deficit down to two with 5:23 remaining in the first half when Landry lobbed the ball to Campbell for a layup, but Houston failed to score over the final 3:05 as UTEP scored 11-straight points for a 33-19 advantage at the break.
The Miners stretched their lead to 18 points with 16:08 remaining when Kelli Willingham connected on one of her four 3-pointers, but the Cougars would make a run at another comeback, as Landry rattled off 10 of the next 12 points to cut the deficit to 52-43 with 10:34 remaining.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson converted a putback to put Houston within seven points at the 9:22 mark, but the Miners would rattle off seven quick points to jump back out to a 14-point advantage as the Cougars were unable to recover.
Houston shot just 30 percent (18-of-61) from the field and connected on only 2-of-20 shots from distance, while UTEP shot 47 percent (24-of-51) from the field and 30 percent (6-of-20) from 3-point range while going 19-of-25 from the free-throw line.
The Cougars won the battle on the glass over the league's top rebounding team by a 39-38 margin while forcing 19 UTEP turnovers, but were whistled for 24 fouls.
Houston returns to action against C-USA leader SMU (20-5, 11-1) at 2 p.m., on Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion.