Feb. 24, 2013
HOUSTON - Freshman guard Alecia Smith rattled off 18 points and junior center Yasmeen Thompson registered her fifth double-double of the season as the University of Houston women's basketball team toppled Conference USA leader SMU on Sunday afternoon by a score of 65-58 at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars improved to 12-14 overall and 6-7 in league play, while the Mustangs fell to 20-6 on the season and 11-2 in conference action.
Smith broke through a recent slump in a big way, posting 18 points and seven rebounds after averaging just 3.6 points over the last five contests. Smith was 7-of-15 from the field and connected on four 3-pointers on nine attempts in 37 minutes of play.
Thompson was dominant in the paint, turning in 13 points and 13 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, while going 4-of-9 from the field and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe. The Philadelphia, Pa., native was the lone Cougar to play all 40 minutes in the contest.
Senior guard Porsche Landry added nine points, six rebounds and five assists against the Mustangs after only playing 11 minutes in the opening half due to foul trouble.
The Cougars quickly built on a one-point halftime advantage to open the second half of play, as Smith grabbed a steal and followed with a layup before knocking down a 3-pointer on the next possession to lift Houston to a 31-25 lead.
SMU stayed in the contest with several points in transition before the league's leading scorer, Keena Mays, heated up, draining a 3-pointer to give the Mustangs a four-point advantage with 9:37 remaining.
Landry answered the bell, driving the lane on back-to-back trips for runners off the glass to tie the contest at 50 points apiece at the 8:20 mark.
SMU would regain a one-point lead with another bucket in transition with 4:30 remaining before freshman forward Marche' Amerson buried a 3-pointer to push Houston ahead 60-58 with 4:02 left to play.
With Houston clinging to a three-point lead, junior forward Te'onna Campbell swatted Mays' shot attempt and Landry raced down the court and dished to an open Amerson, who drained a dagger trifecta to push the Cougar advantage to 64-58 with 1:28 remaining.
Houston would hold SMU scoreless on its final seven possessions, spanning 4:30, to seal the upset victory.
Amerson finished with seven points while Campbell posted eight points, five rebounds and three assists.
Freshman guard Bianca Winslow played valuable minutes in the first half as Landry was forced to sit, posting a career-high six points, including her first collegiate 3-pointer.
The Cougars shot 37 percent (22-of-60) from the field, including a 43-percent clip in the second half, while draining eight 3-pointers on 24 attempts. Houston was 13-of-19 from the free-throw line, while SMU was just 2-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Houston won the battle on the glass by a 46-41 margin while each team turned it over 15 times.
The Cougars will look for their third win in four games when they take to the road to face UCF at 6 p.m., CT on Thursday in Orlando, Fla.
Houston improved to 30-19 all-time against SMU and 14-8 against the Mustangs in Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars snapped SMU's three-game winning streak in the series, posting the first win since Jan. 30, 2011.
Houston handed SMU just its second loss in C-USA play and only the second defeat in the last 14 contests.
With Sunday's victory over the C-USA leader, the Cougars have defeated the top two teams in the league (Tulane) in the last three contests.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson registered her fifth-career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in 40 minutes.
Freshman guard Alecia Smith posted a team-high 18 points after averaging just 3.6 points over the last five contests.
With Marche' Amerson's two 3-pointers over the final 4:02, the freshman forward has connected on seven of her last 14 attempts from beyond the arc in the last four games.
Senior guard Porsche Landry tallied nine points in Sunday's win, surpassing Jennifer Jones (1994-98) for eighth spot on the all-time career scoring chart with 1,506 points. Landry handed out five assists for 463 career helpers and needs to average 4.8 assists over the final four guaranteed games to become the school's all-time assists leader.
Freshman guard Bianca Winslow posted a career-high six points and connected on her first-career 3-pointer in the first half.