Feb. 26, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Four players in double figure scoring and tough play down the stretch helped the University of Houston women's basketball team earn a 67-58 road victory Thursday over Marshall at the Cam Henderson Center.
Sophomore guard Brittney Scott made 4-of-5 three pointers to share the team lead in scoring at 16 points with classmate Courtney Taylor, who made 5-of-9 field goals to go along with a 6-of-8 mark from the charity stripe.
Center Cobilyn Hill chipped in with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds while tying a season-best with six blocked shots. Freshman Porsche Landry rounded out the UH players in double figures with 11 points.
The victory improves the Cougars' overall record this season to 18-9 and their C-USA record to 10-5, while Marshall drops to 14-14 on the year and 7-8 in league play.
The win was also a milestone victory for UH head coach Joe Curl, who tied former Cougar coach Dot Woodfin for the most coaching wins in program history with 175.
A pair of early steals led to fast break lay-ups for the Cougars as they jumped out at an early 6-2 lead in the opening minutes of the contest. Marshall countered by scoring the next four points to tie the game at 6-6, taking advantage of five UH turnovers in the games first eight and half minutes.
A steal by sophomore forward Brittany Mason set up a possession that netted the Cougars a three-pointer courtesy of Scott and a 9-6 lead with 10:47 to play. The basket kick started a 9-0 run for UH and left the visitors with a 15-6 advantage and 6:52 remaining on the clock.
Houston's defense was spectacular in the games first stanza, forcing seven turnovers from MU while allowing them to make only two of its first 17 shots.
Scott continued her impressive shooting in the first half as she was a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc in the half to help UH head to the locker room with a 31-23 advantage.
Landry drove to the lane to convert a pair of lay-ups on the Cougars first few possessions after the intermission as the two teams traded baskets during the second half's opening minutes.
Marshall closed the gap to six on two occasions, the last being on a lay-up by Alyssa Hammond with 2:28 to play.
UH sealed the win by scoring nie of its final 11 points from the free throw line, going 9-of-10 at the charity stripe during the game's final 4:14.
Houston concludes the regular season on Saturday when it travels to Greenville, N.C., to battle East Carolina in a 1 p.m. (CST) contest.
The 2009 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship is set to get underway on March 5-8 in New Orleans. For the past 13 years the league has awarded the championship trophy to eight different outstanding teams. Fans may purchase their tickets in advance by going through the UH ticket office (713-GO-COOGS) or Tulane Athletics at tulanegreenwave.com or 504.861.WAVE (9283). General admission All Session tickets are $50 for adults and $40 for youth, while Single Session prices are $10 for adults and $7 for youth.