Second Half Woes Sink Women's Basketball at UCF, 68-55
Feb. 28, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Houston women's basketball team struggled down the stretch in a 68-55 loss against UCF on Thursday at UCF Arena. The loss dropped the Cougars to 12-15 overall and 6-8 in Conference USA play.
Senior guard Porsche Landry led three Cougars in double figures with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals in 38 minutes of play.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell posted 11 points and seven rebounds while freshman guard Marche' Amerson scored in double figures for the third time in the last four games with 10 points to go with six boards.
The Cougars held its largest lead of five points with 9:06 remaining in the first half, but UCF quickly took a lead of its own as Houston's Campbell and Yasmeen Thompson were forced to sit the remainder of the half due to foul trouble.
The Cougars, who trailed by one at the break, took a one-point lead when freshman guard Jessieka Palmer drained a 3-pointer with 14:03 remaining.
UCF (12-16, 6-8) would answer with a 10-0 run to push out to a nine-point advantage at the 9:29 mark, and the Knights' Briahanna Jackson buried her fourth and fifth 3-pointers of the contest to answer Houston baskets and keep the deficit at 11 points with 5:09 left to play.
Houston would fight back and trim the UCF lead to just five points when Thompson converted two free throws with 3:38 left to play, but the Cougars failed to score a field goal over the final 4:33 as the Knights were able to pull away.
UCF's Jackson and Gevenia Carter combined for 43 of the Knight's 68 points and six of the team's eight 3-pointers. Erika Jones posted a double-double for the Knights with 11 points and 18 rebounds.
The Knights dominated the glass as Thompson was only able to play 15 minutes for the Cougars due to foul trouble, posting a 51-37 margin in the rebounding battle.
Houston shot 33 percent (21-of-64) from the field while connecting on only one 3-pointer on 12 attempts.
The Cougars return home to play host to Rice at 2 p.m., on Sunday, as Landry will play her final contest at Hofheinz Pavilion.