March 1, 2014
HOUSTON--- The Cougars gave it a valiant effort on senior day, but in the end Memphis was able to edge Houston, 55-45, Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion, in what was the final home game of the season for UH.
Senior forward Te'onna Campbell fittingly led the way for Houston (5-23, 1-16 The American), as she scored a team-high 10 points and collected a game-high four steals on the day, marking the seventh time she's notched four-plus steals in a game this season.
Senior forward Destini Texada nearly notched a double-double, as she poured in eight points and grabbed seven rebounds, while senior center Yasmeen Thompson pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the loss.
Senior center Mae Woods got in the action as well, scoring four points, while going a perfect 2-of-2 from the field, as the four Cougar seniors combined to score 24 of Houston's 45 points on the day for 53 percent.
Pa'Sonna Hope led the way for Memphis (12-17, 5-12 The American), as she poured in a game-high 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, while Ariel Hearn also scored in double-figures, putting in 11 points in 29 minutes of action.
The game was tightly contested throughout, as the two sides swapped leads six separate times, while the game also featured 10 ties, which marked a season high in any game this year for the Cougars.
Memphis jumped out to a quick 8-4 advantage with 15:08 left to play in the first half, but that was as large as the lead would get for any side in the first half, as the two sides were tied nine separate times in the period.
Alecia Smith knocked down a big three-ball from the top of the arc to tie things up at 26-26 with 41 seconds left to play in the half, as Memphis eventually took a slim 28-26 lead into the intermission.
The Tigers tried take control of the game early in the second half, after they jumped out to a 34-28 lead with 16:46 to play in the game, but the Cougars refused to go away, launching an 8-2 run themselves to equalize things at 36-36 with 9:41 left.
Moments later, Campbell connected on just her fifth three-pointer of her Cougar career, and the third of her season, to sport Houston a 39-38 advantage with 8:19 left to play.
Marche' Amerson drained a jumper to bring Houston within 48-45 with 3:08 remaining in the contest, but unfortunately that was as close as things got, as UH was unable to score again the rest of the way.
Houston scored 13 points off of 20 forced turnovers and won the battle on the offensive glass, 14-10.
The Cougars will now head east to Philadelphia, where they'll wrap up the regular season, Monday at 6:00 p.m. CT vs. Temple.