Landry Shines as Houston Tops Rice, 69-59
March 3, 2013
HOUSTON - Houston senior Porsche Landry flirted with a triple-double in her final home game at Hofheinz Pavilion, posting 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to carry the University of Houston women's basketball team past cross-town rival Rice on Sunday afternoon by a score of 69-59.
Landry tormented the Owls (13-15, 5-10) all afternoon, going 11-of-27 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line while also swiping four steals in 37 minutes of action. The Houston native improved to a perfect 8-0 in her career when playing against Rice.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson nearly registered a double-double in the victory with 13 points and nine boards while going a perfect 5-of-5 from the field, and freshman guard Alecia Smith also scored in double figures with 11 points, aided by a 3-of-7 effort from 3-point range.
Landry broke a tight game open late in the first half, answering a 3-pointer by Rice with a jumper to push the Houston lead to six points with 1:06 remaining until the break.
Landry forced a turnover on the next possession and dished to freshman center Tyler Gilbert for the layup, and stole the ensuing inbounds pass for another layup to give the Cougars a 10-point advantage at the break.
The Cougars got off to a slow start offensively to start the second half, but kept a comfortable lead by earning trips to the charity stripe.
Houston (13-15, 7-8) recorded its first field goal of the second half at the 11:53 mark when Landry dished to Thompson for the three-point play to push the Cougars back out to a 10-point advantage.
Rice would trim the deficit down to just five points at the 9:52 mark when Landry came to the rescue, driving the baseline for a layup and following up with a floater off the top of the backboard that managed to roll in to push the lead back to nine points.
The Cougars led by as many as 12 points with just 3:37 remaining in the contest, but Rice had one final push, as Megan Shafer drained her third and fourth 3-pointers of the game to cut the lead to 63-59 with just over a minute to play.
Landry would answer the call, converting a pair of free throws with 44.5 seconds remaining as the Cougars were able to close the game out.
Rice's Christal Porter registered a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Jessica Kuster tallied 17 points and Shafer added 15.
The Cougars shot 47 percent (16-of-34) from the field in the first half and 39 percent (24-of-62) for the game, while limiting the Owls to a 35-percent (22-of-63) effort.
Houston turned the ball over only 11 times while scoring 15 points on 16 Rice turnovers.
The Cougars will wrap up the regular season on Thursday at 7 p.m., at Tulsa.