March 5, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - Behind a dominant performance by Sancho Lyttle, the University of Houston women's basketball team ran past No. 9 Cincinnati 84-67 in the in the Conference USA tournament in Fort Worth, Texas.
Houston (25-3) knocked off Cincinnati who has been their biggest nemisis in the C-USA Tournament, sending Houston home three out of the last five years prior to this year.
"They're a monkey on a lot of people's backs," Houston head coach Joe Curl said. "Whenever you can beat a Cincinnati team by a half point or 10 points, it's a god win."
The Lady Cougars jumped out to a quick double digit lead behind Lyttle who scored 13 of her 15 first half points in the first eight minutes of the game and All American Chandi Jones who added 14 points before the break.
Cincinnati made several attempst to get back in the game, but could never get any closer than three points.
The combination of Jones and Lyttle wracked up 59 of Houston's 84, the most the two have combined for all season.
Lyttle scored a career high 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Houston while Jones added 25 for the Lady Cougars. Lyttle's 34-point performance ranks fifth best in C-USA Tournament History and is the second best scoring output for a Lady Cougar this season.
Lyttle said she felt like she would have a good game when she woke up in the Hotel this morning.
"When you sleep on the right side of the bed, everything works out," she said.
Joann Overstreet notched 10 points for Houston, including a three pointer in the closing seconds of the first half to give the Lady Cougars a nine-point lead. Daphnes Andre came off the bench to score 10 points in the win.
Cincinnati's Valerie King led the way for the Bearcats with 25 points while tying a tournament record with seven three pointers. Karen Twehues added 14 for Cincinnati who finishes the year with a 15-15 record.
The Lady Cougars wil be in action again Saturday afternoon when they take on the winner of the Marquette Depaul game which was being played while this story was being written.