Lady Cougars top Marquette, advance to finals

March 6, 2004

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The University of Houston Lady Cougars benefitted from a 13-0 run to open the second half and turn what was a three-point halftime advantage over Marquette into a insurmountable lead. The 11th-ranked Cougars advanced to the Conference USA championship game with a 67-59 win over Marquette, the first trip to a conference tournament final in school history.

Marquette responded after the Houston run to close the gap to five with 8:35 left in the contest. Joann Overstreet scored six of her eight points in that span to help Houston (26-3) in the winning effort. Overstreet's three pointer with 7:56 left snapped the 6-2 run by the Golden Eagles which trimmed the advantage to five. Houston led by as many as 11 in the final three minutes.

Marquette (21-9) was able to cut the Houston lead to seven with 1:14 left, but made just one field goal in the final 3:30.

Houston (26-3) forced 22 turnovers and held Marquette to 36.5 percent from the field. The Cougars were paced by 20 points from first-team All C-USA selection Chandi Jones. Houston forward Sancho Lyttle was 7-of-8 from the floor, pacing Houston's 46.3 percent shooting day. Lyttle scored 18 in the game and grabbed 12 rebounds for her second double double of the tournament.

Daphne Andre scored in double figures for the second consecutive game adding 10 points while Joann Overstreet scored eight points and disshed out six assists.

Marquette was led by 14 points from senior guard Kelly Schwerman.

The Lady Cougars will face the winner of the TCU and Louisville game which was being played at the time of this article.



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