March 7, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Houston women's basketball team couldn't keep up with a hot-shooting Tulsa squad on Thursday night, falling to the Golden Hurricane by a score of 76-63 in the regular season finale at Reynolds Center.
The Cougars wrapped up the regular season with a 13-16 overall record and a 7-9 mark in league play, locking in the No. 9 seed at next week's Conference USA Championship in Tulsa.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson led three Cougars in double figures with 17 points and eight rebounds, going 5-of-6 from the field and 7-of-11 from the free-throw line in 28 minutes.
Freshman guard Marche' Amerson drained a career-best four 3-pointers on seven attempts en route to a 16-point effort, while senior guard Porsche Landry added 12 points, seven points and seven assists.
The Cougars cut a once 12-point second-half deficit down to four with under nine minutes remaining but didn't have an answer on the defensive end as Tulsa shot 58 percent (15-of-26) from the field in the second half and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Thompson was unstoppable in the first half, scoring 12 of the team's first 19 points before picking up her second foul with under eight minutes remaining, as Tulsa took advantage with a 10-2 run to push out to a 31-21 lead.
The Cougars stormed back to tie the contest with under a minute left after back-to-back treys from Amerson and freshman guard Bianca Winslow, before two late free throws gave Tulsa a two-point lead at the break.
Amerson helped the Cougars erase a 12-point deficit with back-to-back 3-pointers to pull within five at the 9:36 mark, and junior forward Campbell knocked down a jumper to push within four points with 8:09 left to play.
The two teams would trade baskets before Tulsa's Kadan Brady connected on two of her four 3-point buckets in back-to-back possessions to give the Golden Hurricane a commanding 15-point lead with just 4:34 remaining.
Campbell posted a game-high 15 rebounds to go with six points and three assists, while Winslow tallied a career-best six points off a perfect 2-of-2 effort from distance.
Houston shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the field while knocking down seven 3-pointers on 20 attempts (35 percent) and going 8-of-16 from the charity stripe.
The Cougars dominated the glass by a 44-33 margin while turning the ball over 16 times compared to nine Tulsa miscues.
Houston will learn its opponent in Wednesday's opening round game of the C-USA Championship on Friday night following the conclusion of the Tulane vs. UTEP contest. The Cougars will face either UCF or UTEP depending on the outcome of Friday's game.