March 10, 2010
TULSA, Okla. - UAB guard Amanda Peterson scored a game-high 26 points, including a C-USA Championship single-game record eight 3-points, as the sixth-seeded Blazers upset No. 2 seed Houston, 70-65, in the semifinals of the 2010 GMC Sierra Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship Wednesday evening at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The Cougars led 61-60 on a Brittney Scott layup with 3:14 left to play, but UAB outscored Houston 10-4 the rest of the way to improve to 17-14 on the year and advance to the C-USA Championship game. Houston, meanwhile, falls to 17-14 and will learn of its postseason fate when the NCAA and WNIT make their picks on Monday.
UAB will take on top-seeded Tulane, which upended East Carolina 73-64 earlier in the day, in Friday's championship game. The game is slated to tipoff at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised live nationally on CBS College Sports Network.
Down by a point, Amber Jones hit a jumper with 2:37 to play to give the Blazers a 62-61 lead they would not relinquish. C-USA Freshman of the Year Jala Harris followed a basket of her own to put UAB up by three while Brittany Mason sandwiched baskets around another Jones jumper to keep it a one-point game at 66-65 with 52 seconds to go.
That would be the Cougars final points of the day, however, and the Blazers converted on all four of its free throw opportunities down the stretch to account for the final score.
Peterson was one of three UAB players to post double-digit scoring totals as Jones added 13 and Harris had 12. Meagan Brown led the Blazers with eight rebounds while Harris posted game highs with six assists and four steals.
Lesslee Mason posted the game's lone double-double with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. She was one of four Houston players with 10-or-more points as Scott and C-USA Player of the Year Courtney Taylor had 14 each while Brittany Mason scored 10. Lesslee Mason, Porsche Landry and Jasmine Johnson had three assists each to lead the UH efforts.
NOTES (UPDATED AFTER THIS GAME)
* Wednesday's game was the Cougars' first appearance in the C-USA Championship semifinals since 2005 in Charlotte, N.C... It was the program's fifth appearance all-time in the C-USA Championship semifinals (2010, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001)
* Houston fell to 9-13 all-time at the Conference USA Championship.
* Wednesday's game was Houston's first against UAB at the Conference USA Championship.
* With 15 points and 12 rebounds, junior forward Lesslee Mason recorded her sixth double-double of the season and her career.