March 13, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Houston women's basketball team couldn't overcome a cold shooting effort in the second half on Wednesday afternoon, falling to UCF by a score of 74-59 in the opening round of the Conference USA Championship at Tulsa Convention Center.
The Cougars ended the season with a 13-17 overall record, while the Knights improved to 14-17 on the season.
Senior guard Porsche Landry tallied a team-high 19 points and four steals in her final collegiate game while handing out three assists to become the school's career leader with 483 helpers.
Freshman forward Marche' Amerson scored in double figures for the 13th time this season with 15 points off a 5-of-13 effort from the field, including a 2-of-5 mark from 3-point range, while fellow freshman Alecia Smith added 11 points.
Houston shot a blazing 52 percent (16-of-31) in the first half due in large part to Landry's perfect 7-of-7 effort from the field, as the senior posted 16 points in the opening 16 minutes as the Cougars went into the break tied with the Knights at 38-38.
The Cougars suffered a big blow less than three minutes into the second half, as Landry picked up her fourth foul, forcing her to sit for the next 10 minutes.
UCF scored the first eight points of the second half before Amerson and freshman guard Bianca Winslow stopped the skid with back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to four at the 14:24 mark.
The Knights answered with a 12-2 run over the next 7:23 to jump out to a 14-point lead as the Cougars struggled to find a rhythm offensively without Landry on the court.
Landry scored her first points of the second half with her third trey of the contest with 3:27 remaining to cut the UCF advantage down to nine points, but the Knights' Briahanna Jackson buried a deep 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to kick the deficit back to 12 with 2:30 left to play.
Landry found Amerson open for a 3-point bucket with 1:39 remaining to cut the deficit back to nine and set the school record with her 483rd career assist, but the Knights were able to rely on free-throw shooting to close the contest.
After Houston's red-hot start, the Cougars shot just 23 percent (7-of-30) from the field in the final 20 minutes, while UCF shot 45 percent (30-of-67) from the field for the game and connected on six of 15 shots from beyond the arc.
Gevenia Carter and Jackson combined for 47 points for UCF, while Erika Jones posted a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds.