March 13, 2013
In its 10th overall meeting, UCF defeated Houston, 74-59, to knot the series at five games each Wednesday in the first round of the Conference USA Championship at the Tulsa Convention Center. With the loss, Houston finished the season with a record of 13-17 and a 7-9 Conference USA mark.
The loss marked the final collegiate game for just one Cougar - senior Porsche Landry who set Houston career marks in the game with 121 career starts and 483 career assists.
Wednesday's game marked the second time this season the teams met as UCF posted a 68-55 victory over the Cougars on Feb. 28 in Orlando, snapping back-to-back Houston wins in the series.
The game was just the second neutral site meeting in the 10-game series. UCF defeated Houston, 79-66, in the 2009 Conference USA Championship in New Orleans.
The quintet of Porsche Landry, Alecia Smith, Yasmeen Thompson, Marche' Amerson and Te'onna Campbell started its 18th straight game together. Landry, Amerson and Campbell have started all 30 games this season while Thompson has 28 starts on the year and Smith has 26.
The record was one of two career records set by Landry as the 5-1 point guard set the UH all-time assists record as she finished with three helpers Wednesday to give her 483 for her career. Landry surpassed the previous record of 482 set by Betty Darthard (1980-84).
Landry, who had 16 points at half, eclipsed the double-digit mark for the 27th time this season and the 78th time in her career as she finished the game with 19 points.
The senior finished the first half perfect on the floor as she hit all seven of her first half field goal attempts including two three pointers. Landry did not record a miss until 2:58 left in the second half.
Hampered by a fourth foul that was picked up with 17:20 remaining in the second half, Landry finished with just three points in the back end of the game.
Landry finished her career with 1,578 points in her career, ranking seventh on the Houston career charts. Including the scoring chart, Landry finished her career in the top 10 on 15 different Houston career charts.
Freshman forward Marche' Amerson set the Houston single-season record for starts for a freshman Wednesday as the member of the Conference USA All-Freshman team started her 30th game of the season.
Amerson finished with 15 points, giving the first-year Cougar her 12th game this year with double digits.