Women's Basketball Falls 83-80 In Exhibition Finale

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    HOUSTON - Ryan Meyers (Arlington, Texas/Arlington HS/Grayson County CC) completed her return from a hand injury with a double-double, but a poor shooting second half allowed the Houston Jaguars to escape with an 83-80 win over the University of Houston women's basketball team in exhibition action Friday on Guy V. Lewis Court at Hofheinz Pavilion.

    Meyers, who missed all but nine games in 2006-07, was 9-for-14 from the field with 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    The loss spoiled the debut of interim head coach Danny Hughes who has taken over the head coaching reins while Joe Curl recovers from a mild heart attack suffered last Sunday. Curl, who remains hospitalized at Methodist Hospital, underwent successful bypass surgery Friday morning.

    The Cougars were handcuffed by an 11-for-37 (.297) shooting performance in the second half and a 15-for-30 (.500) effort from the charity stripe.

    Leading 47-37 at halftime UH jumped out to a 13-point advantage, 53-40, after Courtney Taylor (Crockett, Texas/Crockett HS) knocked in a layup with 18:18 left in the game. The Cougars would score only one field goal over the next 8:10 and were outscored by the Jaguars 18-9 during that span, whittling UH's lead down to one at 63-62 with 10:19 left.

    After trading buckets, the Cougars had a 7-1 run keyed by a Twiggy McIntyre (Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa HS/Kansas State) three-pointer at the nine-minute mark, moving the lead to seven at 72-65 with 7:14 to go.

    Over the next 5:06, the Jaguars had a 10-4 run of their own while UH committed five of its 13 second-half turnovers, giving the visitors their first lead of the second half, 77-76, with 2:08 left.

    UH took the lead back with 1:45 to go after a layup by Cobilyn Hill (Houston, Texas/Eisenhower HS). Brandy Jones knocked down a jumper on the Jaguars' next possession, and Darla Simpson added a free throw seconds later to put UH in an 80-78 hole with 1:12 to go.

    A layup by Meyers with 41 seconds left knotted things at 80, but Barbara Turner made a jumper seven seconds later to put the Jaguars back on top 82-80. After Taylor missed a layup on the next possession and was forced to foul, Simpson split a pair of free throws to make the margin three, 83-80, with 16 seconds left.

    McIntyre, in her UH debut after sitting out last season, had a shot at a tying three with four seconds left, but came up short, handing the Cougars the 83-80 loss. She finished with 17 points after draining four triples.

    Taylor added 17 points and eight rebounds in her first appearance for UH while fellow freshman Hill grabbed seven boards.

    Turner and Marla Brumfield were the only two Jaguars players in double figures, finishing with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

    The Cougars finished with 22 turnovers, which were turned into 21 points by the Jaguars. UH won the battle inside, grabbing 25 offensive rebounds for 16 second-chance points and also outscoring the Jaguars in the paint 28-20.

    UH trailed for most of the first half but an 11-2 run that spanned just under two minutes had the Cougars up 28-23 with 8:17 left.

    The lead moved to as many as eight and eclipsed double digits after Meyers fired in a jumper with 53 seconds left putting UH up 46-35. The Jaguars scored only one field goal in the last 3:30 of the half, but timely free throws kept the lead at 10, 47-37, at the end of the half.

    UH is scheduled to begin the 2007-08 season on Nov. 9 against Texas Southern. That game, scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff at Hofheinz Pavilion, will lead into the UH men's team season opener at 8 p.m. against Morehead State.

    Tickets for all home games are now on sale online at www.UHCougars.com or in person at the UH Athletics Ticket Office. Season ticket packages start at $50 with single-game tickets pricing starting at $5.



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