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Cougars Drop Exhibition Opener to Lubbock Christian

Senior center Yasmeen Thompson went off for 16 points in the first half on Saturday

Nov. 2, 2013

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HOUSTON--- Yasmeen Thompson recorded a double-double, as she went off for a game-high 24 points and a team-best 10 rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting, but it wasn't enough, as Houston fell to Lubbock Christian by the final of 80-73, in an exhibition affair Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Sophomore forward Marche' Amerson scored 16 points and collected two rebounds, while sophomore guard Jessieka Palmer put in 11 points for the Cougars in the loss.

Guards Kelsey Hoppel and Nicole Hampton led the way for Lubbock Christian, as the two combined to score 41 of the team's 80 points, as Hampton went for 20 points and 15 rebounds, knocking down 3-of-4 three pointers.

Hoppel recorded a team-high 21 points, while forward Emily Pool chipped in 14 points and pulled down six rebounds in the win.

It was a closely contested game throughout, as neither team ever led by more than 10 points.

The Cougars got things going early offensively, as they jumped out to a quick 10-3 advantage within the first three minutes of the game.

Amerson quickly showed why she was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team a year ago, as she put in seven of Houston's first 14 points, helping the Cougars sustain the early lead.

However, Lubbock Christian kept things close in the first half, shooting 13-of-32 for 40 percent from the field, including knocking down 8-of-11 free throws for 73 percent.

Houston's lead ballooned to as high as 10 points late in the first half, but the Lady Chaps caught fire from the field, outscoring the Cougars 13-3 over the final 1:47 to lock things up at 40-40 at halftime.

Lubbock Christian continued to find its offense in the second half, as it sustained a 13-6 run over the first five-plus minutes of the period to claim a 46-53 advantage with 12:36 remaining.

The Lady Chaps would eventually claim a lead as large as eight with 6:08 left to play, thanks to a three-point shooting surge, where they managed to knock down three treys within a four-minute span.

However, the Cougars wouldn't go away, as sophomore guard Alecia Smith was able to cut the deficit down to 69-68 with three minutes left to play after two made free throws.

Houston shot a scorching 19-of-21 (91 percent) from the charity stripe to keep the Cougars in the game, but in the end there just wasn't enough offense, as they connected on just 24-of-82 field goal attempts for 29 percent.

The Cougars tip off the regular season next Friday, Nov. 8 at home vs. Mississippi State.


 

 

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