Nov. 13, 2012
HOUSTON - Despite four players scoring in double figures, the University of Houston Women's Basketball team dropped an 83-74 decision to Alabama in the home opener at Hofheinz Pavilion on Tuesday night.
The Cougars (0-2) battled foul trouble throughout the contest, as senior point guard Porsche Landry played only 19 minutes, contributing 13 points and four rebounds.
Houston went into the break trailing by six at 39-33, and Alabama (2-0) immediately opened the second half of play with a 3-pointer to push the deficit to nine points.
The Cougars cut the Crimson Tide lead to five at the 17:42 mark when Landry dished to junior forward Yasmeen Thompson for a layup, but Alabama answered with a long-range bucket, which would be the story of the night.
Houston would attempt one more rally, as Thompson converted two free-throws to trim the deficit to six and junior forward Te'onna Campbell followed with a fastbreak layup to close to within four points at 63-59 with 8:30 remaining.
Alabama would answer once again, however, converting a four-point play on the other end for its ninth 3-pointer of the contest to put the game out of reach.
Thompson also enjoyed a career night for the Cougars with nine points, 17 boards and three blocks in 39 minutes, while freshman forward Marche' Amerson tallied 10 points and five rebounds.
Daisha Simmons led Alabama with 22 points, highlighted by a 4-of-6 effort from long range, while Shafontaye Myers added 19 points aided by five buckets from downtown.
The Cougars turned the ball over 27 times compared to 21 Alabama miscues, while outrebounding the Crimson Tide by a 61-59 margin.
Houston shot 39 percent (29-of-75) from the field while limiting Alabama to a 29-percent (25-of-85) shooting effort, but the Crimson Tide knocked down nine 3-point buckets to the Cougars' one.
The Cougars return to the road to face Yale at 8 p.m., CT on Saturday in New Haven, Conn.
Houston fell to 3-2 all-time against Alabama, suffering its first loss to the Crimson Tide since Dec. 20, 1991.
The Cougars dropped to 32-7 all-time in home openers at Hofheinz Pavilion.
With 13 points, senior point guard Porsche Landry scored in double figures for the 53rd time in her career.
Landry's two assists pushed her past Tye Jackson (2005-08) into sole possession of fourth place all-time with 351.
Landry also moved into 18th place on the career scoring charts, surpassing DeJuena Carter (1983-87) and Toni Mooney (1980-84) with 1,100 points.
Freshman guard Jessieka Palmer scored a team-high 19 points, marking her second-straight double-digit scoring performance to open her career.
In just her second game at Houston, junior forward Yasmeen Thompson pulled down 17 rebounds, marking the 15th most all-time in a single game.
Freshman guard Marche' Amerson tallied 10 points, marking the first double-digit scoring performance of her career.
With 10 points and 12 rebounds, junior forward Marissa Ashton tallied her first-career double-double.