Nov. 17, 2012
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Porsche Landry tallied a game-high 30 points but the University of Houston women's basketball team couldn't overcome a hot-shooting Yale squad in an 84-82 loss at John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday night.
Houston held a two-point lead at the half but the Bulldogs quickly built a nine-point advantage as Yale hit five of its first six shots en route to a 50-percent shooting effort in the final 20 minutes of play.
The Cougars would answer with a 10-0 run as junior Te'onna Campbell started the rally for the Cougars with a layup and followed with another layup after freshman guard Bianca Winslow swiped the ball and found her streaking down the court to cut the deficit to three.
After another Yale turnover, Landry converted a jumper off the glass to pull within one and Winslow followed with two free throws as the Cougars took a one-point lead.
Campbell struck again, driving the lane for a bucket and Landry followed with a layup after a dish from Campbell to put the Cougars up by five at 73-68 with 5:55 remaining in the contest.
The Bulldogs then tallied six-straight points in just over a minute to reclaim a one-point lead, and Yale's Megan Vasquez followed with a three-point play to push the advantage to four points 3:25 remaining.
Yale's Jenna Graf followed up with a 3-pointer, which was the Bulldogs' sixth of the contest, to extend the lead to seven, but the Cougars would fight back, as Landry converted a 3-point play to cut the deficit back to four with 1:15 remaining.
Campbell forced a steal and converted the layup to trim the lead to two with 30 seconds remaining, but Yale, which was a perfect 14-of-14 from the charity stripe, knocked down both free throws to regain the four-point advantage.
Freshman guard Marche' Amerson drained a jumper with 13 seconds remaining, and after a missed layup on the other end, junior forward Yasmeen Thompson fed fellow junior Marissa Ashton the ball, who launched a 3-pointer at the buzzer that just missed.
Landry, a senior from Houston, scored the third-most points in her storied career off a 13-of-31 effort from the field and a 4-of-5 mark from the free-throw line.
Campbell scored in double figures for the first time in her Houston career and nearly missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Campbell, who scored 14 of her 15 points in the final 20 minutes, swiped a career-best seven steals to go with three assists.
Ashton added nine points and five rebounds, while Thompson dominated in the paint with eight points, 17 boards and three blocks. The Philadelphia, Pa., native matched her career high in rebounds for the second-straight game, which ranks as the 15th-most in a single game.
The Cougars jumped out of the gate, mounting a 15-2 run capped off by a Jessieka Palmer 3-pointer to take a 20-8 advantage at the 10:28 mark in the opening half.
Yale countered with a 15-5 run over a five-minute span to trim the Houston lead to two, which the Cougars would hold at the break.
The Cougars shot 41 percent (35-of-85) from the field while the Bulldogs shot at a 42-percent clip (32-of-76). Yale found success from beyond the arc, draining six 3-pointers compared to just two for the Cougars.
Houston was edged in the rebound battle by a 50-47 margin, while forcing 24 Yale turnovers compared to only 15 Cougar miscues.
Houston returns to action to take on McNeese State at 7 p.m., on Tuesday in Lake Charles, La.