Nov. 19, 2004
HOUSTON, Texas - The 2004 season began with a flourish for the University of Houston, as the Lady Cougars stepped up the defensive pressure against the visiting Shockers of Wichita State, forcing 25 turnovers and limiting the opposition to just 27 percent shooting en route to a 69-41 season-opening victory at Hofheinz Pavilion.
With the win the Lady Cougars improve to 1-0 on the season, while the Shockers drop to 0-1. Next up for Houston is a Sunday afternoon tilt with North Texas at 2 pm at Hofheinz.
The Lady Cougars jumped all over the Shockers from the outset, running off to a 34-18 halftime lead. Houston began the game on a 14-2 run fueled by All-America candidate Sancho Lyttle's six points during the stretch. Lyttle led all scorers with 15 points, and she came within a rebound of a double-double with nine boards.
After the quick start for the Lady Cougars, the Shockers slowed things down a bit and climbed to within seven, 20-13, with eight minutes to play in the first half; however, the Lady Cougars closed with a 14-5 run to pretty much seal the deal.
Houston began the second half the same way they did with the first: intense defensive pressure on the ball. The Shockers only had two points in the first eight minutes of the game, and by then the Lady Cougars had stretched the advantage to 46-20 on a three-pointer by freshman Jasmin Moore. Moore's debut as a Lady Cougar was quite successful, as she hit four-of-nine from beyond the arc for a season-high 12 points.
Senior point Joann Overstreet was the model of perfection on both ends of the court. Offensively, she scored eight points while handing a team-high seven assists, and on the defensive end she pocketed a career-best nine steals while pulling down eight rebounds.
The Lady Cougars held a 55-42 advantage on the boards, while coming up with 15 steals and four blocked shots. Ten of the 12 Lady Cougars who played scored at least two points.
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