Nov. 21, 2004
HOUSTON - Senior center Sancho Lyttle scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while senior point guard Joann Overstreet dished out 14 assists to lead the University of Houston women's basketball team to an 88-65 win over North Texas on Sunday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Despite the 23-point margin of victory, the game was closer than it appeared with UNT taking a 40-39 lead into the locker room at the halftime break. However, the Lady Cougars took advantage of an 18-0 run over a 7:16 span early in the second half to break the game open.
Erika Bobo connected on a pair of free throws with 16:54 remaining in the game to give the Mean Green a 47-45 lead. However, that would be the last time that UNT would score until Talicia Sanders' jumper at the 9:38 mark.
During that run, the Lady Cougars forced seven UNT turnovers and capped the rally on a pair of free throws from Overstreet. Senior guard Daphne Andre led the way with two jumpers and a pair of free throws, while senior center Kiemona Harris scored five points during the Lady Cougars' big surge.
UNT would never get closer than 13 points the rest of the way. After UNT shot 51.6 percent (16-of-31) in the first half, the Lady Cougar defense held the Mean Green to only 25 points on 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) shooting in the final 20 minutes.
With the win, the Lady Cougars improved to 2-0 for the second time in the last three seasons. In addition, UH has scored more points in its first two games to open a season since the 2000-01 team scored 169 combined points.
Overstreet's assist total for the fifth most in UH single-game history. The Killeen, Texas, native also scored 10 points while playing all but one minute in the game and finished just two steals short of a triple double, setting another single-game high.
The Cougars remained steady from the field throughout both halves, hitting at least 48 percent of their shots in each. Andre came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points, thanks in part to a pair of 3-pointers.
Kelsie Edwards led four UNT players in double digits with 14 points. Bobo scored 12 points, while Mia Ajekwu scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Natalie Mireles finished with 10 points in the losing effort.
The Lady Cougars continue their homestand to open the season at 7 p.m., Wednesday when they play host to Creighton at Hofheinz Pavilion.