Nov. 20, 2012
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Junior forward Yasmeen Thompson posted 21 points and 14 rebounds but the University of Houston women's basketball team suffered another heartbreaking defeat in a 76-72 loss to McNeese State on Tuesday night at Burton Coliseum.
The Cougars (0-4) traded the lead with the Cowgirls (2-1) down the stretch in the second half and took their final lead with 5:21 remaining when Thompson converted a layup to put Houston up 64-63.
McNeese State's Caitlyn Baggett, who posted a game-high 31 points, then followed with a floater off the glass to regain the one-point lead, and scored the next four points from the free-throw line as the Cowgirls lived at the charity stripe the final three minutes.
With the Cougars trailing by three with 2:23 remaining, Baggett dialed it up from long distance to extend the Houston deficit to six points.
Junior forward Marissa Ashton gave the Cougars a glimmer a hope with a bucket from downtown to cut the Cowgirl lead to two points with 28.5 seconds remaining, and had a shot to tie the game with under 15 seconds left but the shot from distance wouldn't fall.
Thompson, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., was 9-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line in 34 minutes of action. Thompson, who leads Conference USA with 13.5 rebounds per game, knocked down five of six Houston field goals over a four-minute span in the first half.
Senior point guard Porsche Landry scored in double figures for the fourth time this season with 10 points to go with two assists against no turnovers, but only played 25 minutes due to foul trouble.
Freshman forward Marche' Amerson scored in double figures for the second time in her career with 10 points to go with three assists. The Bryan, Texas, native was 3-of-8 from the field, including a 3-pointer, and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell was all over the court once again, posting nine points, eight rebounds and five steals, while freshman guard Jessieka Palmer added nine points and a career-best three assists in 28 minutes.
The Cougars took control of the contest late in the opening half, as Palmer found Thompson with a finger roll to give Houston a 28-20 advantage.
The next trip down the court, Palmer dished to Thompson in traffic again for the easy layup and Landry followed with a floater off the glass to give the Cougars a 10-point advantage with 4:28 remaining.
McNeese State then turned the tides, riding a 13-2 run, aided by a Caitlyn Baggett 3-pointer, to take a late one-point lead as the two teams would eventually go to the locker room knotted up at 37 points apiece.
For the second-straight game, the Cougars shot over 40 percent, going 25-of-60 (42 percent) from the field, while shooting 76 percent (19-of-25) from the free-throw line.
The Cougars handed out a season-high 13 assists while winning the turnover battle by an 18-19 margin.
Ashlyn Baggett, Caitlyn's sister, added 21 points for McNeese State as the duo combined for 28 free-throw attempts, marking more than Houston's entire squad. The Cowgirls totaled 38 free-throw attempts to Houston's 25.
The Cougars return home to host the second-annual David Jones Classic on Friday and Saturday. Houston will face Southeast Missouri at 5:30 p.m., on Friday and follow up with a noon tip against Northwestern State on Saturday.
Fans with a Houston football ticket for Saturday's contest against Tulane at 2:30 p.m., can gain free entrance into the Cougars' matchup with Northwestern State prior to kickoff.
The Cougars fell to 7-5 overall all-time against McNeese State and 0-4 when playing the Cowgirls in Lake Charles.
Houston has dropped all four contests this season by nine points or less for an average margin of defeat of 5.4 points.
Senior point guard Porsche Landry posted 10 points in 25 minutes, marking the fourth time this season and the 55th time in her career she has scored in double figures.
With 21 points and 14 rebounds, junior forward Yasmeen Thompson tallied her first-career double-double performance. Thompson also now averages a double-double this season with 10.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game.
Thompson has pulled down 48 boards over the last three games for an average of 16.0 rebounds per contest. Overall, Thompson has averaged 13.5 boards per game this season, leading Conference USA.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell swiped a game-high five steals on Tuesday for a season total of 19. Campbell's 4.8 steal-per-game mark currently ranks first in Conference USA.
Freshman guard Marche' Amerson registered her second-career double-digit scoring performance with 10 points on Tuesday.