Nov. 23, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston women's basketball guards Porsche Landry and Alecia Smith combined for 34 points to lead the Cougars to a 61-44 victory over Southeast Missouri on the opening day of the David Jones Classic Friday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Landry posted a game-high 19 points to go with five offensive rebounds, three assists and two steals in 34 minutes. The senior from Houston carried the Cougars early, posting 12 of the team's first 17 points.
Smith made the most of her first collegiate start, recording 14 points, three steals and three assists against only one turnover in 35 minutes. The freshman from Cedar Hill, Texas, was 5-of-10 from the field while burying a career-best three 3-pointers on five attempts.
Landry started off hot, scoring eight of Houston's nine points in just over two minutes, including her first two long-range buckets of the season, as the Cougars held an early 11-7 advantage.
The Redhawks (2-3) closed a seven-point deficit to just two points with 4:16 remaining in the opening half as the Cougars went almost five minutes without points, but Te'onna Campbell broke the skid with a nice post move for a layup.
Smith followed with a 3-pointer and Yasmeen Thompson gave Houston a nine-point advantage when she pulled down an offensive board and converted the layup.
The Cougars struck once more with 43.5 seconds remaining when Tasha Tubbs drilled a trey to cap off a 10-0 Houston run for a 31-19 halftime advantage.
Smith opened the final 20 minutes of play with another 3-point bucket to give the Cougars a 15-point lead early on, but the Redhawks battled back to within five points with 6:51 remaining in the contest.
With just over four minutes left to play, Campbell split a pair of free throws, with Thompson rebounding the miss and converting the putback for a nine-point lead.
On the next trip down, Marissa Ashton posted a layup off an inbounds pass from Campbell, and after another defensive stop, Smith struck again with a long-range bomb to extend Houston's lead to 14 with 2:05 remaining.
Landry capped off her performance by posting a 3-point play after driving in from the corner and banking the shot off the glass with 1:27 left to play.
The Cougars held Southeast scoreless for over seven minutes down the stretch, going on a 12-0 run to put the contest away.
For the third-straight game, Thompson pulled down double-digit rebounds with 10 to go with nine points in 35 minutes of play.
Campbell tied a career-best with nine rebounds and also registered six points, two assists and two steals.
The Cougars shot 38 percent (23-of-61) from the field and knocked down a season-best seven 3-pointers on 21 attempts (33 percent), while the Redhawks shot 39 percent (18-of-46) from the field and 32 percent (6-of-19) from long range.
Houston outrebounded Southeast by a 40-30 margin, including a 19-7 advantage on the offensive glass. The Cougars also forced 22 turnovers to only 14 Houston miscues.
Houston returns to action at noon on Saturday against Northwestern State on the final day of the David Jones Classic.
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. Parking will be available in the main parking garage on Holman Street for $10.
The Cougars claimed a 61-44 victory in the first-ever meeting with Southeast Missouri.
With 19 points, senior point guard Porsche Landry has scored in double figures in all five contests this season and 56 times in her career.
Landry moved into 15th-place all-time in career scoring, surpassing Roxana Button (2008-12) with 1,169 points.
Landry handed out three assists, needing only three more to tie Kip Anderson for third spot all-time.
Yasmeen Thompson pulled down 10 rebounds against the Redhawks, marking the third-straight game the junior has posted double-digit rebounds. Thompson has hauled in 58 boards over the last four contests.
Alecia Smith made her first collegiate start on Friday and scored in double figures for the first time in her career with 14 points.