Nov. 24, 2003
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Houston women's basketball team didn't take a lead in their overtime thriller with the University of Northern Iowa until the extra period, but the Lady Cougars were able to get the pull ahead when they needed to, completing their trip to Iowa with a 63-58 win over the Panthers.
Trailing 53-51, Chandi Jones knocked down a jump shot with 31 seconds to play to tie the game. After the Panthers turned the ball over with four seconds to play Jones got one last shot to win the game in regulation, but her three point attempt was no good, sending the game to overtime.
In overtime the Cougars (3-0) looked inside the post to senior Amanda Barksdale for their offense. Barksdale and fellow senior Nicole Oliver scored all 10 of Houston's points in the overtime, while the Lady Cougar defense gave up just five points, all on free throws.
Barksdale came up with her best game as a Lady Cougar with 15 points, none bigger than the six she scored in overtime to help Houston pull away from the Panthers. Barksdale said she just wanted to do anything she could to help her team win.
"Anything I can do to get a win is what I want to do," she said. "Tonight it was in the point's category sometimes it will be defensively and rebounding but tonight it was points. We wanted to come to Iowa and sweep our three games and we did it."
Four Panthers finished with double digits led by Amy Swisher's15 points, Kim Hansen and Emily Berry both scored 13 while Alex Cook finished with 12.
For Houston, Jones fouled out of the game just 23 seconds into overtime, but still led all scorers in the game with 20 points. Sancho Lyttle also fouled out of the game for Houston, but scored 13 points before her early exit. Oliver came up big with nine points for Houston while also grabbing nine rebounds.
The Lady Cougars will be in action again Friday night when they take on New Mexico State University at Hofheinz Pavilion at 7 p.m.