Nov. 24, 2012
HOUSTON - Porsche Landry and Yasmeen Thompson combined for 33 points as the University of Houston women's basketball team ran away with a 67-51 victory over Northwestern State at the David Jones Classic on Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (2-4) won their second game in as many days, both coming by double-digit margins.
Thompson posted a game-high 18 points as the junior forward was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field in 34 minutes of action. The Philadelphia, Pa., native added six rebounds and two blocks on the afternoon.
Landry scored in double figures for the sixth time this season with 15 points and handed out a season-high six assists against only four miscues in 28 minutes. Landry, who tallied her first two 3-pointers of the season on Friday, buried four more on her first four attempts in the opening half against the Lady Demons.
The Cougars charged out of the gate as Landry connected on her first 3-pointer to open the scoring and Thompson posted an acrobatic layup to give Houston the early 7-0 advantage.
Landry struck again with another long-range bomb and then dished to Thompson in the lane for easy layups on back-to-back possessions as the Cougars extended their lead to 16-7.
Landry pushed the lead to 10 two minutes later with her third 3-pointer and drained another long-range bucket at the 7:40 mark to cap a 10-0 Houston run for a 30-13 advantage.
With just over a minute remaining in the opening half, freshman guard Marche' Amerson joined the 3-point party with a bucket from downtown and Landry again found Thompson in transition on the next possession as Houston held a 39-16 lead at the break.
Houston opened the final 20 minutes of play in the same fashion, as Amerson knocked down a jumper after the Cougars forced a steal on the Lady Demons' opening possession.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell converted a jumper off the glass at the 17:34 mark, capping a 23-3 Houston run as the Cougars held a 43-16 advantage while holding Northwestern State scoreless for nearly nine minutes.
The Lady Demons (4-2) whittled the 27-point deficit down to 15 with less than eight minutes to play before Thompson gave the Cougars their first field goal in five minutes with an offensive rebound and putback.
When Northwestern State cut the deficit back to 15 with 5:38 remaining, freshman guard Jessieka Palmer took over, hitting a stepback jumper from the baseline and following with a spin move in the paint for a layup on the next possession to push the lead back to 19, allowing the Cougars to coast for the remainder of the contest.
Palmer notched her third-career double-digit scoring performance with 12 points in 16 minutes off a 4-of-11 performance from the field and a 4-of-6 effort from the free-throw line.
Campbell hauled in a career-best 12 rebounds to lead the Cougars on the glass while also registering six points, two assists and two steals.
Amerson pitched in with nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes of action.
The Cougars shot a blazing 52 percent from the field in the first half and 45 percent (26-of-58) for the game, while connecting on six of 22 3-pointers.
Houston limited Northwestern State to a 36-percent (20-of-55) effort from the field, while outrebounding the Lady Demons by a 39-33 margin.
The Cougars also handed out a season-high 16 assists and only turned the ball over 11 times while forcing eight steals.
Houston returns to action to play host to UTSA at 7 p.m., on Tuesday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars won their first meeting with Northwestern State since 1980 to even the overall series at 3-3.
Houston won its second contest in two days by an average margin of victory over 16.5 points.
With 15 points, senior point guard Porsche Landry notched her sixth-straight double-digit scoring performance and the 57th of her career.
Landry handed out a season-high six assists, passing Kip Anderson (1978-81) for third place all-time on the career assists chart with 364.
With 18 points, junior forward Yasmeen Thompson extended her streak of games with at least 10 points or rebounds to five. Thompson has averaged 13.0 points and 12.8 rebounds per game over that span.
Thompson went a perfect 8-of-8 from the field on Saturday to increase her shooting percentage to 73 percent (30-of-41) on the season. Thompson was 12-of-13 from the field in two games at the David Jones Classic this weekend.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds on Saturday and is second on the team this season with 8.8 rebounds per game.
Freshman guard Jessieka Palmer scored in double figures for the third time this season with 12 points, including eight points in the final 5:28 of the contest.