Nov. 24, 2004
HOUSTON - Only two days after setting a career mark in rebounds, University of Houston senior forward Sancho Lyttle topped that mark and tied another with 34 points and 18 rebounds in leading the Lady Cougars women's basketball team to an 80-63 win over Creighton on Wednesday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
A native of St. Vincent, West Indies, Lyttle connected on 13-of-25 shots to guide UH to its third consecutive win to open the 2004-05 season. It also was the Lady Cougars' eighth straight win on their home court dating back to last season.
Lyttle's rebound total bested her previous high of 16, tied on Monday night against North Texas, and gave her her second consecutive double-double, the 15th in her career. In addition, her board mark was only 10 rebounds shy of Creighton's entire team total as the Lady Cougars used their size advantage to outrebound the Bluejays 58-28.
As they did against North Texas on Monday, the Lady Cougars took advantage of a big run to break open a close game. On Wednesday night, they exploded offensively in the first half, though.
Codi Walker drilled a jumper to give the Bluejays a 7-4 lead with 16:49 remaining in the first half. However, the Lady Cougars jumped out on a 24-4 run over the next 9:56 and grabbed a 28-11 lead on a Lyttle jumper at the 6:53 mark. Lyttle led five Lady Cougars who scored during the surge with eight points.
The Lady Cougars took a commanding 39-21 lead into the locker room at the halftime break. Creighton cut that lead down to 49-37 on Angie Janis' layup with 14:38 remaining in the game. However, that would be as close as the Bluejays would get the rest of the night. Lyttle connected on a field goal and drilled two free throws during the next 30 seconds to seal the win.
Lyttle's point total equaled her previous best set against Cincinnati on March 6, 2004. However, she wasn't the only Lady Cougar scoring points on Wednesday.
KiKi Harris tied her single-game high with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting and grabbed a career-best-tying 11 rebounds for the Lady Cougars. Guard Crystal Simpson set a single-game high with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while guard Daphne Andre added 11 points in the winning effort.
Angie Janis led Creighton with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. Christy Erickson was the only other CU player in double digits with 10 points. Guard Kristi Woodard, who had entered Wednesday's game as Creighton's leading scorer with 19.0 ppg, was held scoreless and missed all nine of her shots from the field.
The Lady Cougars continue their homestand and open play at their own Houston Classic at 7 p.m., Friday when they play host to Wisconsin at Hofheinz Pavilion.