Nov. 26, 2004
HOUSTON - For the third consecutive game, the University of Houston women's basketball team used a big run to take to an 86-61 win over Wisconsin on Friday in the first game of the Houston Classic at Hofheinz Pavilion.
After falling behind 45-41 with 15:27 remaining in the game, the Lady Cougars exploded on an 21-1 run over the next 6:46 to turn a four-point deficit into a comfortable 16-point cushion.
Earlier this week, the Lady Cougars used a 24-4 run and an 18-0 run against Creighton and North Texas, respectively, to take control of those two games.
With the win, the Lady Cougars won their ninth straight game at Hofheinz Pavilion dating back to last season. In addition, head coach Joe Curl recorded his 104th career victory at UH, tying Jessie Kenlaw for second place in the Lady Cougar records book.
Wisconsin (2-1) took a 36-35 lead into the locker room at halftime after holding the Lady Cougars to only 37.8 percent from the field during the first 20 minutes. The Badgers pushed their lead to 45-41 early in the second half on Jolene Anderson's jumper. However, Wisconsin would manage only one free throw - courtesy of Jordan Wilson for more than six-and-a-half minutes.
During that run, the Lady Cougars forced five of Wisconsin's 26 turnovers and got six points apiece from senior point guard Joann Overstreet and senior forward Sancho Lyttle. In the entire second half, the UH defense limited Wisconsin to only 29.0 percent from the field on 9-of-31 shooting.
Three Lady Cougars scored at least 20 points with Lyttle's 22 points lead all scorers. The St. Vincent, British West Indies native also grabbed 11 rebounds to record her third consecutive double-double and the 16th of her career.
Overstreet scored a career-high 21 points, thanks to four 3-pointers. In addition, the Killeen, Texas, native dished out a game-high seven assists with only one turnover and swiped three Badger passes for UH.
Senior guard Daphne Andre added a personal best 20- points in the winning effort. Senior center KiKi Harris grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, tying for the third most in UH single-season history. Harris proved to be an efficient rebounder at both ends of the floor, grabbing nine offensive and nine defensive boards.
Anderson scored 18 points, including four treys to pace the Wisconsin offense. Wilson added 10 points and tied with guard Stephanie Rich for team-high honors with seven rebounds apiece.
The tournament continues at 2 p.m., Saturday as Wisconsin and Middle Tennessee square off in game two at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Lady Cougars wrap up their homestand at their own Houston Classic at 7 p.m., Friday when they play host to Middle Tennessee at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Fans can tune into the game on KGBC 1540 AM with pregame slated to start at 1:45 p.m. Spencer Drake will call all the play-by-play action with former Lady Cougar basketball player Angela Curl providing color analysis.
In addition, fans always can tune into Lady Cougar Basketball at www.UHCougars.com.