Nov. 30, 2004
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In big games seniors need to step up and in this case it was forward Daphne Andre, as her career-best 21 points, including the final seven points of the game, helped lead the University of Houston to an upset of #14 Purdue in one of UH's biggest wins in school history.
With the impressive road win the Lady Cougars improve to 6-0 on the year, while Purdue falls to 3-1.
With 2:44 left to play in the game Purdue took the lead, 57-56, for only the second time in the contest, but it was all Andre from that point on. First, Andre hit a jumper with less than two minutes to play to regain the lead for Houston. Then after a missed jumper by Purdue's Erin Lawless, Andre drilled a three-pointer from the corner to push the advantage to four points.
Purdue countered with a Tye Jackson trey, but after an exchange of possessions, Andre was fouled after a steal, and she promptly nailed both of her free-throw attempts. A last second shot by the Boilermakers missed the mark, the Lady Cougars had snapped Purdue's 69-game home win streak over unranked non-conference opponents.
Fueled by 11 first-half points by the All-America candidate Lyttle and nine points from Simpson, the Lady Cougars jumped out to a 36-30 halftime lead. With senior guard Joann Overstreet running the UH offense, the Lady Cougars shot 57.1 percent from the field while holding a slight 17-15 rebound advantage.
The Lady Cougars scored the first five points of the game on a three-pointer by Simpson and a short jumper by Lyttle. Houston was able to increase its first-half lead to 10 points on three different occasions, with the final one coming at the 6:19 mark when Lyttle again knocked down a short jumper to make the score 25-15.
Houston held the lead, 32-23, with a little over three minutes to play in the half before Purdue began to slice into the lead. The Boilermakers outscored the Lady Cougars, 7-4, down the stretch to head into halftime with the 36-30 UH advantage.