Nov. 30, 2013
HOUSTON--- The Cougars trailed by as many as eight points with 12:56 left to play in the game, but behind a game-high 16-point performance by senior guard Te'onna Campbell, Houston rallied past Kent State, 54-44, Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion in game two of the David Jones Classic.
Campbell's 16-point outing was just one shy of tying her career high, as she connected on 6-of-9 shots from the field, while also pulling down four rebounds in 34 minutes of action. Sophomore forward Marche' Amerson collected 11 points and recorded a game-high three steals to round out the double figure scorers for the Cougars.
Center CiCi Shannon collected a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds, while Ashley Evans scored 11 points and pulled down eight boards for the Golden Flashes in the loss.
Houston (2-4) missed six straight field goals to open up the second half, as it fell behind by eight points with just over seven minutes gone by, but the Cougars responded with an 18-5 run over the next eight-plus minutes to take a 44-39 lead with 5:52 left to play.
The Cougars knocked down six free throws in the final two minutes of regulation and connected on a season-best 80 percent (16-of-20) from the free throw line to ice the game.
Houston shot just 9-of-33 from the field for 27.3 percent in the first half, compared to Kent State's 9-of-19 from the field for 47.4 percent, but Houston forced 13 turnovers and won the second chance point battle 10-2 to take a 24-19 lead into halftime.
The Cougars ended up forcing 25 Kent State (1-5) turnovers in the game and won the second-chance point battle 17-9, while the Cougar bench outscored its opponent's bench for the fourth time this season.
Houston will try and put together consecutive wins for the first time this season, as it takes on Prairie View A&M tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. CT in the David Jones Classic finale.
Stephen F. Austin and Kent State will play tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. CT in the first game of tomorrow's action.
Game Notes: Today's win over Kent State marks the school's first ever victory over the Golden Flashes (1-0)....the 44 points given up tonight by the Cougars were the least amount surrendered since giving up 42 points in a 55-42 win over UTSA on Nov. 27, 2012...Houston now has won three straight games in the David Jones Classic going back to last season, while it improves to 3-2 in the tournament all-time...the 80 percent free throw shooting tonight was the highest percentage the Cougars have shot from the charity stripe since shooting 81 percent at UTEP on Feb. 21, 2013.