Dec. 1, 2013
HOUSTON--- The Cougars exploded for a season-high 43 points on 52 percent shooting in the second half, to race by Prairie View A&M 74-46, Sunday afternoon in the David Jones Classic finale at Hofheinz Pavilion.
For Houston (3-4), the win marks its second straight this season and the fourth consecutive victory in the David Jones Classic going back to last year.
Senior forward Te'onna Campbell led the Cougars in scoring for the second night in a row, as she went for 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field and earned the David Jones Classic Tournament MVP award. Freshman forward Tyler Gilbert fell just two rebounds shy of her second double-double of the season, as she put in 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Senior center Yasmeen Thompson recorded a similar performance, as she scored nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while sophomore guard Bianca Winslow chipped in with a career game of her own, putting up a career-best 10 points on an impressive 4-of-5 shooting off the bench in the win.
Junior forward Asha Hampton-Finch led Prairie View A&M (0-5) with 19 points, as she knocked down 11-of-13 shots from the free throw line.
The Cougars finished the David Jones Classic with a record of 2-0, while Kent State and Stephen F. Austin both went 1-1 on the weekend. Prairie View A&M went 0-2.
Winslow picked up a steal and took the ball all the way down to the other end for the score with just seven ticks left in the first half, as Houston took a slim 31-25 advantage of into the intermission.
That play marked just the beginning of the best stretch of basketball the Cougars have had all season, as they exploded out of the gates in the second half, launching a 12-0 run to take a 43-25 lead with 14:37 left to play, after sophomore guard Marche' Amerson buried a jumper from the left wing.
Houston's defense was also stifling, as it held the Panthers scoreless for the first six-plus minutes of the second half, while forcing Prairie View A&M to shoot just 15-of-49 from the field for 30.6 percent overall for the game.
The Cougars' advantage ballooned to as high 31 points, after freshman guard Alexia Sanders converted on an athletic and-one opportunity at the rim to make it a 66-35 lead with just 4:16 left to play.
Houston also sported its best start to a game all season, as it knocked down four of its first seven field goal attempts to race out to an 8-0 lead with just over two minutes gone by in the game.
The Cougars shot a season-best 44 percent from the field, including knocking down 3-of-6 second half three balls and connecting on 18-of-24 free throws (75 percent) for the game. Houston has now shot 75 percent or better from the charity stripe in three consecutive games.
The always-reliable Cougar bench came through once again as well, as it outscored the Panthers' reserves 33-15 for the contest. The Houston bench has outscored its opponent's bench in five of seven contests this season.
Houston will aim to keep its positive momentum rolling, as they'll go up against Washington this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. CT inside Hofheinz Pavilion in what will be the final contest of this season-long three-game homestand.
Game Notes: Houston improves to 16-0 all-time vs. Prairie View A&M...today's 28-point win marks the Cougars' largest margin of victory since defeating Tulsa 78-48 (30 points) on Jan. 6, 2011...the 74 points scored today is the most points Houston has recorded since putting up 81 points vs. Southern Miss on Jan. 24, 2013...Houston has now recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since Jan. 20 , 2013 at Marshall and Jan. 24 vs. Southern Miss...the 43 second half points recorded today is the most points Houston has scored in any half since also scoring 43 points in the second half vs. Southern Miss on Jan. 24, 2013.
David Jones Classic All-Tournament Team
Tournament MVP: Te'onna Campbell-G- Houston
All Tournament Team
Te'onna Campbell- G- Houston
Larissa Lurken- G- Kent State
Asha Hampton-Finch- F- Prairie View A&M
Daylyn Harris- F- Stephen F. Austin
CiCi Shannon-C- Kent State
Yasmeen Thompson- C- Houston
Marche' Amerson- F- Houston
Porsha Roberts- C- Stephen F. Austin