Dec. 2, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The University of Houston women's basketball team couldn't overcome a rocky start on Sunday, falling to TCU by a score of 60-51 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Cougars had their four-game winning streak snapped to drop to 4-5 overall, while the Horned Frogs improved to 3-2 on the season.
Senior point guard Porsche Landry led Houston with 17 points, six assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes of action. Landry was 7-of-11 from the field, including a 1-of-3 effort from 3-point range, and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line.
Freshman forward Marche' Amerson scored in double figures for the second straight game with 12 points to go with six rebounds in 34 minutes.
After Landry opened the contest with layups on back-to-back possessions to give the Cougars an early 4-0 lead, the Frogs mounted a 22-4 run over a span of seven minutes while holding Houston without a field goal to take a commanding 22-8 lead.
Houston clawed back to trim the deficit to single digits at 24-16 when Amerson connected on a triple with 7:21 remaining in the opening half, but the Frogs jumped back out to a 15-point advantage off their fifth three-pointer at the 3:01 mark.
Amerson cut the deficit back to 10 when she drained another 3-pointer and followed with an offensive rebound and a putback after a missed free throw.
TCU connected on its sixth three-pointer of the half with just over a minute to play, but the Cougars were able to cut the deficit back to nine at the break after a long-range bucket from Marissa Ashton.
Landry took control of the game to begin the final 20 minutes, hitting a fadeaway jumper from the baseline to cap a run of 11 straight points and cut the TCU lead to 38-36.
The Cougars cut the deficit to two points again at the 12:25 mark when junior center Yasmeen Thompson grabbed an offensive rebound and converted the layup, but the Frogs responded with a 9-2 run to take a 51-42 lead with 8:16 remaining.
Houston opened the second half connecting on six of its first 13 attempts from the field, but went cold during TCU's run, going only 4-of-23 for the remainder of the contest.
The Cougars had one final surge to climb within five points with just over a minute remaining after a layup from freshman guard Jessieka Palmer and a three-point bucket from freshman guard Alecia Smith, but couldn't come any closer.
Thompson added four points and a team-leading nine rebounds, while Smith posted seven points, seven rebounds and three steals.
The Cougars shot a season-low 29 percent (19-of-65) from the field while limiting TCU to a 34-percent (21-of-62) shooting effort.
Houston dropped the rebounding battle by a 48-44 margin, while only turning the ball over nine times compared to 14 TCU miscues.
After playing five games in 10 days, the Cougars will get a six-day break before returning to play on Saturday at 2 p.m., against Creighton at Hofheinz Pavilion. Saturday's contest is part of a doubleheader with the men's basketball team, who takes on Texas Southern at 5 p.m.