Women's Basketball Shocks Texas Tech On The Road 66-63
Dec. 4, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - The University of Houston women's basketball team snapped a 16-game road losing streak by knocking off previously undefeated Texas Tech 66-63 Tuesday at the United Spirit Arena.
Houston (3-6) won its first road game since February 2006 and its first game in Lubbock since Feb. 9, 1985. Texas Tech (9-1) had won each of the previous 16 meetings in the series.
"It's a great road victory for our basketball team," interim head coach Danny Hughes said. "To be able to come in, compete and beat a quality team like Texas Tech on the road speaks highly of the effort our players gave tonight. Hopefully this gives us some momentum as we go on a little road swing here."
Twiggy McIntyre (Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa HS/Kansas State) scored a game-high 17 points, 12 of them on 3-pointers. Houston built a 7-point lead midway through the second half by scoring 10 straight, including a pair of 3-pointers by McIntyre.
But Tech came back to take the lead 58-55 on a 3-pointer by Raquel Christian, who scored eight of her 11 points in the second half. The second half featured 10 lead changes.
Houston finished the game on an 11-5 run, including five from Courtney Taylor (Crockett, Texas/Crockett HS). She blocked a shot by Jordan Murphree and then drove the court and scored on a layup to give the Cougars a 4-point lead with less than a minute to play. Taylor had her second-career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
The Cougars held a 38-30 advantage in the paint and tallied 20 points off of 20 Tech turnovers. Despite being outrebounded 52-42, UH converted its 18 offensive rebounds into 17 second-chance points.
Murphree scored 14 to lead the Lady Raiders, who had won all of their games by at least 10 points. Dominic Seals had a double-double for Tech with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Cougars were held scoreless for the first four minutes of the game, shot 34.2 percent (13-38) in the first half and still managed to carry a three-point, 31-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Houston was 2-for-16 in the first 9:45 of the contest and trailed 17-4 with 10:15 remaining. Moments later, a three by McIntyre started a 27-11 run to close out the half that saw UH go 11-for-22 (.500) from the field.
UH continues a three-game road trip on Dec. 8 at Miami (Fla.). The Cougar and Hurricanes will tip it off at 1 p.m. CST at the BankUnited Center.
Fans can listen to a free internet radio broadcast of all UH games this year by clicking on the Stretch Internet Broadcast link at UHCougars.com. Streaming video for all home games will also be made available through the All-Access package at UHCougars.com.