Scott, Women's Basketball Blast North Texas, 104-65

    Junior guard Brittney Scott's hot scoring night netted her a career-best 32 points in the Cougars' 104-65 win over North Texas.
    Junior guard Brittney Scott's hot scoring night netted her a career-best 32 points in the Cougars' 104-65 win over North Texas.
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    HOUSTON - Behind a career-high 32-point performance from junior guard Brittney Scott, the University of Houston women's basketball team scorched North Texas, 104-65, Saturday night at Hofheinz Pavilion. The victory marked the first time since a 106-54 win over Sam Houston State on Dec. 1, 2002, that the Cougars have surpassed the century scoring mark.

    The 39-point margin of victory was also the most for Houston since a 92-47 home victory over Saint Louis on Feb. 5, 2005.

    Scott, whose previous high-point mark was 27 which she had put up on three separate occasions, finally got over the 27-point hump in impressive fashion. The Orange, Texas, native set career-highs in field goals made (11-of-18), 3-point baskets made (6-of-8). For the season, Scott now has three 25+ point scoring games.

    In addition to Scott's sensational individual performance, five other Cougars reached double-figures in scoring - Courtney Taylor (14), Jasmine Johnson (13), Roxana Button (12), Brittany Mason (10) and Lesslee Mason (10).

    For Lesslee Mason, the performance was her second double-double of the season as she added a career-best 14 rebounds.

    Houston did not get off to a blistering shooting start on its home court, misfiring on nine of its first 10 shots from the floor. Despite their poor shooting start, the Cougars did take the games first four points to take the initial advantage.

    The Mean Green, however, got settled down on the offensive end and used an 8-0 run to take an 8-4 lead with 15:38 to go in the opening period.

    With her team trailing 12-8, Scott got the hot hand for UH. She scored eight straight points to put the Cougars back in front 16-12. After the Scott outburst, UH got 16 more points, including three from Scott, to make the overall run 24-0 and leave the home team up 32-12 with 8:52 to play.

    The story of the first half was Scott, who in the opening 20 minutes had already tied her career-high of 27 points helping to send the Cougars to the locker room with a 58-32 advantage.

    After their slow shooting start to the game (1-of-10), the Cougars made 21 of their last 31 shots (67.7 percent) for an overall shooting percentage in the half of 53.7 percent.

    Much like they ended the first period, Houston came out firing on all cylinders after the intermission. The Cougars started the second half on an 8-0 run as UNT misfired on their first six field goal attempts of the period.

    Trailing 68-34, North Texas tried to rally and get back into the game, rattling off a 10-2 scoring run of their own that pulled the score to 70-44. Houston had other ideas about letting its opponent back into the game, scoring seven straight points after the Mean Green run to push the lead above 30 again.

    Houston is back in action on Monday when it travels to San Antonio to face UTSA in a noon battle at the Alamodome.



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