Dec. 8, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Houston women's basketball team won its second-straight road game, holding on for a 63-62 victory over Miami, Saturday at the BankUnited Center.
Miami (4-5) had five shots to tie or win the game in the final minute but all fell short. Albrey Grimsley's jumper with less than a second left ended up in the hands of Tye Jackson (Houston, Texas/Westfield HS/Purdue) as the buzzer sounded.
The Cougars had taken the one-point lead after Twiggy McIntyre (Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa HS/Kansas State) sank a pair of free throws with 1:04 left.
Jackson grabbed another of her eight rebounds on the next possession but made an errant pass that sailed out of bounds, giving UM a shot at their last-second flurry of attempts.
Houston (4-6), winners of consecutive road games for the first time since 2006, held a 17-point lead with 8:13 to go after opening the second half on a 22-9 run.
The Cougars forced Miami into five of its seven second half turnovers during that span and were 13-for-17 (765) from the field.
Leading 58-41 after a triple by Jackson, Miami would start a 21-3 run over the next six-and-a-half minutes enabling the Hurricanes to take a 62-61 lead with 1:09 to go.
UH turned passive, did not attack the basket and turned it over eight times during that span struggling to find an answer for the Hurricanes' full-court press.
UM's run was keyed by four-straight three pointers with Epiphany Woodson and Maurita Reid each hitting a pair. Reid had a game-high 20 points, with 13 coming in the second half. Woodsen finished with 11 while Grimsley had 12.
Whitney James (Edmond, Okla./Edmond Memorial HS/North Oklahoma College) scored a season-high 13 points along with six rebounds, but fouled out with 3:16 remaining.
Jackson had a team-high 15 points and tied Taylor for the game high with eight boards. Jackson also added a season-best 7 assists and two steals. Taylor scored 12 and was 6-for-8 from the field while McIntyre had 11 along with six assists.
UH held a 15-12 advantage on the offensive glass, converting 25 second-chance points and outrebounding UM 39-31 overall.
Houston's 24 turnovers were its second-most of the season and Miami turned those into 21 points.
The Cougars held a slim one-point lead at the half, 27-26, after a nip-and-tuck opening 20 minutes that featured five lead changes.
McIntyre knocked down three triples in the half to lead all scorers into the locker room with nine points.
Former UH football player Marquay Love was in the stands for the game. Love now plays for the NFL's Miami Dolphins.
UH concludes a three-game road swing next weekend against Akron, the teams' second road trip to Ohio in the last month. The Cougars and Zips will square off at 1 p.m. CST at the James A. Rhodes Arena.
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.