Dec. 15, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas--- As they've been so many times this season, the Cougars were right there at the very end with a chance to win the game, but Texas State managed to hold on for a 70-63 hard-fought victory over Houston, Sunday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum.
The Cougars (3-7) trailed by as many as eight points with just over a minute to play in regulation, but Houston fought back to get within 66-63 with 18 seconds left, after Alecia Smith nailed two free throw attempts.
Houston had a chance to make things even more interesting after Texas State's Kaylan Martin missed the back end of two free throw attempts with 18 ticks left. It appeared as if the Cougars had secured the rebound off the missed free throw with a chance to cut the deficit down to either one or two points at the other end, but the ball managed to roll out of bounds after multiple Cougars battled to haul in the rebound.
Senior forward Destini Texada secured her first double-double as a Cougar, scoring a career and team-high 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the loss. Sophomore forward Marche Amerson notched her fifth double-digit scoring game of the season, as she put in 13 points in 26 minutes of action, while senior forward Te'onna Campbell scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Center Ashley Ezeh led the way for Texas State (2-6) with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while guard Ayriel Anderson collected 13 points, but on just 5-of-14 shooting for the Bobcats.
The Cougars grabbed their first lead of the game at 19-18 with 10:05 remaining in the first half, after Amerson nailed a long jumper from the left wing. The two teams would go back-and-forth throughout, as the contest featured eight lead changes and six ties with neither side pulling ahead by more than eight points.
Despite some first half foul trouble, the Cougars went into halftime with a 33-32 advantage over the Bobcats, after sophomore guard Bianca Winslow splashed home a trey from the top of the arc with just seconds remaining in the half.
Neither team was able to establish an offensive rhythm in the second half, as both defenses locked down the opposition's offense. Both teams were held to under 36 percent shooting for half.
Houston was able to win the second chance point battle 18-10 and grab 13 more rebounds than Texas State on the day.
The Cougars now look ahead to Friday, as they'll close out their non-conference schedule with a game at cross-town rival Rice at 1:00 p.m. CT.