Houston Rally Falls Short Against Marist, 78-70
Dec. 20, 2010
LAS VEGAS - The University of Houston women's basketball team whittled down a 17-point second-half deficit to three points, but couldn't come any closer, suffering a 78-70 setback to Marist in the championship game at the Duel in the Desert Tournament.
The Cougars shot only 29 percent (8-of-28) from the field in the opening half, while Marist (9-2) drained six first-half 3-pointers to take a 39-25 lead into the break.
Houston would get down by as many as 17 points at the 16:49 mark, and trailed 56-40 with 11:52 remaining before mounting a furious 15-2 run to cut the deficit to only three points.
Brittney Scott rattled off eight points during the four-minute run, while the Cougars held the Red Foxes without a field goal for over five minutes.
After Marist pushed the lead back out to eight points, Jasmine Johnson, Porsche Landry and Brittney Scott all pulled off acrobatic layups while being fouled as Houston climbed back to within four points with 2:24 remaining, but the Cougars wouldn't get any closer.
Scott led Houston with 19 points, going 6-of-15 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Courtney Taylor posted her eighth double-double with 10 second-half points and 12 rebounds, while Landry also scored in double figures with 10 points.
Johnson provided a spark once again off the bench, scoring nine points off a 4-of-6 shooting effort and handing out two assists.
Lesslee Mason added seven points and six boards, while swiping a team-high two steals.
Erica Allenspach led Marist with 34 points and eight rebounds in 36 minutes. Allenspach was 11-of-18 from the field, including a 5-of-8 effort from downtown.
The Cougars and Red Foxes split the rebounding battle at 43 apiece, as Houston outrebounded Marist by a 23-16 margin in the second half.
Houston shot 44 percent in the second half for a 38-percent effort (24-of-64) for the game, while shooting only 23 percent (3-of-13) from beyond the arc and 63 percent (19-of-30) from the charity stripe.
The Cougars return to play on Dec. 28th against No. 19 Georgetown at Hofheinz Pavilion.