Dec. 20, 2004
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Jayme Connors' layup with 7.1 seconds left broke a tie and lifted Long Beach State to a 54-52 win over the 15th-ranked University of Houston women's basketball team Monday night at The Pyramid.
After calling a timeout, UH (9-2) had a chance to win the game, but Daphne Andre's 3-pointer at the top of the key as the horn sounded was off the mark to give the Lady Cougars their second straight loss.
It was the first time in more than a year that the Lady Cougars endured back-to-back losses.
Senior forward Sancho Lyttle led the Cougars with 11 points and 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double this season and the 21st in her career. Senior point guard Overstreet led UH with 15 points, while senior guard Daphne Andre added 13 points in the losing effort.
Trailing 35-27 at the halftime break, the Lady Cougars erupted on a 16-7 run to start the second half and took a 43-42 lead after a pair of free throws from Crystal Simpson. The two teams went back and forth from there and found the score tied again at 47-47 when Sancho Lyttle picked up her fifth foul of the night - all in the second half - with 7:07 remaining in the game.
The 49ers took advantage of Lyttle's absence by scoring the next five points over a four-minute stretch, thanks to free throws from Aisha Hollans and Crystal McCutcheon and a McCutcheon layup with 3:17 left in the game.
The Lady Cougars pulled to within three points after Overstreet stole the ball from 49er guard Candice Wilson and took it the all the way for a layup and tied the game when Andre buried a 3-pointer from the corner with 2:05 remaining.
Both teams missed multiple shots in the ensuing two minutes. The Lady Cougars had a chance when Overstreet missed a jumper with 36 seconds remaining and grabbed her own rebound. However, her follow-up shot was off the mark as well, setting the stage for Connor's eventual winning shot.
McCutcheon led all players with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, while Hollans finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lady Cougars will now take some time off for the Christmas and New Year holidays before returning to action against Sun Belt Conference member New Mexico State at 6 p.m., Jan. 3 in Las Cruces, N.M.
From there, the team opens Conference USA play at Tulane on Jan. 7 and at Southern Miss on Jan. 9.