Dec. 22, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston women's basketball guards Alecia Smith and Porsche Landry combined for 45 points to lead the Cougars to a 74-61 victory over Texas State on Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston improved to 5-6 overall while Texas State fell to 6-4 on the season.
Smith, a freshman from Cedar Hill, Texas, erupted for a career-best 24 points against the Bobcats, going 10-of-17 from the field, including a 4-of-8 performance from 3-point range. Smith tallied 15 of the team's 29 points in the second half to carry the Cougars, who were without Landry down the stretch due to foul trouble. Smith also notched a career-high eight rebounds in 36 minutes of action.
Landry started off hot, posting 15 of her 21 points in the first half to lead the Cougars to a 12-point advantage at the break. The Houston native, who was 7-of-11 from the field, including a perfect 3-of-3 from long range, and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, was limited in the second half due to foul trouble.
Smith and Landry set the tone early, draining back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game for the early 6-0 lead that the Cougars would never surrender.
Smith hit a jumper to extend the Houston lead to double-digits for the first time at the 12:45 mark and Landry followed three minutes later by drawing a charge and draining a trey on the opposite end for a 24-13 advantage.
Junior forward Marissa Ashton knocked down back-to-back jumpers with six minutes remaining to push the Houston lead to 17 points, but the Bobcats would mount an 11-4 run to claw back to within 10 points at the 3:05 mark.
Landry broke up the run with her third long-range bomb of the game and junior forward Te'onna Campbell nailed a jumper at the buzzer to give the Cougars a 45-33 lead at the break, marking the most points in the first half this season.
The second half belonged to Smith, who made several big shots to answer runs from Texas State.
Houston padded its lead to 18 points at the 17:10 mark when Landry knocked down a jumper, but the Bobcats would cut the lead in half over the next four minutes.
Smith would answer the bell, snapping a 13-4 Texas State run with a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 12 points.
With under 10 minutes remaining, Smith pulled down an offensive rebound and converted the putback for a 62-49 Houston lead, and connected on another huge 3-pointer after Texas State cut the lead back to nine points with 6:45 left to play.
Smith put her finishing touches on the game with under three minutes remaining by draining a long 3-point jumper as the shot clock expired to give the Cougars a 72-57 advantage.
Ashton posted her second-career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes, while Campbell pulled down 11 boards to go with six points and four steals.
Houston limited the Bobcats' high-powered offense to just 61 points, marking the second-lowest output of the season, after entering the contest averaging 77.2 points per game, which ranked 15th nationally.
The Cougars shot a blazing 56 percent (20-of-36) in the first half and 41 percent (29-of-70) for the game, while limiting Texas State to a 38 percent (20-of-53) shooting effort.
The Bobcats had 32 free-throw attempts compared to eight for the Cougars, with 20 of their 61 points coming from the charity stripe.
Houston dominated the glass, winning the rebound battle by a 50-29 margin.
The Cougars return to action against Texas Tech on Dec. 30 in Lubbock.
Houston improved to 11-1 all-time against Texas State and 5-1 when playing the Bobcats at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars improved to 5-2 this season inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Freshman guard Alecia Smith scored a career-best 24 points, marking the most points by a freshman since Danielle Parks on Feb. 26, 2012.
Smith drained a career-high four 3-pointers on eight attempts and has connected on eight of her last 20 (40 percent) over the last four games.
Senior guard Porsche Landry extended her double-digit scoring streak to 11 games with 21 points, marking her 62nd double-figure scoring performance of her career.
With 21 points, Landry moved into 11th spot all-time on the Houston career scoring charts with 1,263 points.
Landry was a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range, connecting on 13 of her last 23 attempts (57 percent).
Junior forward Marissa Ashton posted her second-career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell pulled down 11 rebounds, marking the second game in a row and third of the season with 10 or more boards.