Dec. 30, 2003
Despite scoring just 17 points in the second half, the University of Houston women's basketball team slipped past the Texas A&M Aggies at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas Tuesday night 46-40.
The Lady Cougars (7-2) started the game with an offensive explosion, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first 6:51 of the game. The quick lead was built by the amazing inside play of Sancho Lyttle who scored 10 points on five of six shooting in the first eight minutes of play. Lyttle closed out the first half with a double double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The second half saw a dramatic change in rhythm for the Lady Cougars, who scored just six points in the first 15:59 of the half. Lyttle was sidelined with foul trouble for most of the half, but her jumper with 4:01 to play in the game put Houston up 37-35 after the A&M had tied the score for the first time in the game.
The game remained close for the final four minutes as the two teams traded baskets, but Houston's Chandi Jones sank a layup to put the Lady Cougars up four with 59 seconds to play.
After A&M's Toccara Williams sank a free throw with 48 seconds to play the Lady Cougars turned the ball over, but Jones swatted Mindy Garrison's shot attempt. The play resulted in a Lyttle layup following a missed free throw to seal the win for Houston.
Lyttle finished the game with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Jones added 15 points and nine boards. Jones moved to third on the Conference USA all-time scoring list with 2,151 points.
The Lady Cougars will be in action again Saturday afternoon when they take on the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. at 2 p.m.