Women's Basketball Hosts Memphis in C-USA Opener on Thursday
Jan. 9, 2013
HOUSTON - Fresh off a thrilling overtime victory, the University of Houston women's basketball team opens Conference USA play against Memphis at 7 p.m., Thursday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (6-7) look to snap the Tigers' six-game winning streak while extending their own streak of five-straight wins against Memphis at Hofheinz Pavilion dating back to the 2003-04 season.
Houston relied on a career performance from senior guard Porsche Landry on Sunday as the Cougars rallied back to triumph over Delaware State in overtime. Landry nearly registered a triple-double with 30 points and career highs of nine rebounds and nine assists in 43 minutes of action.
After holding a 10-point lead at the half, the Cougars found themselves trailing by six with less than five minutes remaining when Landry took over, scoring 18 of the team's 25 points over the final 9:19 of the contest, including 12 points in the five-minute overtime period.
With her 30-point effort, Landry moved into 10th spot on the Houston career scoring chart with 1,301 points, and needs only four more assists to reach the 400-assist milestone, which ranks third in school history. The Houston native currently ranks fifth in C-USA in assists (3.9 apg) and sixth in the league in scoring (16.9 ppg).
Freshman guard Alecia Smith scored in double figures for the second time in the last three games with 16 points on Sunday, including a clutch 3-point bucket to open the overtime period. Smith has averaged 16.3 points over the last three contests and has connected on nine of her last 24 attempts from beyond the arc to join the league leaders in 3-point percentage (29.8).
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson returned to form in Sunday's win, notching her third double-double of the season and the first since Nov. 27 with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Philadelphia, Pa., native continues to lead C-USA in field-goal percentage (62.7) and ranks second with 8.8 rebounds per game.
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ABOUT MEMPHISMemphis enters Thursday's contest riding a six-game winning streak for an overall record of 9-5. The Tigers return two starters and six letterwinners from last season's squad that went 25-8 overall and 13-3 in Conference USA.
Memphis features the league's top scoring offense, averaging 73.5 points per game, while giving up the most points in C-USA at 66.4 points per contest. The Tigers have shot a league-best 44 percent from the field and also excel at the free-throw line, ranking second with a 68-percent clip. Memphis has won the rebounding battle by a plus-4.1 margin while forcing 20 turnovers per game.
Senior forward Nicole Dickson paces the Tigers with a league-best 20.7 points per contest and also leads the squad on the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game. Dickson is also a threat beyond the arc, ranking third in the league with 32 3-pointers. Freshman guard Ariel Hearn has averged 15.0 points per game and ranks fourth with 4.4 assists per contest.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MEMPHISHouston and Memphis will resume the C-USA rivalry for the 23rd time dating back to the 1996-97 season, as each team has claimed 11 wins.
The Cougars are 6-5 against the Tigers at Hofheinz Pavilion and have won five consecutive games at home dating back to the 2003-04 season.
Houston had won eight-straight contests against Memphis overall until the Tigers snapped the streak with a 69-41 victory last season at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
LAST TIME THEY METThe Cougars saw their eight-game winning streak against the Tigers snapped last season by a score of 69-41 at Elma Roane Fieldhouse in Memphis.
Houston held the Tigers to a 28-percent shooting effort in the first half and trailed by nine early in the second half before going scoreless for a span of over seven minutes as Memphis used a 17-0 run to pull out to a 49-23 advantage.
ALL ALONE AT THE TOPSenior point guard Porsche Landry belongs in an elite club of one in Houston women's basketball history as the only Cougar to record at least 1,200 points (1,301) and 375 assists (396).
Landry poured on 30 points in Sunday's overtime victory to climb into 10th spot on the all-time career scoring chart at Houston, surpassing Darla Simpson (1988-92) with 1,301 points, while handing out nine assists to increase her career total to 396, which ranks third in school history.