Houston Women's Basketball Set to Play Host to Southern Miss
Jan. 12, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team resumes Conference USA action with a home contest against Southern Miss Thursday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars improved to 2-0 in C-USA play with a 77-73 road victory over SMU on Sunday afternoon. Courtney Taylor (18 points, 13 rebounds) and Lesslee Mason (16 points, 13 rebounds) each posted double-doubles, while Porsche Landry and Brittney Scott also scored in double figures with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
Despite missing three games due to injury, Taylor currently ranks sixth nationally with nine double-doubles in 12 games, while ranking eighth in rebounds per game (11.5). Taylor is only 19 rebounds shy of 1,000 for her career and 31 for the all-time Houston record.
Scott drained two 3-pointers against the Mustangs on Sunday to push her career total to 183, which is just five treys shy of tying the all-time record set by Houston great Chandi Jones. Scott currently ranks second in C-USA in 3-point field goals made per game (2.7) and third in 3-point percentage (41.8).
The Cougars currently lead C-USA in rebounding (44.4 rpg), defensive rebounds (28.7 rpg) and 3-point field goal percentage (35.3), while placing second in scoring offense (74.6 ppg) and blocked shots (4.8 bpg).
ABOUT SOUTHERN MISS
Southern Miss ranks 11th in C-USA with 59.7 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 68.6 points per contest. The Lady Eagles are losing the rebounding battle by a slight 39.9-40.1 margin, while forcing 19.9 turnovers per game.
Junior transfer Rachel Vigers leads Southern Miss with 15.7 points per game, while senior Tanesha Washington has added 12.7 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per contest. Freshman guard Jamierra Faulkner is also scoring in double figures (11.0 ppg) while topping C-USA and ranking 16th nationally with 5.7 assists per contest.
Houston has won seven-consecutive games against Southern Miss in the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion for an overall record of 7-3.
Courtney Taylor has averaged 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in three-career meetings with Southern Miss, while Brittney Scott rattled off 25 points and Porsche Landry added 11 points and a career-high nine assists in last season's contest with the Lady Eagles.