Women's Basketball Set for C-USA Road Opener at UAB
Jan. 12, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Winners of three of the last four contests, the University of Houston women's basketball team will face UAB in the Conference USA road opener at 2 p.m., on Sunday at Bartow Arena.
The Cougars (7-7, 1-0) opened league play with a thrilling 77-74 victory over Memphis on Thursday at Hofheinz Pavilion, snapping the Tigers' six-game winning streak.
For the second contest in a row senior guard Porsche Landry flirted with a triple-double, posting 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Landry has totaled 53 points, 18 assists against only eight turnovers and 17 rebounds in the last two contests and currently ranks third in C-USA in scoring (17.4 ppg) and fifth in assists (4.3 apg).
Freshman forward Marche' Amerson erupted for a career-best 20 points and eight rebounds against the Tigers, while fellow freshman Alecia Smith added 13 points and seven boards. Smith notched her third double-digit scoring performance in the last four games and has averaged 15.5 points while connecting on 12 of her last 31 (39 percent) shots from beyond the arc during that span.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson tallied eight points and 12 boards against the Tigers, marking the second-straight double-figure rebounding performance and the seventh of the season. The Philadelphia, Pa., native continues to lead the league in field-goal percentage (59.8) while ranking second in rebounding (9.0 rpg).
ON THE AIR
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The Blazers have excelled on the defensive side of the ball, limiting the opposition to just 53.0 points per game, which ranks second in C-USA, and a 35-percent shooting effort from the field. UAB has forced nearly 22 turnovers per game compared to 16.4 miscues and is averaging 13.4 steals per game, which also ranks second in the league.
Senior guard Amber Jones leads the Blazers with 13.9 points per game and ranks fifth in C-USA in 3-point percentage (36.6). Junior forwards Karisma Chapman (12.9 ppg) and Ashley Grimes (10.7 ppg) are also scoring in double figures, while Chapman leads the squad in rebounding (6.5 rpg) and ranks third in C-USA with 3.4 steals per contest.
SERIES HISTORY VS. UAB
UAB claimed a 67-43 victory over the Cougars in Houston last season, posting a 38-10 run as Houston suffered through an extended scoring drought. The Cougars won the last meeting in Birmingham on Jan. 20, 2011, overcoming an eight-point halftime deficit as Porsche Landry tallied 19 of her 24 points in the second half to send Houston to a 74-65 victory.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Houston held an early 16-13 advantage at the 6:45 mark of the first half when UAB converted its first bucket in over nine minutes en route to a 21-6 run to close the half. The Cougars remained cold for the opening five minutes of the second half, as UAB extended its run to 38-10 to put the contest out of reach.
ALL ALONE AT THE TOP
Landry poured on 23 points in Thursday's win over Memphis to push her career total to 1,324, which ranks 10th in school history, while handing out nine assists to increase her career mark to 405, becoming only the third player all-time to surpass 400 career dimes.