Women's Basketball Resumes C-USA Action at Marshall

Marissa Ashton leads the Cougars in 3-pointers (21) and 3-point percentage (38.2)

Jan. 18, 2013

HOUSTON (7-8 • 1-1) at MARSHALL (6-10 • 0-3)
 Time  11 a.m. • Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013
 Location  Cam Henderson Center (9,043) • Huntington, W.Va.
 Series History  Marshall leads 5-3
 Last Time  Marshall 65, Houston 41 (1/5/12)
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The University of Houston women's basketball team returns to action after a week layoff to take on Marshall in Conference USA play at 11 a.m., CT on Sunday at Cam Henderson Center.

After opening league play with a thrilling 77-74 home win over Memphis, the Cougars suffered a narrow road loss at UAB on Sunday by a score of 54-46.

Houston (7-8, 1-1) held a one-point advantage at the break and went back-and-forth with the Blazers in the second half before going cold, failing to score for a span of six minutes down the stretch as UAB was able to hang on to a late lead.

Senior guard Porsche Landry led the Cougars with 16 points, scoring in double figures for the 14th time in 15 contests this season. Landry enters Sunday's contest ranked third in C-USA in scoring (17.3 ppg) and fifth in assists (4.3 apg) and has connected on 14 of her last 33 shots (42 percent) from beyond the arc to place ninth in 3-point percentage (35.6).

Junior forward Marissa Ashton scored in double figures for the sixth time this season with 14 points against the Blazers, going 6-of-10 from the field and 2-of-4 from distance. The Dickinson, Texas, native has drained a trey in 10 of the 15 contests this season and currently ranks sixth in the league in 3-point percentage (38.2).

Yasmeen Thompson dominated in the paint for the Cougars on Sunday, as the junior forward tallied career highs of 18 rebounds and five blocks in 37 minutes of action. Thompson has hauled in 40 rebounds (13.3 rpg) over the last three contests and ranks second in C-USA in rebounding (9.6 rpg) while leading the league in field-goal percentage (58.0).

Fans can watch all the action live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access or by clicking here. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.

Fans can also listen to all Cougar Basketball games live online with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Rusty Laverentz providing analysis during road contests. To listen live, click here or follow Audio link on schedule page at UHCougars.com.

Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link on the schedule page at UHCougars.com.

Marshall enters Sunday's contest with a 6-10 overall mark and an 0-3 record in C-USA play and looks to snap a five-game losing skid.

The Thundering Herd average just 55.6 points per game, ranking 12th in the league, but possess a stingy defense that allows only 58.9 points per contest, which ranks fourth. Marshall has found success from beyond the arc this season, draining a league-best 88 3-pointers, while also leading C-USA by allowing only 35.2 rebounds from its opponents.

Sophomore guard Shay Weaver leads the Herd with 10.8 points per game and paces the league with 43 treys at a 37-percent clip, while freshman guard Norrisha Victrum ranks second in C-USA in 3-point percentage (42.5). Sophomore forward Chukwuka Ezeigbo leads Marshall in the paint with her 6'3" frame, averaging 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while ranking third in C-USA in blocks (1.5 bpg) and fourth in field-goal percentage (52.5).

Houston and Marshall will meet for the ninth time in the C-USA series that dates back to the 2005-06 season, as the Thundering Herd hold a 5-3 advantage.

Houston has had success at Marshall's Cam Henderson Center, winning two of three contests, including a 72-54 victory over the Herd on Feb. 24, 2011, as the 25th-ranked Cougars claimed their school-record 14th-straight victory. The Cougars claimed their first win in Huntington on Feb. 26, 2009 with a 67-58 decision.

Houston fell to Marshall in the Conference USA opener by a score of 65-41 last season at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars were plagued by a slow start, scoring only two points in the opening eight minutes en route to a 34-20 halftime deficit.

Houston limited the Thundering Herd to a 30-percent shooting effort, but Marshall thrived from behind the 3-point line, draining seven treys on 15 attempts.

Senior guard Roxana Button led the Cougars with a game-high 22 points, highlighted by a 3-of-8 effort from beyond the arc, marking her fourth-straight 20-point performance.

Single-game tickets for all remaining home games and a variety of ticket packs to suit any budget are on sale now. To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.

Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

To support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GOUH or email cougarpride@uh.edu. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.



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