Women's Basketball Set for Sunday Showdown Against UTEP

Porsche Landry leads C-USA in scoring (20.0 ppg) and assists (6.8 apg) in league games

Jan. 26, 2013

HOUSTON (9-8 • 3-1) vs (RV) UTEP (15-2 • 3-1)
 Time  1 p.m. • Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
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 Series History  Houston leads, 13-9
 Last Time  UTEP 71, Houston 51 (Feb. 19, 2012)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team will play host to UTEP at 1 p.m., Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion in a battle of the top of the Conference USA standings.

Houston (9-8, 3-1) claimed its fourth win in the last five contests on Thursday, topping Southern Miss by a score of 81-70 to remain in a tie for second spot in the league race.

Senior guard Porsche Landry continued her stellar play, posting a team-high 17 points while tying a career best with nine assists. Landry, who has scored in double figures in 16 of the 17 games this season, currently leads C-USA in scoring (20.0 ppg) and assists (6.8 apg) in league play.

Freshman forward Marche' Amerson enjoyed a career performance against the Golden Eagles, registering her first double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to go with a career-high three blocks.

Junior forward Te'onna Campbell, who leads the league in offensive rebounds (4.5 rpg) in conference contests, nearly posted her second-straight double-double with 15 points and nine boards, while fellow junior forward Marissa Ashton added 12 points, highlighted by a 3-of-7 effort from beyond the arc.

The Cougars' 81 points in Thursday's win marked the second-highest output this season as Houston has averaged 76.3 points in its three league victories.

Single-game tickets for all remaining home games 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.

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Fans can also listen to all Cougar Basketball games live online with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Louis Ray providing analysis during home 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.

UTEP has carried its success over from last season (29-4) so far, entering Sunday's contest with a 15-2 overall record and a 3-1 mark in Conference USA play.

The Miners rank in the top four in C-USA in both scoring offense (68.4 ppg) and scoring defense (56.0), resulting in the league's top scoring margin at plus-12.4 points. UTEP has limited the opposition to a conference-low 34 percent shooting effort from the field, while grabbing a league-best 45.2 rebounds per game for a plus-8.5 margin on the glass.

Junior forward (6'1) Kayla Thornton leads a trio of Miners in double figures with 15.4 points per contest to go with 8.5 rebounds per game, while also draining 26 treys at a 32-percent clip. Senior center (6'2) Anete Steinberga averages 13.7 points while sophomore guard Chrishauna has added 10.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and a team-best 3.9 assists per game. Junior point guard Kelli Willingham is the top 3-point threat, shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc (32-of-83).

Houston and UTEP meet for the 23rd time in the Conference USA rivalry, as the Cougars hold a 13-9 advantage in the series history.

The Miners won both contests against the Cougars last season to snap a six-game skid against Houston dating back to the 2009-10 season.

Houston won all three contests against the Miners during its memorable 2010-11 season, topping UTEP at home to claim the C-USA regular season title before prevailing by four points against the Miners on their home court at the C-USA Tournament. Senior guard Porsche Landry averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 assists while shooting 45 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range in the three games against the Miners in 2011.

UTEP posted a 71-51 victory over Houston on Feb. 19, 2012 at Hofheinz Pavilion, as the Miners improved to 24-2 overall and 13-0 in league play.

The Cougars and Miners went back-and-forth for much of the first half before UTEP's size and depth took over, ending the half on a 19-9 run for a 10-point advantage at the break.

Senior guard Roxana Button led Houston with 20 points and five assists in 40 minutes of play.



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