Women's Basketball Set for Sunday Showdown Against UTEP
Jan. 26, 2013
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.
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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).
SERIES HISTORY VS. UTEP
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.
LAST TIME THEY MET
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.