Women's Basketball Travels to Face League-Leader SMU on Thursday
Jan. 30, 2013
DALLAS - The University of Houston women's basketball team will look to remain near the top of the Conference USA standings when it takes on league leader SMU (14-4, 5-0) at 7 p.m., on Thursday at Moody Coliseum.
Houston (9-9, 3-2) suffered its second conference defeat on Sunday in a 65-54 loss to UTEP (16-2, 4-1), who pulled away late in a back-and-forth contest.
Freshman forward Marche' Amerson led the Cougars in scoring with 11 points and earned her first-career Conference USA Freshman of the Week award after averaging 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in two contests last week. The Bryan, Texas, native registered her first-career double-double against Southern Miss on Jan. 24 with 15 points and career highs of 11 boards and three blocks.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds in the loss to the Miners and averaged 11.5 points and 12.5 rebounds last week against UTEP and Southern Miss. Campbell, a native of Ontario, Calif., leads C-USA in offensive rebounding (4.4 rpg) in league contests, while also pacing the team and ranking third in the conference in overall rebounding (10.0 rpg) in league action.
Senior guard Porsche Landry added 10 points against UTEP on Sunday, scoring in double figures in 17 of the 18 games this season. Landry, who ranks second in C-USA in assists (6.0 apg) and third in scoring (18.0 ppg) in league games, ranks ninth all-time at Houston in career scoring (1,391 points) and needs just eight assists to move into second spot all-time in school history (426 assists).
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The Mustangs are averaging 69.3 points per game, which ranks second in the league, while limiting the opposition to just 58.3 points per contest. SMU is one of the top shooting teams in the league, ranking third with a 41-percent effort from the field while draining 95 3-pointers at a league-best 38 percent.
Junior transfer Keena Mays has made an immediate impact in 10 games with SMU, leading the Mustangs with 20.3 points and 4.5 assists per game. Senior guard Alisha Filmore is also scoring in double figures with 11.9 points while junior forward Akil Simpson has added 9.9 points per contest. Mays leads a dangerous 3-point shooting squad, draining 30 treys at a 45-percent clip, while Filmore (23-of-69) and junior guard Korina Baker (24-of-56) are also threats beyond the arc.
SERIES HISTORY VS. SMU
The Cougars are 13-8 all-time against the Mustangs at Moody Coliseum with the last win coming on Jan. 9, 2011 in a 77-73 decision.
Houston dominated the early part of the rivalry, winning the first 20 games before current SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola took over in 1991. Houston held a 24-9 advantage in Southwest Conference games and is 5-9 against the Mustangs in C-USA action.
SMU won both meetings against the Cougars last season, snapping Houston's three-game winning streak in the series.
LAST TIME THEY MET
With the contest knotted up at 16 points apiece with six minutes remaining in the opening half, the Cougars could only muster one field goal down the stretch as SMU built a 10-point lead at the break.
Houston would cut the deficit to three midway through the second half, but the Mustangs used a 10-1 run to put the contest out of reach.
Senior guard Roxana Button knocked down a historic 3-pointer early in the game, becoming the 22nd Cougar to join the school's, 1,000-point club.