Women's Basketball Returns to Face Rice in Televised Matchup
Feb. 8, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team will look to get back on track on Sunday when they face cross-town rival Rice at noon at Tudor Fieldhouse in a contest televised on FOX Sports Net.
The Cougars (9-12, 3-5) dropped their fourth-consecutive game on Thursday against East Carolina, as the Pirates drained 10 3-pointers en route to a 68-59 victory. Thursday's contest marked the fourth-straight game against a team currently in the top four spots of the Conference USA standings.
Senior guard Porsche Landry bounced back from a season-low six-point performance with her first-career double-double on Thursday against East Carolina, posting 19 points and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes of action. Landry has scored in double figures in 19 of 21 games this season and ranks second in the league in assists (4.5 apg) and fifth in scoring (16.5 ppg).
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson nearly registered a double-double as well with 14 points and nine rebounds to go with three blocks in 28 minutes of play. Thompson, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., continues to pace C-USA in field-goal percentage (53.7) while tying for tops in the league with 1.9 blocks per game in conference action.
ON THE AIR
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. 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.
The Owls rank 11th in the league in scoring with 57.3 points per game while allowing 62.3 points per contest from the opposition. Despite only averaging 3.0 3-pointers per game at a 25-percent clip, the Owls have also been stingy on their opponents beyond the arc, holding the opposition to 27-percent shooting and just 3.9 treys per contest. Rice has thrived on the boards, ranking second in the league in rebounding (45.1 rpg) and rebound margin (+4.7).
Junior forward (6-2) and two-time C-USA First-Team selection Jessica Kuster paces the Owls with 16.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, which ranks fourth and first, respectively, in the league. Freshman forward (6-1) Megan Palmer is also scoring in double figures with 10.3 points per contest and leads the Owls in field-goal percentage (43.0).
SERIES HISTORY VS. RICE
Rice won all three contests last season against the Cougars, including a 64-50 victory in the first round of the C-USA Championship in Memphis, to snap an eight-game losing streak against Houston.
Rice head coach Greg Williams is no stranger to Houston, having coached the Cougars from 1985-90, where he led them to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Houston erased an early 10-point deficit with an 18-7 run to take the lead with less than two minutes remaining and went into the intermission down just two points, but failed to score for nearly eight minutes to begin the second half as Rice jumped out to a 46-34 advantage.
Senior Roxana Button tallied 19 points in her final game in a Houston uniform, scoring in double figures in 26 of the 29 games, while freshman forward Amanda Lawson added nine points and nine rebounds.
Rice won all three meetings against the Cougars last season, escaping Hofheinz Pavilion with a 58-50 victory before posting a 68-40 rout in Tudor Fieldhouse.