Women's Basketball Hosts Tulsa on Thursday in 'Coogs for the Cure' Game
Feb. 13, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team looks to build on its thrilling comeback win over Rice when it plays host to Tulsa at 7 p.m., Thursday at Hofheinz Pavilion in the annual "Coogs for the Cure" contest.
Houston (10-12, 4-5) trailed by 14 points with 12:51 remaining on Sunday before outscoring the Owls by a 24-8 margin the rest of the way for a 53-51 victory, snapping a four-game skid.
The comeback marked only the second time in the last 11 years that a Houston team overcame at least a 14-point deficit with under 13 minutes remaining to win in regulation, as the Cougars trailed at Saint Louis by 14 with 10:44 remaining on Feb. 15, 2002.
Senior guard Porsche Landry led the charge, scoring 15 of her 17 points in the second half while contributing to 14 of 16 points in the Cougars' crucial 16-4 run down the stretch.
Landry buried a 3-pointer with just 1:59 remaining to tie the contest at 51 points apiece, and freshman guard Marche' Amerson followed with a game-winning layup over Rice's Jessica Kuster to give Houston its first lead in 36 minutes with 1:21 left to play.
Landry has scored in double figures in 20 of 22 games this season and ranks fifth in Conference USA in scoring (16.5 ppg) and second in assists (4.5 apg). With eight guaranteed games remaining, Landry needs to average 4.6 assists over that span to become the school's all-time assists leader.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson registered her fourth double-double of the season on Sunday with 10 points and 12 rebounds while also swatting three shots in 29 minutes. The Philadelphia, Pa., native, who has averaged 12.0 points and 10.5 boards over her last two games, leads C-USA in field-goal percentage (53.5), while ranking second in rebounds (8.9 rpg) and topping the league in blocks (2.0 bpg) during conference play.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell just missed a double-double against the Owls with nine points, nine rebounds and four steals. Campbell came up huge on the defensive side of the ball, shutting out Rice's Jessica Kuster (22 points, 15 rebounds) over the final 9:22 of the contest. The Ontario, Calif., native has flourished in league play, averaging 9.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 steals over the last seven games.
COOGS FOR THE CURE
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Tulsa is averaging 62.5 points per game this season and 58.6 in C-USA play, while allowing 61.7 points per contest from the opposition. The Golden Hurricane rank in the top five in the league in made 3-pointers per game (5.1) and 3-point percentage (29.9), while grabbing 40.0 rebounds per game.
Senior guard Taleya Mayberry leads Tulsa with18.6 points per game, ranking second in the league, while also ranking second in free-throw percentage (80.6) while converting 108 shots from the charity stripe, which is 23 more than the next closest competitor in C-USA. Freshman guard Kelsee Grovey has added 10.0 points per game and has combined for 67 3-pointers with Mayberry, while senior forward Tiffani Couisnard ranks fifth in the league in rebounds (8.8 rpg).
SERIES HISTORY VS. TULSA
The Cougars are 4-3 against the Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The Cougars scored only 12 points in the opening half and shot just 19 percent for a 24-12 halftime deficit before posting 41 points and shooting 43 percent over the final 20 minutes.
Houston trailed 16-0 before posting its first points of the contest at the 11:16 mark, but managed to trim the deficit down to single digits several times during the contest.