Women's Hoops Looks to Rebound at Tulane on Sunday
Feb. 16, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The University of Houston women's basketball team takes to the road following four straight games in the city of Houston to face Tulane at 2 p.m., on Sunday at Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Cougars (10-13, 4-6) stumbled late against Tulsa on Thursday night in a 59-55 loss, as the Golden Hurricane used an 11-0 run in less than three minutes to erase a five-point Houston lead.
Senior guard Porsche Landry posted a game-high 23 points in the loss to go with nine rebounds in 38 minutes of action. Landry, who has scored in 21 of the 23 contests this season, has averaged 19.7 points over the last three contests and ranks third on the team this season with 6.2 rebounds per contest in league play.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson grabbed nine boards with three steals and two blocks in the loss, and continues to lead C-USA in field-goal percentage (53.8) while also pacing the conference with 2.0 blocks per game in league action.
Freshman forward Marche' Amerson added eight points against the Golden Hurricane and was 2-of-4 from beyond the arc, tying her career best. Amerson ranks second on the squad with 9.2 points per contest and league play and leads all freshmen on the team with eight double-digit scoring performances.
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The Green Wave average 66.6 points per game, ranking third in C-USA, while only allowing 58.3 points per contest which places fourth in the league. Tulane is one of the top shooting teams in the conference, ranking second in both field-goal percentage (40.9) and 3-point percentage (34.1). The Green Wave spread the ball well, leading the league with 16.8 assists per game while also pacing C-USA in blocked shots (4.7 bpg).
Sophomore guard/forward Whitney Bibbins leads Tulane with 12.5 points per game and is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field to rank fifth in C-USA. Fellow sophomore guard Danielle Blagg is one of the top 3-point threats in the league, averaging 10.4 points and leading the conference in 3-point percentage (40.7). Senior guard Olivia Grayson has added 9.0 points per contest and paces C-USA in free-throw percentage (83.3), while sophomore forward Tiffany Dale (6-1) leads the league in blocks (1.7 bpg).
SERIES HISTORY VS. TULANE
The Green Wave have claimed three-consecutive wins agianst the Cougars, snapping a six-game Houston winning streak going back to the 2008-09 season.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Tulane held a 10-point advantage at the break and stormed out of the locker room, connecting on back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Green Wave a comfortable lead for the duration of the contest.
Freshman guard Alecia Smith led Houston with a game-high 23 points, connecting on a career-best seven 3-pointers on 11 attempts, marking the most by a Cougar since Brittney Scott drained seven treys on Dec. 5, 2010.