Cougars Look to Claim C-USA Regular Season Title Outright Against UTEP

    Lesslee Mason is averaging 12.4 points per game in C-USA play
    Lesslee Mason is averaging 12.4 points per game in C-USA play
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    Feb. 19, 2011

    UTEP (13-11 • 5-7) at Houston (21-4 • 12-0)
     Time  2 p.m. • Sunday, Feb. 17, 2011
     Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
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     Last Time  Jan. 16, 2011: W, 70-62 in El Paso, Texas
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    HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team returns home to play host to UTEP at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars can clinch the Conference USA regular season title outright with a victory against the Miners. Houston will also be seeking its 13th-consecutive win, which would tie the school record set by the 2003-04 squad.

    Houston pushed its unbeaten C-USA record to 12-0 on Thursday with a 72-56 win over Tulsa. Lesslee Mason (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Courtney Taylor (12 points, 12 rebounds) each posted double-doubles to lead the Cougars, while Brittney Scott also scored in double figures with 10 points.

    Houston features three of the top five scorers in the league as Scott and Porsche Landry are tied at third spot with 15.4 points per game and Taylor ranks fifth with 15.1 points per contest. Landry has poured in a league-best 15.4 points per game in conference contests this season, while Taylor currently ranks fourth nationally with 16 double-doubles and sixth in rebounds per game (11.6).

    Houston currently leads C-USA in scoring (74.8 ppg), scoring margin (+9.2), rebounding (44.3 rpg), defensive rebounds (28.7 rpg) and field goal percentage defense (37.0), while ranking second in blocked shots (4.8 bpg) and third in turnover margin (+2.6), 3-point percentage (33.4) and free-throw percentage (69.0).

    The Cougars are currently receiving votes in both the AP Top 25 Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

    The Miners have dropped four of their last five in C-USA play to fall to 13-11 overall and 5-7 in league action.

    UTEP is a hot-shooting team offensively, ranking fourth in C-USA in scoring (70.1 ppg), while leading the league in field goal percentage (43.1) and 3-point percentage (35.0). The Miners also pace the conference in rebound defense, holding opponents to only 35.0 rebounds per game.

    Seven players currently average at least 6.0 points per game, led by junior forward Gloria Brown's 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest. Brown leads the league in field goal percentage (56.5) and ranks third in blocked shots (2.0 bpg).

    The Cougars and Miners will meet for the 16th time since 1987, as Houston holds a 10-6 advantage in the series. The Cougars are 4-3 against UTEP at Hofheinz Pavilion.

    Houston won its fourth straight against UTEP on Jan. 16 in El Paso, holding off a furious rally for the 70-62 victory. Courtney Taylor led the Cougars with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Brittney Scott (15), Lesslee Mason (12) and Porsche Landry (12) also scored in double figures.

    The Cougars return to the road for contests against Marshall (Feb. 24) and Rice (Feb. 27).



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