Feb. 23, 2013
|HOUSTON (11-14 5-7) vs SMU (20-5 11-1)|
|Time||2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
|Series History||Houston leads, 29-19|
|Last Time||SMU 58, Houston 54 (1/31/13)|
|Radio|| Listen Live
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Jeremy Branham, (play-by-play), Louis Ray (Color)
|Live Video||UH All Access|
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
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Women's Basketball Falls Short in Thriller at SMU, 58-54
The University of Houston women's basketball team failed to score over the final 2:00 of the contest as SMU eaked out a 58-54 victory on Thursday night at Moody Coliseum. The Cougars dropped to 9-10 overall and 3-3 in Conference USA play, while the Mustangs improved to 15-4 on the season and 6-0 in league action.
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team returns home to play host to Conference USA leader SMU (20-5, 11-1) at 2 p.m., on Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (11-14, 5-7) traveled to UTEP on Thursday in search of their third win in four games, but came away with a 73-55 defeat in El Paso.
The Miners led by 18 points with 16:08 remaining in the second half before Houston attempted another comeback, cutting the deficit to just seven points with 9:22 remaining as senior guard Porsche Landry rattled off 10 of the team's 14 points in a four-minute span. UTEP would answer with a 7-0 run that the Cougars would be unable to recover from.
Landry currently ranks second in C-USA in assists (4.5 apg) and fourth in scoring (16.6 ppg) and needs just three points on Sunday to become only the eighth Cougar all-time to reach the 1,500-point threshold. The Houston native, who has scored in double figures in 23 of 25 contests this season, needs to average 4.8 assists over the final five guaranteed contests to become the school's all-time assists leader.
Amerson, the reigning C-USA Freshman of the Week, has averaged 14.5 points in the last two contests and is now averaging double figures in league play with 10.1 points per game. The Bryan, Texas, native has also heated up from beyond the arc, connecting on five of her last 11 attempts (.455) from distance.
Campbell continued her solid play on Thursday, posting 10 points and nine rebounds in just 28 minutes of action. The Ontario, Calif., native has scored in double figures in seven games this season and has averaged 10.5 points and 8.7 rebounds over the last 10 contests.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson continues to pace the league in field-goal percentage (.550) and looks to become the first Cougar to finish the season as C-USA's top shooter. Thompson (8.8 rpg) and Campbell (8.0) both currently rank in the top ten in the league in rebounding at fourth and ninth, respectively.
Sunday's contest has been designated as Girl Scout Day, where all Girl Scouts, friends and family can purchase tickets for only $4. A Girl Scout workshop will begin at 1 p.m., on the concourse, while the Girl Scout Drill Team will perform at halftime.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.
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SMU comes into Sunday's contest having won 12 of its last 13 contests for a 20-5 overall record and a league-best 11-1 mark in Conference USA.
The Mustangs rank among the league leaders in nearly every offensive category, placing second with 69.6 points per contest while topping C-USA in 3-point percentage (37.5), 3-pointers made (5.6) and free-throw percentage (68.8). SMU also leads the league by limiting the opposition to just a 25.5 percent shooting effort from the field while ranking third in turnover margin (+4.0).
Junior guard Keena Mays has been the league's most prolific scorer this season, averaging 20.1 points per game while draining the third-most 3-pointers (53) at a 43-percent clip. Senior guard Alisha Filmore has averaged 12.4 points per contest and has connected on 33 trifectas, while junior forward Akil Simpson is also scoring in double figures (10.4 ppg) and averages a team-best 8.4 rebounds per contest, including a league-best 4.0 offensive boards per game.
SERIES HISTORY VS. SMU
Houston and SMU resume the rivalry for the 49th time in the series dating back to the 1980-81 campaign and the second time this season, as the Cougars hold a 29-19 advantage.
The Cougars look to snap SMU's current three-game winning streak, with the last win coming on Jan. 30, 2011, when Houston scored the final 11 points in 27 seconds for a five-point victory. Houston is 13-8 all-time against SMU at Hofheinz Pavilion.
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 5-10 against the Mustangs in C-USA action.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Houston fell just short of the upset in Dallas on Jan. 31, failing to score over the final 2:00 as SMU eaked out a 58-54 victory.
The Cougars held a 54-51 lead with 1:18 remaining in the contest before turning the ball over on the final five possessions as SMU was able to close the contest out from the free-throw line. Senior guard Porsche Landry fouled out with 31 seconds remaining with the Cougars trailing by just two points, as Houston would turn it over two more times without its floor leader.