Women's Basketball Set for Road Tilt at UCF

Junior center Yasmeen Thompson continues to lead C-USA in field-goal percentage (.544) and paces the conference in blocks (1.6 bpg) in league play

Feb. 27, 2013

HOUSTON (12-14 • 6-7) at UCF (11-16 • 5-8)
 Time  6 p.m. • Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013
 Location  UCF Arena (10,000) • Orlando, Fla.
 Series History  Houston leads, 5-3
 Last Time  Houston 66, UCF 53 (2/26/12)
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The Last Meeting
February 26, 2012
Hofheinz Pavilion
Parks Saves Senior Day as Houston Tops UCF, 66-53
Freshman guard Danielle Parks erupted for a career-high 24 points to propel the University of Houston women's basketball team to a 66-53 upset win over UCF on Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Houston women's basketball team returns to action following its win over league leader SMU when it takes on UCF at 6 p.m., CT on Thursday at UCF Arena.

The Cougars (12-14, 6-7) have knocked off the top two teams in Conference USA in the last three games, handing SMU just its second league loss on Sunday by a score of 58-54.

Freshman guard Alecia Smith snapped a recent slump with a game-high 18 points, going 7-of-15 from the field and 4-of-9 from 3-point range with seven rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes of play.

Junior center Yasmeen Thompson registered her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes. Thompson continues to lead the league in field-goal percentage (.544) and looks to become the first Cougar all-time to lead C-USA in that category at season's end.

Senior guard Porsche Landry added nine points and five assists and currently ranks second in the league in assists (4.5 apg) and fourth in scoring (16.3 ppg). The Houston native is one of only five players nationally averaging at least 16.3 points, 5.2 assists and 4.5 assists per game, and needs to average 4.8 assists over the final four guaranteed contests to become he school's all-time assists leader.

After scoring in double figures in back-to-back games, freshman forward Marche' Amerson was held scoreless for the first 36 minutes on Sunday before knocking down two crucial 3-pointers to help the Cougars knock off SMU. Amerson, who ranks second on the team with 8.7 points per game, has connected on nine of her last 19 attempts (47 percent) from beyond the arc.

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UCF reeled off four consecutive victories prior to dropping each of its last two contests to enter Thursday's game with an 11-16 overall record and a 5-8 mark in Conference USA play.

The Knights are averaging 58.9 points per game while their opponents have scored 61.3 points per contest. UCF excels in the turnover battle, forcing nearly 21 turnovers per game, which ranks second in C-USA, while also placing third in steals (11.7 spg) and fourth in turnover margin (+3.1).

UCF is led by a pair of guards, as senior Gevenia Carter (14.5 ppg) and freshman Briahanna Jackson (14.2 ppg) rank ninth and 10th, respectively, in C-USA in scoring. The duo is also a terror on the defensive side of the ball, as Jackson and Carter rank second (3.3 spg) and fourth (2.7 spg), respectively, in the league in steals. Junior forward/center Erika Jones (6'2") has added 8.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, which ranks fifth in the conference.

Houston and UCF will meet for the ninth time in the Conference USA series that dates back to the 2005-06 season, as the Cougars hold a 5-3 advantage. Houston is 2-2 against the Knights in Orlando.

The Cougars have claimed the last two meetings, prevailing on senior day last season at Hofheinz Pavilion by a score of 66-53, while Houston overcame a three-point deficit with under a minute remaining for a 71-68 victory in its last action in Orlando on Jan 27, 2011.

Houston posted a 66-53 victory over UCF last season on Senior Day at Hofheinz Pavilion, snapping a 12-game skid.

The Cougars led by two points at the break but fell behind by three with 12:38 remaining before Houston opened up a 16-5 run. UCF would trim the deficit back down to one, but freshman Voche' Martin would grab an offensive board and convert the putback and fellow freshman Danielle Parks followed with her fourth 3-point bucket as the Cougars would go on for the upset.

Parks posted a career-high 24 points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from distance, while seniors Roxana Button and Michelle White combined for 21 points and 11 assists in their final home contest.

Parks and Button teamed up for 20 of the team's first 22 points in the opening half, and when the Knights effectively shut Button down in the second half, the rest of the Cougars stepped up to seal the win.



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