March 2, 2013
|HOUSTON (12-15 6-8) vs RICE (13-14 5-9)|
|Time||2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
|Series History||Houston leads, 48-10|
|Last Time||Houston 53, Rice 51 (2/10/13)|
|Radio|| Listen Live
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Gerald Sanchez, (play-by-play), Louis Ray (Color)
|Live Video||UH All Access|
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
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Landry Leads Furious Comeback in Thrilling Win Over Rice, 53-51
Senior guard Porsche Landry scored 15 of her 17 points in the final 20 minutes to help the University of Houston women's basketball team erase a 14-point second-half deficit in a thrilling 53-51 victory over Rice on Sunday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse.
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team will play host to cross-town rival Rice in the regular-season home finale at 2 p.m., on Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston senior Porsche Landry will play the final regular-season contest of her storied career as a Cougar and looks to remain undefeated against the rival Owls, as she is currently 7-0 in four seasons against Rice. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, as Landry will be recognized prior to the start of the National Anthem.
Landry currently ranks second in Conference USA in assists (4.4 apg) and fourth in scoring (16.3 ppg) this season, and needs just four points on Sunday to surpass former teammate Brittney Scott (2007-11) for seventh spot on the all-time scoring chart. The Houston native is also just 17 assists shy of the school record, and needs to average 5.7 assists over the final three guaranteed games to become the school's all-time assists leader.
Landry provided fireworks in the season's first meeting against the Owls on Feb. 10 at Tudor Fieldhouse, as she had a hand in 14 of 16 points in the team's defining 16-4 run down the stretch as the Cougars overcome a 14-point deficit with under 13 minutes remaining for the thrilling 53-51 victory.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson is on pace to become the first Cougar to claim the C-USA field-goal percentage title, as she currently leads the league with a 54-percent shooting effort. Thompson, who has averaged 8.4 points and 8.7 rebounds this season, leads the Cougars with five double-doubles.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell registered her eighth double-figure scoring game with 11 points in Thursday's loss at UCF and currently averages 8.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 steals this season. The Ontario, Calif., native will be looked upon to continue her stellar defense on Sunday, as she held Rice star Jessica Kuster scoreless over the final 9:22 in this season's first contest as Houston rallied for the win.
Freshman guard Marche' Amerson posted 10 points on Thursday at UCF for her third double-digit scoring performance in the past four games where she has averaged 11.5 points. Amerson has shot 45 percent from 3-point range (9-of-20) over the last eight contests.
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.
Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To cheer on the Cougars at this season's Conference USA Championships in Tulsa, fans can purchase all-sesssion tickets, good for seats in Houston supporter sections, by clicking here.
Books of vouchers that allow fans to attend all sessions of the tournament can be purchased for $160 each. Fans should redeem their vouchers with the Houston representative at the player guest table for all games the Cougars compete in, while redeeming the voucher at the box office for all other contests.
Fans with a men's ticket can also gain access to the women's contest on the same day.
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Fans can also listen to all Cougar Basketball games live online, as Gerald Sanchez will call the play-by-play action and Louis Ray will provide the analysis on Sunday. To listen live, click here or follow Audio link on schedule page at UHCougars.com.
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link on the schedule page at UHCougars.com.
Rice enters Sunday's contest having won three straight games to improve to 13-14 overall and 5-9 in Conference USA play. The Owls rattled off a 17-0 run to force overtime in a victory over Marshall on Feb. 24 before prevailing over UTEP in El Paso on Thursday.
The Owls have averaged 57.2 points per game this season while holding the opposition to 60.8 points per contest. Rice excels on the glass and on the defensive end, ranking second in C-USA in rebounding (44.6 rpg) at a plus-4.6 margin, while limiting the opposition to a 27-percent shooting effort from 3-point range and 38-percent from the field, ranking fourth and fifth, respectively. The Owls currently place last in the league in turnover margin (-4.8).
SERIES HISTORY VS. RICE
Houston and Rice resume the cross-town rivalry for the 59th time overall and the second time this season in the series that dates back to the 1977-78 season, as the Cougars hold a commanding 48-10 advantage.
The Cougars are 22-3 all-time at home against Rice, as the Owls have claimed only one win at Hofheinz Pavilion since 1995.
Houston snapped a three-game skid against the Owls on Feb. 10 at Tudor Fieldhouse with a thrilling 53-51 victory after overcoming a 14-point deficit with less than 13 minutes left to play.
Rice head coach Greg Williams is no stranger to Houston, having coached the Cougars from 1985-90, where he led them to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Houston snapped a three-game skid to Rice on Feb. 10 at Tudor Fieldhouse, overcoming a 14-point deficit with less than 13 minutes remaining for a 53-51 victory.
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.
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.