Women's Basketball Closes Out Regular Season at Tulsa
March 6, 2013
The Last Meeting
February 14, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team wraps up the regular season at 7 p.m., on Thursday against Tulsa at Reynolds Center, looking for its third win in the last four games entering the postseason.
Led by senior guard Porsche Landry, Houston (13-15, 7-8) posted a 69-59 victory over Rice on Sunday, sweeping the Owls in the regular season. Landry nearly registered a triple-double in her final contest at Hofheinz Pavilion, posting 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to improve to 8-0 against Rice in her career.
With eight assists on Sunday, Landry only needs nine more over the next two guaranteed games to move into a tie with Betty Darthard (1980-84) as the school's all-time assists leader. Landry is currently one of only three players nationally averaging 16.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson just missed her sixth double-double of the season in Sunday's win, posting 13 points and nine rebounds. With a perfect 5-for-5 effort from the field, Thompson increased her league-leading field-goal percentage to a 55.7 clip and looks to become the first Cougar to end the season as C-USA's most efficient shooter.
The Philadelphia, Pa., native has also been a major part of Houston's success on the offensive glass this season, needing just eight offensive boards to move into 10th spot all-time in single-season history.
Freshman guard Alecia Smith contributed 11 points against Rice and was 3-of-7 from beyond the arc as she leads the Cougars this season with 36 made 3-pointers. Smith has proven to be a key to Houston's success this season, as the Cougars are 6-2 when the Cedar Hill, Texas, native scores in double figures.
With a win on Thursday, the Cougars could earn a seed as high as No. 5 for next week's Conference USA Championships in Tulsa.
C-USA TICKET INFORMATION
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.
Men's and women's single-session tickets will be made available for sale closer to the start of the tournament. Tickets for the men's contests will range from $22-$62, depending on location. Women's single-session tickets will cost $10 for the first two days of play at the Tulsa Convention Center, $20 for Day Three at BOK Arena and $10 for the championship game at BOK Arena.
Fans with a men's ticket can also gain access to the women's contest on the same day.
ON THE AIR
Fans can also listen to all Cougar Basketball games live online with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Rusty Laverentz providing analysis during road contests. 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.
The Golden Hurricane are averaging 61.7 points per contest while giving up the exact same amount to the opposition. Tulsa is a threat from beyond the arc, ranking in the top five in the league in 3-point percentage (.303) and 3-pointers made per game (4.9). Tulsa is also tied with Houston for fifth spot with a plus-1.9 turnover margin.
Senior guard Taleya Mayberry will play her final game at Reynolds Center, as she ranks fourth in C-USA in scoring (17.8 ppg) and has converted 22 more free throws (127) than the next closest competitor in the league at the second-highest percentage (.804). Senior forward Tiffani Couisnard has averaged 8.3 points per game and ranks fourth in the league with 9.1 rebounds per contest, while freshman guard Kelsee Grovee has averaged 10.2 points and leads the team with 44 treys at a 33-percent clip. Tulsa features three players currently in the top 14 in 3-pointers made.
SERIES HISTORY VS. TULSA
Tulsa posted a 59-55 victory over Houston on Feb. 14 at Hofheinz Pavilion, relying on a late 11-0 run to seal the win. The Cougars are 2-5 all-time against the Golden Hurricane at Reynolds Center, with the last victory in Tulsa coming on Feb. 17, 2011.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The Cougars built their largest lead of the game at 45-40 with 8:18 remaining, but Tulsa answered with an 11-0 run over a span of three minutes to take a six-point lead that Houston wouldn't recover from.
Tulsa's Tiffani Couisnard dominated the glass with 15 rebounds to go with nine points while Kelsee Grovey (16 points) and Taleya Mayberry (11 points) also scored in double figures.