Women's Basketball Set for Road Tilt at Yale on Saturday
Nov. 15, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Women's Basketball team will head north to face Yale at 6 p.m., CT on Saturday in New Haven, Conn.
The Cougars will look to get their first victory of the 2012-13 campaign after two hard-fought losses to open the season against Southeastern Conference opponents Mississippi State and Alabama.
Freshman guard Jessieka Palmer led Houston in its 83-74 loss to Alabama on Tuesday, posting a team-high 19 points in 27 minutes of action. Junior forward Marissa Ashton tallied her first-career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while junior forward Yasmeen Thompson added nine points and 17 boards in 39 minutes.
Palmer, a 6-0 guard from La Marque, Texas, has scored in double figures in her first two collegiate contests, becoming the first freshman to achieve the feat since Roxana Button in 2008.
Senior point guard Porsche Landry scored in double figures for the 53rd time in her career with 13 points, but was only able to play 19 minutes due to foul trouble.
Through the first two contests, Landry and Palmer lead the Cougars with 14.5 points per game, while Ashton is nearly averaging a double-double with 11.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest. Thompson leads Houston on the glass with 11.5 rebounds per game.
The young and inexperienced squad, which has featured seven newcomers so far, has been extremely scrappy, forcing 23.5 turnovers while swiping 13.5 steals and swatting 7.0 shots per game. The Cougars have also held the opposition to a 31-percent shooting effort in the first two contests.
ON THE AIR
Fans can listen to Saturday's action live online with Greg O'Konski calling the play-by-play action and Rusty Laverentz providing analysis by clicking here or by following the audio link on the schedule page at UHCougars.com.
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Yale enters Saturday's matchup with an 0-2 record, falling to Holy Cross on the road and New Hampshire in Wednesday's home opener. The Bulldogs return three starters and nine letterwinners from last season's squad that went 16-12 overall.
Yale is led by a pair of guards, as sophomore Sarah Halejian and Nyasha Sarju both average 13.5 points per contest, followed by junior center (6-2) Zenab Keita, who has added 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.
The Bulldogs are shooting 33 percent from the field while opponents have shot 45 percent. Yale has found success behind the 3-point line, draining 15 treys at a 34-percent clip through the first two contests.
SERIES HISTORY VS. YALE
Houston and Yale will meet for the third time in the overall series and for the second-straight year, as the two teams have split the previous matchups.
Yale made the trip to Houston last season for the David Jones Classic, as the Bulldogs posted an 80-62 victory over the Cougars. In their only other meeting on Nov. 23, 2001, Houston edged Yale by a score of 61-59 in the first round of the Coors Classic held in Boulder, Colo. Houston legend Chandi Jones led the Cougars with 17 points, including 14 in the final 20 minutes.
Saturday's contest will mark Houston's first-ever contest played in the state of Connecticut.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Houston dropped an 80-62 decision to Yale last season at the David Jones Classic at Hofheinz Pavilion. Senior guard Roxana Button scored a career-high 30 points and freshman forward Terran Alford posted a double-double to lead the short-handed Cougars, who were playing with only seven student-athletes following a rash of injuries.
The Cougars stormed out of the gate, taking an early 15-5 lead while holding Yale (3-2) to only one field goal for nearly eight minutes.
With the Cougars holding a slim 21-20 lead, Yale began its 3-point barrage, draining six long-range buckets in the final 6:12 of the first half to fuel a 32-9 run en route to a 42-28 halftime advantage.
Janna Graf led the Bulldogs with 25 points and 13 rebounds and drained five of Yale's 11 3-pointers in the contest.
Senior point guard Porsche Landry belongs in an elite group in Houston women's basketball history as one of only four Cougars all-time with 1,000 points (1,110) and 300 assists (351).
Landry posted a game-high 20 points against Tulane on March 11, 2011 at the C-USA Tournament to reach the 1,000-point mark and could end her career securely in the top 10, while also having a chance to wind up in the top two on the career assists chart.
Landry tallied 13 points in Tuesday's contest against Alabama, surpassing DeJuena Carter (1983-87) and Toni Mooney (1980-84) for 18th all-time in career scoring with 1,110 points. The Houston native also handed out two assists to pass Tye Jackson (2005-08) for fourth spot all-time with 351, and needs 10 assists to tie Kip Anderson (1978-81) for third.