Women's Basketball Prepares for Tough Test Against New Mexico
Nov. 29, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team will put its three-game winning streak on the line on Friday when it meets New Mexico at 7 p.m., at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars pushed the streak to three in Tuesday's 55-42 victory over UTSA, as Houston limited the Roadrunners to a season low in points and field-goal percentage (27.9).
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson notched her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while senior point guard Porsche Landry and junior forward Marissa Ashton also scored in double figures with 12 points apiece.
Thompson, who earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors on Monday, continues to lead the NCAA in field-goal percentage (.723), while also pacing C-USA this season in rebounds (11.6 rpg).
Landry's 12-point effort against the Roadrunners extended her double-digit scoring streak to all seven contests this season and 58 on her career, while also moving into 14th spot all-time on the career scoring chart with 1,196 points.
PROMOTIONSFriday's contest has been designated as Faculty, Staff and Student Appreciation Night, where members of these groups will receive free admission with a valid UH ID.
There will also be halftime entertainment for the fans with a hotdog-eating contest provided by Aramark. Contestants will be chosen by "retweeting" details on Twitter via @UHCougarWBB.
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ABOUT NEW MEXICONew Mexico enters Friday's contest with a 6-1 overall record, including a win over Texas Tech with the lone loss coming to ninth-ranked Georgia. The Lobos will compete in their first road game of the season on Friday, as the first seven contests have all come inside the friendly confines of "The Pit."
The Lobos have averaged 63.7 points per game and shot 43 percent from the field, while limiting the opposition to just 53.7 points per contest and a 34-percent effort from the field. New Mexico has also won the rebounding battle by a plus-9.6 margin.
Senior guard Caroline Durbin leads the Lobos with 12.7 points per game and has shot 50 percent from 3-point range, converting 14 of 28 buckets from distance. Junior guard Sara Halasz (11.1 ppg) and junior forward Deeva Vaughn (10.9 ppg) are also scoring in double figures, while freshman guard Bryce Owens has handed out 4.7 assists to go with 8.4 points per contest.
SERIES HISTORY VS. NEW MEXICOHouston and New Mexico will meet for the sixth time in the series history and the second year in a row as the Lobos hold the slim 3-2 advantage.
The Cougars played the Lobos last season for the first time since 2001, as New Mexico buried seven first-half 3-pointers en route to a 70-44 victory at "The Pit" in Albuquerque.
The Cougars also met New Mexico in Albuquerque in the opening round of the 2001 WNIT, as the Lobos came away with a 72-49 victory over the Cougars, who were without star guard Chandi Jones. Houston claimed its two wins at home on Nov. 29, 1999, and at a neutral site during the 1981-82 season.
LAST TIME THEY METThe Cougars and Lobos met last season on Jan. 2, 2012, at "The Pit" in Albuquerque, as the Lobos came away with a 70-44 victory.
Houston couldn't overcome a first half 3-point barrage, as the Lobos connected on seven 3-pointers on nine attempts in the opening 20 minutes en route to a 41-18 lead at the half.
Senior guard Roxana Button extended her double-digit scoring streak to 12 contests with a game-high 26 points to go with a career-best seven rebounds. Button scored 19 of her 26 points in the final 20 minutes of the game. Freshman Danielle Parks added nine points in the loss, while fellow freshman Terran Alford pulled down eight boards.
GETTING 'MEEN ON THE BOARDSJunior transfer Yasmeen Thompson has wreaked havoc in the paint in her first seven contests as a Cougar after transferring from Paris Junior College, leading Conference USA with 11.6 rebounds per contest while also ranking third with 1.9 blocks per game.
The Philadelphia, Pa., native, who is also pacing the nation by shooting 72 percent from the field, pulled down a career-best 17 boards in back-to-back games against Alabama and Yale, and followed up with her first-career double-double performance with 21 points and 14 rebounds at McNeese State on Nov. 20, marking 48 rebounds over a span of three games.
Thompson earned NJCAA All-Conference Honorable Mention honors last season at Paris JC after averaging 8.1 points and a team-leading 9.0 rebounds per game. Thompson helped the squad to a 24-7 record while reaching a national ranking of No. 11, setting a school record.
ELITE COMPANYSenior point guard Porsche Landry posted 12 points in Tuesday's victory over UTSA to move into 14th spot all-time in career scoring, surpassing Cathy Bardwell (1975-78) with 1,196 points. Landry needs just two points on Friday to move past Tye Jackson (2005-08) for 13th spot.
With a team-leading 21 assists, the Houston native has also climbed from fifth to third spot all-time in school history with 366 career helpers.
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.