Women's Basketball Meets TCU in Fort Worth on Sunday
Dec. 1, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The University of Houston women's basketball team looks to build on its four-game winning streak on Sunday when it travels to take on TCU at 2 p.m., at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest between old rivals will be televised on FOX Sports South.
The Cougars (4-4) claimed their fourth-straight victory on Friday night, routing New Mexico by a score of 77-62 behind a career-best 22 points from junior forward Marissa Ashton.
The Dickinson, Texas, native connected on six of her first seven 3-point attempts to help fuel the Cougars to a 54-percent (27-of-50) shooting effort against a New Mexico team that was limiting its opponents to just 53.7 points per game.
Freshman guard Marche' Amerson enjoyed a breakout performance with career highs of 18 points and nine rebounds, while senior point guard Porsche Landry scored in double figures for the eighth time this season with 15 points to go with seven assists against only one turnover.
Landry moved into 13th spot all-time on Friday, surpassing Tye Jackson (2005-08) with 1,211 career points. The Houston native will make her 100th-career start on Sunday against the Horned Frogs.
ON THE AIRSunday's showdown between the Cougars and Horned Frogs will be broadcast by FOX Sports Southwest, with Chuck LaMendola calling the action and Janice Dziuk providing the analysis.
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 away 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.
ABOUT TCUTCU enters Sunday's contest with a 2-2 overall record with wins over UCF and SMU and losses to Charlotte and Texas State. The Frogs return four starters and eight total letterwinners from last season's squad that went 16-14 overall.
The Frogs have averaged 71.2 points through the opening four contests and have shot 35 percent from the field, while the opposition has averaged 74.5 points and shot nearly 40 percent from the field. TCU has thrived behind the 3-point arch, averaging 7.3 long-distance buckets per game.
TCU is led by a trio of guards, as freshman Zahna Medley (18.3 ppg), sophomore Natalie Ventress (15.8 ppg) and freshman Kamy Cole (12.3 ppg) are all scoring in double figures. Medley leads the Frogs behind the arc with 14 3-pointers this season, including a school-record tying nine in Wednesday's win over SMU. Junior center Latricia Lovings (6-3) has pulled down 10.5 rebound per game to go with 6.5 points.
SERIES HISTORY VS. TCUHouston and TCU will renew its rivalry for the 43rd time in the series that dates back to the 1982-83 season. The Cougars hold a 29-13 advantage in the series, but have dropped four straight to the Frogs since their last win on Dec. 21, 2007. Houston is 11-9 all-time against the Frogs in Fort Worth.
The two teams have a long history, playing against each other as members of both the Southwest Conference and Conference USA. From 1983-96, the Cougars posted a 23-4 record against the Frogs in SWC play, while edging TCU by a 5-4 margin in C-USA action from 2002-05.
During the 2003-04 season, the two teams met twice while being ranked in the top 20, as Houston defeated TCU at home to clinch the C-USA regular season title and topped the Frogs once more in Fort Worth to claim the C-USA Tournament championship.
LAST TIME THEY METHouston suffered its worse loss of the season a year ago against the Frogs, falling 80-35 at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars held an early 8-7 advantage before TCU put together a 19-2 run en route to a 35-18 halftime lead.
ALL ALONE AT THE TOPSenior point guard Porsche Landry belongs in an elite club of one in Houston women's basketball history as the only Cougar to record at least 1,200 points (1,211) and 370 assists (373).
Landry tallied 15 points in Friday's win over New Mexico to surpass Tye Jackson (2005-08) for 13th all-time on the career scoring chart, while her 373 career assists rank third.
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.
GETTING 'MEEN ON THE BOARDSJunior transfer Yasmeen Thompson has wreaked havoc in the paint in her first eight contests as a Cougar after transferring from Paris Junior College, leading Conference USA with 10.6 rebounds per contest while ranking third with 1.9 blocks per game and leading the nation in field-goal percentage (72.5).
The Philadelphia, Pa., native, who earned C-USA Player of the Week honors on Monday, 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.