Houston Women Hoopsters Defeat New Mexico 72-51
Houston (Nov. 29) -- The erratic shooting and inconsistent rebounding that had haunted the University of Houston women's basketball team, accounting for three close losses to open the season, has hopefully been left behind -- left behind for good in Louisiana.
That may be one easy way to explain the Lady Cougars' coasting to a 72-51 victory over highly regarded Mountain West Conference foe New Mexico Monday night in Hofheinz Pavilion. A more accurate explanation might be that Houston had a steady shooting night (43.1 percent for the game) and crashed the boards to outrebound the Lobos on the defensive glass by a margin of three-to-one. With those two factors in place for the first time in four games, UH posted its first win of the season over a team that was 24-7 a year ago and had advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT.
New Mexico worked its way inside to build a seven-point lead midway through the first half, but the Lady Cougars went on a 26-7 run to take a 37-25 advantage at the intermission. In the second half the Lobos were able to cut the margin to eight, 46-38, but Houston went on another 20-8 run to put the game out of reach.
Junior forward Cathy Lida scored a team-high 15 points in 27 minutes to lead UH. All-Conference USA honoree ShaRonda Lasseter meanwhile added 12 points and led all players with nine rebounds. A total of ten different Lady Cougars recorded steals which also proved to be a key to the contest. No less than 27 of Houston's season-high 72 points were scored coming off New Mexico turnovers. New Mexico fell to 2-2. The Lobos were led by Sonya Bryant's 16 points.
The Lady Cougars will next be in action at the Houston Hobby Hilton Airport Classic on Saturday and Sunday, December 4-5. UH fill face North Texas at 8:00 p.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion while Alcorn State takes on SEC power Georgia.
Women's Basketball Linescore New Mexico 25 26 -- 51 Houston Lady Cougars 37 35 -- 72 Scoring Leaders Cathy Lida (UH) 15; Sonya Bryant (UNM) 16; Season Records Houston (1-3); New Mexico (2-2)