Lady Cougars Basketball Team Defeats UNC Charlotte, 57-52

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    Lady Cougar Kokeesha Randle (Jeff Shaw - Photographer)

    HOUSTON, TX (Jan. 9) For the first time in two years the University of Houston womens basketball team won back-to-back Conference USA games, defeating league-rival UNC Charlotte 57-52 Sunday afternoon in Hofheinz Pavilion. With four wins in their last five games, the Lady Cougars improved to 5-8 overall and 2-1 in C-USA action.

    After Houston built a 25-21 halftime lead, the Lady 49ers of UNCC tied the game 27-27 with 15:39 left in the second period. A quick 11-2 run by Houston however gave the Lady Cougars a comfortable 38-27 lead in would not relinquish. UNC Charlotte twice cut the lead to five, first with 5:15 remaining and then with 12 seconds left in the contest on a three-pointer by junior guard Tonya Phifer.

    Cathy Lida against UNCC (Jeff Shaw - Photographer)
    Houston junior guard Jessica Shanklin came off the bench to lead four Lady Cougars scoring in double-figures with a career-high 13 points in 22 minutes of action. Junior center ShaRonda Lasseter meanwhile scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Houston moved into sole possession of second place of C-USAs National Division.

    Though UH shot only 29.3 percent for the game, the Lady Cougars scored 22 of their 57 points off 25 UNCC turnovers. The 49ers, led by Jameka Jones 16 points, fell to 7-7 on the season and 2-1 in league play.

    Houston will next be in action with a road game at UAB on Thursday, January 26. Tipoff with the Blazers will be at 7:00 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala.

    Conference USA Basketball Linescore
    UNC Charlotte      21        31         52
    Houston            25        32         57 

    Scoring Leaders UNCC: Jameka Jones 16 Houston: Jessica Shanklin 13

    Records Houston 5-8, 2-1 UNCC 7-7, 2-1

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