Jan. 24, 2013
HOUSTON - Senior guard Porsche Landry led four Cougars in double figures with 17 points as the University of Houston hung on to defeat Southern Miss by a score of 81-70 in Conference USA action on Thursday night at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston claimed its fourth win in the last five contests to improve to 9-8 overall and 3-1 in C-USA play, while the Golden Eagles dropped to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in league action.
Landry scored in double figures for the 16th time in 17 games this season with her 17-point performance while tying a career high with nine assists to go with five steals in 38 minutes.
Freshman guard Marche' Amerson registered her first-career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds while also swatting three shots in 35 minutes of action. The Bryan, Texas, native was 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell nearly tallied a double-double for the second straight game by tying a career high with 15 points to go with nine rebounds. The Ontario, Calif., product was 7-of-10 from the field and swiped three steals.
Junior forward Marissa Ashton scored in double figures for the third-straight time with 12 points, highlighted by a 3-of-7 effort from 3-point range.
The Cougars quickly built on a 10-point halftime advantage when Campbell grabbed an offensive rebound and converted the putback and Ashton followed with a trifecta to push Houston to a 48-33 lead early in the second half.
Houston held its largest lead at 55-36 with 12:19 remaining when Landry dished to Campbell on a 2-on-1 break and Amerson followed with a jumper from the free-throw line.
With the Cougars holding a 57-39 lead with just under 12 minutes left to play, the Golden Eagles mounted a furious rally as Tanecka Carey buried back-to-back 3-pointers to cap a 15-3 run, cutting the Houston advantage to just six points with 9:27 remaining.
Freshman guard Jessieka Palmer pushed the Houston lead back out to 10 points with a steal and an assist to Campbell in transition, and took the ball coast-to-coast on the next possession, eluding a Southern Miss defender in the paint for an easy layup for a 12-point advantage with under eight minutes remaining.
The Golden Eagles wouldn't go quietly however, mounting a 10-3 run to cut the deficit to just five points with 3:52 left to play.
Landry then took over, finding Amerson behind the defense for a layup and dishing to junior forward Yasmeen Thompson in traffic for a 3-point play.
Thompson would follow with a post move for the layup on the next trip down to give Houston an 11-point lead with just over two minutes to play to seal the contest.
Palmer registered nine points in 17 minutes for Houston, going 5-of-7 from the charity stripe, while Thompson added eight points and six boards in 21 minutes.
The Cougars carried their hot shooting over from Sunday's victory at Marshall, turning in a 44-percent (28-of-64) effort from the field, while going 20-of-33 (61 percent) from the free-throw line.
Houston overcame a sluggish start on the boards, outrebounding the Golden Eagles, 48-46, after starting the game on the wrong end of a 13-4 margin.
The Cougars face a tough test on Sunday as they host UTEP (15-2, 3-1) at 1 p.m., Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston improved to 14-10 all-time against Southern Miss and claimed its ninth-straight win against the Golden Eagles at Hofheinz Pavilion dating back to the 1998-99 season.
The Cougars increased their home record to 8-2 this season.
In just the fourth C-USA game of the season the Cougars have surpassed their win total in league play from last season with a 3-1 mark.
Senior guard Porsche Landry scored in double figures for the 16th time in 17 contests this season with a game-high 17 points. Landry ranks 10th all-time in career scoring at Houston with 1,381 points, and needs just 10 more to move into ninth spot.
Landry tied a career best with nine assists on Thursday, upping her career total to 423, which is just 11 shy of second place in school history. Landry also handed out nine assists against Southern Miss on Feb. 10, 2010 in Hattiesburg.
Freshman guard Marche' Amerson registered her first-career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The 15-point performance marked the sixth double-figure scoring game this season while she grabbed double-digit rebounds for the first time.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell tied a career best with 15 points, marking her third double-digit scoring game this season, while fellow junior forward Marissa Ashton tallied 12 points for her eighth game this season of 10 or more points and the third straight.