Women's Basketball Continues C-USA Action Against Southern Miss on Thursday
Jan. 23, 2013
HOUSTON - Winners of three of the last four contests, the University of Houston women's basketball team returns home to play host to Southern Miss in Conference USA action at 7 p.m., on Thursday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars claimed their first road win of the season on Sunday in a thrilling 71-63 victory over Marshall. Senior guard Porsche Landry tallied a game-high 24 points, while junior forwards Marissa Ashton (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Te'onna Campbell (14 points, 12 rebounds) posted double-doubles in the win.
Houston (8-8, 2-1) overcame an early 19-9 deficit to trim the Marshall lead to 33-30 at the break as the Cougars shot just 27 percent (8-of-30) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
The Cougars caught fire in the second half, shooting 52 percent (14-of-27) for the remainder of the contest while outscoring the Thundering Herd by a 41-30 margin.
Houston managed to take the lead when Ashton converted a layup off an inbounds pass with just over eight minutes remaining, and the lead would change five times down the stretch before Landry converted a 3-point play and Campbell followed with her first trifecta of the season to put the contest out of reach.
Landry, who ranks third in the league in scoring (17.7 ppg) and fifth in assists (4.3 apg), has scored in double figures in 15 of the 16 games this season and is averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in C-USA play.
Ashton posted her third double-double of the season on Sunday and is averaging 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in league play while ranking sixth in the conference in 3-point percentage (38.6).
The Cougars have earned a 7-2 record inside the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion this season and have won eight consecutive games against Southern Miss at home dating back to the 1998-99 season.
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ABOUT SOUTHERN MISS
The Golden Eagles are averaging 62.9 points per game while their opposition has scored 62.1 points per contest. Southern Miss is in the upper echelon in shooting in C-USA, ranking fourth in field-goal percentage (39.6) and 3-point percentage (30.2).
Junior point guard Jamierra Faulkner (17.3 ppg) and senior guard Tanecka Carey (15.8 ppg) lead the Golden Eagles, ranking fourth and sixth, respectively, in scoring in C-USA. Faulkner leads the league in assists (6.1 apg) and steals (3.9 spg), while Carey is a threat from beyond the arc, ranking second in 3-pointers (42) and fourth in 3-point percentage (39.6). The duo also ranks first and second in the conference in minutes played.
SERIES HISTORY VS. SOUTHERN MISS
The Cougars have been dominant against the Golden Eagles at Hofheinz Pavilion, winning eight of the nine contests, including a current string of eight consecutive victories dating back to the 1998-99 season.
Houston has won back-to-back games against Southern Miss, posting a 78-59 victory at Hofheinz during the 2010-11 season while earning the first win in Hattiesburg since the 2004-05 season a year ago in a 56-49 decision.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Senior Roxana Button poured on 17 points in the opening 10 minutes to lead the Cougars to a 28-21 lead at the break.
With the Southern Miss defense keyed in on Button for the rest of the game, junior Jennifer Nwokedi (11 points, eight rebounds) and freshman Amanda Lawson (10 points) both stepped up to lead the Cougars to the win.
The Golden Eagles posted a 10-1 run to close the Houston lead to just two points with just over two minutes remaining, but Lawson and freshman Terran Alford both converted layups to put the contest out of reach.