Women's Hoops Prepares for Road Contest at UTEP
Feb. 20, 2013
EL PASO, Texas - The University of Houston women's basketball team looks to carry its momentum over from a double overtime victory on Sunday when it meets UTEP at 8 p.m., CT on Thursday at Don Haskins Center.
The Cougars (11-13, 5-6) pulled off their second dramatic comeback in the last three games on Sunday, overcoming a 16-point second-half deficit to topple Tulane (18-6, 7-4) by a score of 71-70 in double overtime. The Houston rally marked the third-largest second half comeback in the last 11 years.
Junior forward Te'onna Campbell posted career highs of 17 points and five assists in 48 minutes against Tulane and made the game-winning putback with 5.4 seconds remaining in the second overtime period. The Ontario, Calif., native has flourished in C-USA play, averaging 10.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals over the last nine games while ranking third in the league in steals (2.6 spg) and ninth in rebounding (8.3 rpg) in conference contests.
Senior guard Porsche Landry tallied 16 points in a career-best 48 minutes against the Green Wave and came through in the clutch once again for the Cougars, hitting several crucial shots down the stretch. Landry sparked a 20-0 run with a 3-point play and scored eight of the first 12 points of the rally, while making a late layup in regulation to give Houston a two-point lead and draining a trifecta late in the first overtime period to tie the contest.
Landry has scored in double figures in 22 of the 24 games this season and currently ranks second in the league in assists (4.5 apg) and fourth in scoring (16.8 ppg). With six guaranteed games remaining this season, Landry needs to average 4.7 assists over that span to become the school's all-time assists leader.
Marche' Amerson continued her solid play of late, posting 15 points off a 7-of-10 shooting effort to earn her second-career C-USA Freshman of the Week award. The Bryan, Texas, native, who ranks second on the team with nine double-digit scoring performances, has shot 37 percent (40-of-107) from the field in league play after shooting just 28 percent (35-of-126) in the season's first 13 games.
Junior center Yasmeen Thompson nearly registered her fifth double-double of the season on Sunday with nine points and 11 rebounds despite only playing 20 minutes due to foul trouble. Thompson continues to lead the league in field-goal percentage (54.0) and has improved drastically at the charity stripe, shooting 61 percent over the last eight contests after shooting just 39 percent in the opening 16 games.
The Cougars snapped their six-game streak of failing to score more than 59 points on Sunday, posting 60 points in regulation before adding 11 in the two overtime periods despite not going to the free-throw line over the final 14:56 of the contest. Houston handed out a season-high 19 assists in the victory.
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The Miners rank fourth in the conference with 65.6 points per game while ranking at or near the top of several defensive categories. UTEP is limiting opponents to just 57.0 points per contest, which ranks third in C-USA, while leading the league in field-goal percentage defense (33.7), rebounding (45.5 rpg) and rebound margin (+7.5).
UTEP is led by junior forward (6'1") Kayla Thornton (14.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and senior center (6'2") Anete Steinberga (14.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg), while sophomore guard Chrishauna Parker is averaging 9.5 points per contest while ranking second in the league in rebounding (9.3 rpg), third in field-goal percentage (50.6) and fourth in assists (4.0 apg).
SERIES HISTORY VS. UTEP
The Miners escaped Houston with a 65-54 victory on Jan. 27 for UTEP's third-straight win over the Cougars after dropping six straight dating back to the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The Cougars, who led by two at the break, trailed by just two with eight minutes remaining when UTEP grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free-throw attempt and Kayla Thornton drained a 3-pointer, sparking a Miner run that Houston couldn't recover from.
Senior guard Porsche Landry posted 10 points while junior center Yasmeen Thompson also scored in double figures with 10 points and three steals. Junior forward Te'onna Campbell grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to go with eight points and five steals in 37 minutes of action.
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