Dec. 14, 2008
IRVING, Texas -
Conference USA women's basketball was somewhat low key this past weekend as several of our institutions were hosting final Fall exams last week. Over the weekend, C-USA went 5-2, including 4-1 at home. Houston increased its home-court winning streak to five games with a solid victory over Cal Poly Sunday. Southern Miss, SMU, UTEP and East Carolina were also victories over the weekend. The Cougars sport a league-best 6-2 record, followed by East Carolina, Marshall and Tulane tied at 5-3.
C-USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WEEKEND RESULTS
Sun., December 14
East Carolina 68, at UNC Wilmington 63
at Houston 68, Cal Poly 57
at SMU 74, North Texas 57
at UTEP 85, Mississippi Valley State 52
at Mississippi State 81, Memphis 49
Sat., December 13
at Southern Miss 64, SE Missouri State 47
Ohio 67, at Marshall 53
C-USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WEEKEND ROUNDUP
EAST CAROLINA (5-3)
Led by senior LaCoya Terry's 15th-straight double-digit scoring effort, East Carolina picked up its first road win of the year, rallying past UNC Wilmington, 68-63, Sunday inside Trask Coliseum. Terry paced the Lady Pirates in scoring again as she poured in 23 to go along with five boards. Senior Jasmine Young and sophomore Kim Gay also netted double figures with 11 and 10, respectively. ECU had the edge from the field (48.1-30.5) while UNC Wilmington edged the Lady Pirates on the glass (42-38). For more on ECU women's basketball & this story, click here.
Sophomore forward Courtney Taylor collected her 13th career double-double, finishing with a game-high 15 rebounds and a career-high 22 points as Houston won its fifth consecutive contest at Hofhienz Pavilion Sunday, defeating Cal Poly 58-57. The big game for Taylor tops her previous high of 21 points set last season on March 7, 2008, when she notched 21 points against Southern Miss during the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Championship. The Crockett, Texas, native made 8-of-16 shots, many of which came after her game-high seven offensive rebounds. Another Cougar to notch an impressive afternoon was freshman Roxana Button, who also recorded a career-high in points with 18 after going 4-of-9 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. For more on Houston women's basketball & this story, click here.
Chantelle Handy tied her career mark in scoring and rebounding, but it was not enough as Marshall fell to Ohio University, 67-53, Saturday at the Cam Henderson Center. Handy led Marshall with 16 points and grabbed a game high 13 boards. Crook was the only other double digit scorer for MU, finishing with 12 points. She also had four rebounds and two blocks. For more on Marshall women's basketball & this story, click here.
Memphis were facing a bigger lineup for a third-straight game, and came up short on the size chart and the scoreboard, 81-49, in a non-conference loss at Mississippi State (7-0), Sunday. Paris Leonard led Memphis with 20 points, while Ramses Lonlack added 12 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. For more on Memphis women's basketball & this story, click here.
Sophomore guard LaShandra Hill scored a career-high 16 points and added three steals and a pair of assists to lead SMU to 74-57 win over North Texas Sunday at Moody Coliseum. Junior forward Delisha Wills also scored 16 and had a team-high two blocked shots, and tied teammate Haley Day for the team lead with seven rebounds. The main difference in the game was the Mustangs' balance; UNT got 44 of its 57 points from three players, while 10 different Mustangs scored, and the SMU bench dominated their UNT counterparts, 35-3. For more on SMU women's basketball & this story, click here.
SOUTHERN MISS (5-4)
Pauline Love recorded her sixth double-double of the season, tallying a game-high 19 points to go with 17 rebounds in leading Southern Miss past Southeast Missouri State, 64-47, in women's basketball action Saturday. Juniors Candace Rucker and Stephanie Helgeson chipped in 16 points apiece. For more on Southern Miss women's basketball & this story, click here.
Junior Jareica Hughes dished out nine assists on the way to becoming the program's all-time assist leader, as UTEP defeated Mississippi Valley State, 85-52, at the Don Haskins Center Sunday. Hughes' career total now stands 332, surpassing former Miner great Terri Pedregon's standard of 326. Hughes was not the lone standout, though, with Timika Williams pouring in a career-high 25 points to lead a quartet of Miners in double figures. Freshmen Briana Green (15 points) and Dietra Caldwell (13 points) and sophomore Brittnay Jones (10 points) supplemented the play of Williams. Freshman Torrie Childs almost cracked double digits, chipping in a career-best nine points on 3-of-4 shooting in only eight minutes of action. UTEP won the battle of the boards to the tune of 41-33, while dominating the paint by out-scoring MVSU 38-22. For more on UTEP women's basketball & this story, click here.