Sunday, January 23, 2011

Houston Cougars Down Memphis Tigers 81-68 in C-USA Women's Basketball Action

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (January 23. 2011) Led by the radar shooting of Brittany Scott and Courtney Taylor, the Houston Cougars (15-4, 6-0 C-USA) increased their winning streak to seven games in defeating the Memphis Tigers (14-6, 3-3 C-USA) 81-68 at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston.

The Cougars are now 6-0 in conference play and sit alone at the top of the Conference USA standings.

Scott led all Cougar players, scoring 20 points with five rebounds, while Scott added 19 with a game-high nine rebounds.

Porsche Landry and Brittany Mason also helped with the scoring, chipping in 10 and nine, respectively.

The game started out slowly with Houston leading 32-27 at the half. They were 12-29 in two-point range and a meager 1-5 from three-point range.

For the game, Houston shot 50 percent (27-of-54) from the field, 43 percent (6-of-14) from 3-point range and 81 percent (21-of-26) from the free-throw line.

The Cougars edged Memphis in the rebounding battle by a 38-36 margin, while handing out 19 assists and swatting six shots. Houston turned the ball over 23 times compared to 20 miscues for the Tigers.

With the win, the Cougars have won eighth-straight contest against Memphis to improve to 11-10 all-time against the Tigers.

With a 6-0 record in league play, Houston has jumped out to its best-ever start in C-USA action.

Scott made her 80th-consecutive start on Sunday dating back to the beginning of the 2008-09 season.

Brittany Carter led Memphis with 23 points and Jasmine Lee added 18 points in the loss.

Houston returns to action at UCF on Thursday with a 6:00pm start.

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