Houston Roundball Review: Women's Hoops

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

UH 79, Gardner-Webb 58

HOUSTON, TX -- The Houston Lady Cougars used balance scoring and solid defense to pull away from Gardner-Webb Saturday afternoon in front of 378 fans inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston (2-0) won for the second time in less than 24 hours following Friday night's home opening victory over Southeastern Louisiana 73 to 58.

Sophomore center Cobilyn Hill led Houston with 18 points. Hill also grabbed 13 boards and controlled the paint with six blocked shots. All five Houston starters scored in double figures. Brittney Scott added 17 points (6 for 12 from the field, including 4 for 7 on threes). Teammate Courtney Taylor added her second double-double on the young season with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Freshmen guards Porsche Landry and Roxana Button each added 12 points. Landry (seven) and Button (four) also dished out 11 assists combined.

"I think it (Houston's depth) is a plus," said Courtney Taylor. "Because teams aren't going to be able to step everybody. Last year, we had two or three main scorers; so, when we struggled, we didn't have anyone who could step up. This year we have a lot of scorers and that's going to help us."

"I think our depth really helped us," said UH head coach Joe Curl. "I really feel in my heart we can do that on many, many nights."

Houston led Gardner-Webb 35 to 24 thanks to stifling defense in the first half which limited the Runnin' Bulldogs to 10 for 39 shooting from the field for just 25.6%.

Houston used a 15 to 8 run in the first seven minutes and five seconds of the second half to lead 50 to 32.

Gardner-Webb refused to go away and answered Houston's run with a 11 to 3 run over the next two minutes and 51 seconds to pull within 10 points (53 to 43) with 10:04 left in the ball game.

"We were in a dog fight when they cut it to ten points," Coach Curl admitted. "We had to get on our girls a little and get them to grind it out; and, all of a sudden it's a 20 point game."

Hill helped Houston end Gardner-Webb's final run when she began a 10 to 0 blitz with a layup with 5:04 remaining.

"I started slow," Hill said after the game. "But, I picked it up at the end. I just knew we had to win."

Houston's next game will be on the road versus Oregon State for a match up on Wednesday, November 19.
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