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Volume 9, Issue 2                                    University of Houston
Houston's run in Troy Classic halted by USC

by Jong Lee
BREAKING NEWS

    After scoring 11 points in the first half, the Cougar women's basketball team rallied to put up 31 in the second, but it wasn't enough as the Southern California Trojans beat UH 65-42 and ended Houston's run in the two-day Troy Classic on Saturday in Los Angeles.

    The Trojans took a commanding 23-point halftime lead and the Cougars never recovered. The Cougars first-half point total was a season low for a half.

    Junior guard Tye Jackson was a bright spot for the Cougars, leading Houston with 11 points. Jackson was later named to the all-tournament team.

     Statistically, the Cougars have seen better games. Houston was out-rebounded 27-13 and only converted three of 12 free-throw attempts. The Trojans converted 13 points off of 14 Cougar turnovers as Houston struggled from the field. UH could only convert five of 24 shots on its way to a dismal 20.8 shooting percentage.

    The first game of the Troy Classic wasn't pretty either, but the Cougars squeezed out a 96-90 double-overtime victory against Prairie View A&M on Friday.

    Both Houston and Prairie View couldn't seem to find the grip on the ball. Houston piled up 35 turnovers and the Panthers gave it up 29 times. Houston shot 44.2 percent from the field, making 38 of 86 shots.

    Jackson put in a layup with 4:39 left in the second overtime to give Houston the lead for good. Jackson returned to the court for the first time since early November and contributed a team-high 28 points. Fatigue may have set in, though, as Jackson also led the Cougars with 12 turnovers.

    The Cougars led 91-90 with 2:47 left and scored their last five points from the line to extend their winning streak against the Panthers to 15 games.

    The Cougars will play at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hofheinz Pavilion to take on the University of Miami. Houston will finish the 2006 calendar year on the road, taking on Charlotte on Thursday and Colorado on Dec. 30.

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