UH Women's Basketball defeats SHSU 106-65


Written by B. Keith Crear III | Photo credit: Oscar Herrera, SFL Staff Photographer

On Tuesday evening, the University of Houston Women's basketball program defeated Sam Houston State, 106-65, in its first meeting since 2002-03.
Against the Bearkats (1-1, 0-0 CUSA), the Cougars (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) scored 106 points for the second consecutive game. The last meeting between the two teams occurred on Dec. 1, 2002, when Hofheinz Pavilion hosted a 106-54 victory.
Four other Cougars scored in double figures, including graduate forward Bria Patterson and freshman guard Kierra Merchant. Houston's players all scored field goals during the game.
In the first quarter, the Cougars went on a 12-0 run and forced nine turnovers. With nine points in the first quarter, senior guard Laila Blair continued her hot shooting.
Merchant and Patterson scored 10 and 11 points, respectively, in the second quarter. At the end of the quarter, Patterson hit a 3-pointer to seal a 44-point victory. Through the first two quarters, Houston's defense allowed only 16 points.
The Cougars continued to show strong performance in the third quarter, blocking the Bearkats' attempts to close the gap. Eight athletes contributed to Houston's 21 points in the third quarter.
As a result of Tuesday night's victory, the program scored its first 100+ point game since beating North Texas 104-65 on Dec. 5, 2010.

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