Feb. 24, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Marshall’s Veronica Ruiz notched a new career-high and grabbed her second career double-double but it wasn’t enough to overtake No. 25 Houston (23-4, 14-0 C-USA) as the Cougars remain undefeated in Conference USA action with a 72-54 victory in Thursday night’s women’s basketball game inside the Cam Henderson Center.
Ruiz ended the contest with 15 points and 10 boards, while teammate Tynikki Crook snagged her 31st career double-double to pull within one of Lauren Neaves on C-USA’s all-time double-double list. Crook finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
The Herd snaps its two-game win streak and falls to 8-19 on the season and 4-10 in conference play.
The Thundering Herd took a 4-0 lead following a pair of layups from Crook and Alaya Mitchell but Houston would respond with an 11-0 run during a 4:37 span to take a 18-9 advantage.
The Cougars converted 14 first half turnovers into 17 points en route to a 34-24 lead at the break. Brittney Scott and Porsche Landry chipped in 10 points apiece in the opening stanza.
“Hats off to Houston, they have a great veteran basketball team. Their guards were exceptionally good tonight,” head coach Royce Chadwick said. “Their defense forced us into a bunch of turnovers in the first half and they got a bunch of points of those turnovers. We made some mistakes that really hurt us.”
Crook and Ruiz scored on back-to-back possessions coming out of the locker room but Scott continued production hitting her first of four three point baskets during the second half to slow down the Herd’s momentum.
The Cougars erupted on an 18-6 run during which it held the Herd to just one field goal in 7:03 of action during the span to take a 55-38 advantage proving to be the difference in the game.
Scott finished the night with a game-high 24 points, while shooting six-of-10 from beyond the arc. The senior guard added six rebound, three assists and one steal on the night. Courtney Taylor pulled down the team’s only double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Landry chipped in 15 points.
The Thundering Herd hits the road for its final away contest of the season on Sunday against East Carolina. MU will look to avenge Feb. 3rd’s 61-43 loss to the Pirates on its home floor. CBS College Sports will be televising Sunday’s game, which is scheduled for a 2 p.m., tipoff.