The Lady Cougars finished their regular season games with a 61-52 win over TCU in front of 5876 fans in Fort Worth, Sunday, to secure their 20th win overall. The Lady Cougars ended the season 20-7 and 10-4 in C-USA. TCU also finished 10-4 in C-USA, forcing a tie-breaker for seeding in the Conference USA tournament that starts on March, 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In the first half, Houston freshman Jasmin Moore came off the bench to nail two three pointers to increase the Cougars lead to nine. TCU momentum returned when Ashley Davis hit a three-pointer to end Houston's 9-0 run. The teams went into the locker room tied 27-27.
The Cougars came out in the second half determined to win. The Lady Cougar defense held TCU's Sandora Irvin to only two offensive rebounds. Irvin finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Free throw shooting added to the Cougar's win. They were 80.8 % from the free throw line overall, going 8-8 in the first half and 13-18 in the second half. Sancho Lyttle hit her 21st double-double off her last trip to the free throw line. She ended the game with 11 points, 16 rebounds, two blocks and four steals.
Houston's bench stepped up adding 21 to the board including Daphne Andre's 12 points, leading the Cougars in scoring. Other notables include Crystal Simpson with 11 points and one steal and Joann Overstreet with 10 points, three assists and three steals.
The tie-breaker was implemented immediately following the victory. Houston and TCU were dead even in wins, losses and winning percentages, and because they split wins the two times they faced each other, their names were placed on slips of paper and drawn by a Conference USA Official to determine seeding.
Houston came out victorious in the draw and was seeded third in the tournament. First through fourth place have byes in the first round. Houston will face the winner of the Charlotte/Cincinnati game in the second round of the tournament on Friday March 4, 2005.