NEW ORLEANS, La.– D'Aundra Henry's shot to win the game with 1.6 seconds left in regulation fell just short, as the Tulane women's basketball fell to Houston, 55-54, in the Conference USA opener for both teams on Friday night at Fogelman Arena.
Courtney Simmons stepped to the foul line with 3:32 remaining in the game and knocked two free throws to put Tulane up by three, 49-46. Houston senior Sancho Lyttle responded with a short jump shot to narrow the lead to one. On the next trip down the floor, a Lyttle foul put Hampton on the line, and after hitting two shots, Tulane regained the three-point cushion.
Another foul allowed Hampton to hit another charity shot, but Houston guard Crystal Simpson answered with two points at the other end of the floor, and the lead was whittled to one. Freshman Jasmin Moore knocked down a shot for the Cougars, just before Simmons found Hampton open under the Green Wave basket to put Tulane ahead.
With 13 ticks on the clock, Lyttle found freshman Moore, who connected on the game-winner. Henry's last-second attempt fell just short, and Houston escaped with a 55-54 win.
"We shot the ball well (18-of-40 for 45 percent), there are a lot of good things that happened," Green Wave head coach Lisa Stockton said. "We had a great effort, but it's a disappointing loss."
Hampton scored a game-high 24 points, her fifth consecutive game of over 20 points, to go along with seven rebounds to lead Tulane (8-6, 0-1 C-USA). Sophomore guard Jami Montagnino chipped in nine points while Henry and Simmons each scored seven for the Wave.
"Lakethia (Hampton) hit some big free throws down the stretch," Stockton said. "She's really showing this team that she's going to be there night in and night out."
Houston had two-players turn in double-double performances, led by Kiki Harris with 17 points and 10 boards. Lyttle tossed in 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Joann Overstreet added 10 points and nine steals for the Lady Cougars.
Courtney Simmons provided a spark off the bench in the first half, providing five points and two assists during a 12-0 run, which put the Wave up 17-12 with 7:44 remaining in the half. Lyttle knocked down a jumper, and Houston (10-3, 1-0) went on a 9-1 run of its own, extending to a 23-18 lead. A rebound bucket by Lakethia Hampton with one second left before the break moved Tulane to within one, 23-22 at halftime.
The teams see-sawed back and forth for the majority of the game, resulting in 18 lead changes and 13 ties.
The Green Wave hosts TCU on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. on Basketball Alumni Day in Fogelman Arena. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE. For fans not able to attend the contest, the game will be broadcast live on Cox Sports Television, as well as on the flagship radio station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 fm. Live stats will be provided via GameTracker at www.tulanegreenwave.com.
Houston Edges Tulane In Final Minute, 55-44
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