A poor shooting night doomed the Cougars to their ninth-straight loss, a 69-41 drubbing against Memphis on Sunday.
The Cougars (2-21 1-10) were within striking distance at the end of the first half, trailing 30-20 against the Tigers (19-5 9-2), but again came away without a win.
The Cougars shot just 20 percent from the field (11-55).
Senior guard Roxana Button was the only UH player to break double figures, scoring 14 points. It marked her sixth consecutive game without breaking 20 points.
The Cougars suffered from Button not having a career-night and without much help from their top freshmen, Terran Alford (six points) and Amanda Lawson (seven points).
Memphis slowed the Cougars down by smothering them in the paint, out-scoring the Cougars inside 34-22. The Tigers’ Jasmine Lee had a game-high 17 boards and was hard for the Cougars to control around the basket.
The Cougars were shorthanded on their bench which led to them wearing down in the second half. The Cougars were out-scored by 19 in the second half and were pounded 31-6 in bench scoring.
Memphis Junior, Nicole Dixon led the Tigers in scoring on a night when the team got contributions from several different outlets.
Button leads race for scoring title
Despite failing to crack the 20-point mark in her last six games, Button still leads Conference USA in scoring at 17.3 points per game. She is trailed by Rice’s Jessica Kuester, who is scoring 16.7 points per game.
Button has done much of her damage from the free throw line, leading the conference in free throws attempted and made. She is fourth in C-USA in free throw percentage, hitting at a 78-percent clip.
Coming into the season, Button’s best season came as a freshman when she averaged 8.4 points per game.