HOUSTON — UTSA held Houston to a season-low 55 points, but the Roadrunners shot just 27.9 percent in a 55-42 loss on Tuesday night at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Sophomore Kamra King paced UTSA (5-2) with eight points, four steals and three assists.
Meanwhile, Marissa Ashton and Porsche Landry led the Cougars (3-4) with 12 points apiece.
Houston opened the contest on a 9-0 run in which four different players scored and never trailed.
Amerson put the home team on the board first with a jumper that was followed by a Landry layup. An old-fashioned three-point play from Yasmeen Thompson and a pair of free throws by Te’onna Campbell capped the fast start.
Senior Lyndi Thorman broke the Roadrunners' scoreless drought with a jumper and fast-break layup, while King’s 17-footer cut the deficit to 9-6.
However, six consecutive points by the Cougars widened the gap before senior Simone Young’s fast-break basket trimmed the advantage to three at 17-14.
Houston once again responded, this time with an 11-2 spurt, for its largest advantage of the half, 28-16, with 4:07 left in the opening half.
UTSA held the Cougars scoreless and notched three baskets of its own the rest of the way for a 28-20 score at intermission.
The Roadrunners forced three turnovers, while Houston came up empty on all five of its attempts from the floor during the stretch.
Senior Jalisa Montgomery got UTSA started with a layup on its first possession of the second half, but Campbell and Landry each scored inside for a 32-22 lead.
Young scored inside and a pair of King free throws cut the deficit to six, but that was as close as the Birds got the rest of the night.
The Cougars rattled off another 11-2 run that was sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Ashton and Jessieka Palmer to push the lead to 15 and the advantage only dipped below 10 once, on a 3-pointer by sophomore Ashley Spaletta with 3:01 to go.
Houston shot just 35 percent, but benefited from five 3-pointers and matched UTSA with 28 points in the paint.
The Roadrunners were able to force 19 turnovers, but the only scored eight points off those miscues.
UTSA will return to the Convocation Center for a 2 p.m. matchup on Sunday, Dec. 2, against San Francisco (3-2).