HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team fell 88-82 against Cincinnati on Wednesday, in American Athletic Conference play inside H&PE Arena.
Houston jumped out early on a 3-pointer from Dorian Branch, and controlled the first three minutes of play. Myyah West tacked on a free throw on the next possession, and Houston held the Bearcats scoreless through the first 2:22 of action to grow an 8-5 lead with 6:59 remaining in the quarter.
With 6:26 to play in the opening frame, Sam Rodgers connected on a 3-pointer to tie the game for the Bearcats, and spark a 9-0 to give Cincinnati the lead for the first time. Ana Owens followed with a pair of free throws before Iimar’I Thomas made a layup, and Owens finished the run with a jumper to give UC a 14-8 lead midway through the frame.
The Cougars would pull back within two on back-to-back buckets from Jasmyne Harris, but the Bearcats would finish on a 6-2 run to take a 24-18 lead into the first break. Cincinnati shot 52.6 percent in the first quarter on 10-of-19 shooting while holding the Cougars to just 38.9 percent (7-of-18).
The Bearcats pushed the lead to eight to open the second quarter with a layup from Thomas to make the score 26-18, but the Cougars would respond with a 5-0 spurt to cut the deficit back to three. Serithia Hawkins started the run going 1-of-2 from the free throw line and followed that trip up with a layup before Branch capped the run two possessions later.
However, Cincinnati would respond with a spurt of their own with back-to-back buckets from Angel Rizor and Genesis Parker, with Parker’s strike coming from beyond the 3-point line. The Bearcats kept the lead at, at least five through the majority of the period, before Harris cut the score to 37-34 with 2:16 remaining in the half.
After Brianna Livingston pushed the lead to 39-34 on the next possession, the Cougars rallied with a 6-0 run, with all six points coming from Harris. Harris started the run with a 1-of-2 trip from the free throw line before draining a 3-pointer with 41 seconds to play and connecting on a layup just 28 seconds later. However, Owens struck last for the Bearcats, making a layup as time expired to give Cincinnati a 41-40 lead at the half.
The third quarter began as a back-and-forth affair, with the Cougars regaining the lead just over three minutes in. After the Bearcats pushed the lead to 47-42 with 8:03 to play, the Cougars cut the lead to one after a pair of free throws from Hawkins and Branch on the next two possessions. The Cougars forced a turnover just moments later, and Harris finished with a layup to give Houston a 48-47 advantage with 6:49 remaining.
The Bearcats would respond again however, this time scoring 11 of the next 14 points to grab a seven point lead late in the period. Rizor knocked down a pair of free throws following Harris’ triple, and Owens struck from 3-point range on the Bearcats’ next possession. Angela Harris stopped the run and cut the lead to one with a 3-pointer of her own, but Rodgers, Owens and Antoinette Miller followed with jumpers on three consecutive possessions to push the score to 58-51.
Houston would pull within two just over a minute later with a 7-1 spurt, but the Bearcats rattled off the final seven points of the period to take a 69-60 advantage into the final quarter.
The Bearcats extended the lead to the largest advantage of the night when they claimed a 70-60 margin off an Owens free throw with 9:38 remaining. The Cougars followed with a 7-0 run, opened by an Angela Harris jumper, before Jasmyne Harris followed with five straight on a layup and a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 70-67 with 6:18 remaining.
After the teams traded buckets on the next two possessions, Cincinnati rattled off five straight to reopen an eight point lead. Rodgers started the run with a bucket, before Miller followed that with an old-fashioned, 3-point play to make the score 77-69 with 4:24 to play. The Cougars would follow with a 3-point play of their own from Jasmyne Harris on the next possession, but the Cougars would never pull any closer than five, eventually falling 88-82.
Score: Cincinnati 88 (10-7, 2-2), Houston 82 (14-4, 3-1)
Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Location: Houston, Texas | H&PE Arena
Houston opened the fourth quarter with a 7-1 run to pull within three at 70-67 with 6:18 remaining in the contest. However, the Bearcats had an answer, with a 5-0 run of their own, to push the score back to 77-69 and put the game out of reach.
Houston: Houston had four of its six players that saw action in the contest reach double-figures including Jasmyne Harris who led all scorers with 29 points, marking her fourth-consecutive 20-point game. Angela Harris added 18 points, while Dorian Branch finished with 10. Serithia Hawkins picked up her second-consecutive double-double and 15th of her career with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Cincinnati: The Bearcats also had four players reach double-figures in scoring, including Ana Owens who paced Cincinnati with 27 points. Angel Rizor added 18 points, while leading the Bearcats with eight rebounds, and Sam Rodgers and Iimar’I Thomas each had 11.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Sophomore Jasmyne Harris led all scorers with 29 points in the game. Through four games in American Athletic Conference play, Harris is averaging 29.0 points per game and has had four-consecutive 20-point games. Harris has also scored double-figures in her last nine contests and 14 of her last 15.
- Harris 29 points gives her 717 points in just 49 games at Houston.
- Angela Harris’ 18 points in the contest gives her 551 in her career.
- With three offensive rebounds in the contest, Serithia Hawkins moved into a tie for eighth on the all-time Houston offensive rebounding list with 235 in her career. Hawkins moved past Kellye Jones (232; 1988-92) and Voccia Calhoun (233; 1988-92) and tied Chandi Jones (235; 2000-04).
- Hawkins finished the game with 11 boards, giving her 610 in her career and making her just the 13th Cougar in program history to pull down at least 600 rebounds.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 13, when it welcomes No. 1/1 UConn to H&PE Arena. Tipoff against the Huskies is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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