HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team completed the season sweep of Tulane with a 72-48 victory on Wednesday, inside H&PE Arena. With the victory, Houston moved to 17-6 on the season and 6-3 in American Athletic Conference play.
Each team started sluggishly on offense, and the initial 5:30 of the first quarter saw just a combined eight points scored. Tulane grabbed the first score of the game on a layup from Kayla Manuirirangi before Myyah West tied the contest with a pair of free throws. Kolby Morgan and Dorian Branch traded buckets to knot the score at 4 apiece with 6:43 left to play in the quarter, and the scoring halted for the next 2:16.
Tulane would regain the lead at 7-6 with 2:37 left in the quarter, but the Cougars would finish with a flurry, scoring 10 of the final 12 points in the frame. Jasmyne Harris gave Houston its first lead of the game with a 3-pointer, a lead the Cougars would never relinquish, before Angela Harris pushed the lead to 11-7 after knocking down a pair from the line. Morgan cut the lead back to two on the next possession, but Houston closed with a 3-pointer from Branch and a layup from Angela Harris to take a 16-9 lead into the first break.
The Cougars would carry that momentum into the second period, rattling off the first 11 points of the quarter. Angela Harris struck first with a layup, before Octavia Barnes drained three consecutive baskets to give Houston a 24-9 advantage. Jasmyne Harris would connect on another 3-pointer to cap the run and Houston led 27-9 with 6:54 left in the half.
The teams would trade buckets over the next three possessions, before Tulane made a push to close the gap down the stretch. The Green Wave cut the lead back to 11 after a layup from Manuirirangi and a 3-pointer from Kaila Anderson, before Barnes knocked down her fourth basket of the quarter, to bring the lead to 32-19. Tulane would score the final nine points of the half however, including four points from Harlyn Wyatt to cut the score to 32-28 at the intermission.
Houston took control in the third quarter, a period that saw the Cougars outscore the Green Wave 22-11. Angela Harris opened the half with a 3-pointer, and Jasmyne Harris followed with a layup just over a minute later, to give Houston a 37-28 advantage early in the frame. Tulane would respond however, with a 7-0 run of their own after buckets from Tene Thompson and Wyatt, and a 3-pointer from Manuirirangi to cut the lead to two at 37-35.
The Cougars would right the ship though, and score 17 of the final 21 points over the remainder of the quarter to push the lead back to 15 after 30 minutes. Angela Harris started the spurt with a 3-pointer, before Hawkins followed with a layup. After Wyatt’s layup cut the score back to five at 42-37, Houston followed with seven straight points off buckets from Angela Harris and Hawkins and a 3-pointer from Jasmyne Harris.
Tulane scored their last bucket of the third quarter at the 1:29 mark to pull back within 10 at 49-39, but Houston followed with another 3-pointer from Angela Harris and a jumper from Jasmyne Harris to close the quarter with the Cougars on top 54-39.
The Cougar defense would clamp down in the fourth quarter, allowing just nine points over the final 10 minutes. Houston pushed the lead to 16 at 58-42 on a layup from Branch, and the spread would not dip below that mark for the remainder of the game.
Houston would push the lead to 22 twice in the quarter, once at the 2:35 mark when Branch’s jumper made the score 66-44, and again just 40 seconds later, when Sharayla Brown made a nice move in the lane for a layup and a foul. The Cougars would extend their lead to the largest of the night at 24, when Mariah Mitchell connected on her second 3-pointer of the game, to bring the advantage to the final of 72-48.
Score: Houston 72, Tulane 48
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Location: Houston, Texas | H&PE Arena
With the Cougars clinging to a two point lead midway through the third quarter, Houston used a 17-4 run to close out the frame and extend the lead to double digits for good.
Houston: The Cougars finished with a trio of players in double figures including a game-high 20 from Jasmyne Harris, who also pulled down six rebounds and had a game-high seven assists. Angela Harris added 17 points, while Octavia Barnes finished with 12, and Serithia Hawkins paced the Cougars on the glass with eight rebounds.
Tulane: Tulane had a pair of players reach double digits, including Kolby Morgan, who led the team with 16 points. Despite a double-digit effort from the conference’s No. 2 leading scorer, Houston held Morgan to just 6-of-20 shooting, including 0-of-13 from beyond the 3-point line. Kayla Manuirirangi finished the contest with 10 point, while Harlyn Wyatt paced Tulane on the glass with nine rebounds.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Houston swept the season series against Tulane for the first time since 2010-11.
- With the victory, the Cougars picked up their sixth win in American Athletic Conference play, the most the program has achieved since joining the league.
- Houston’s 17 wins are the most the program has earned since winning 26 games throughout the 2010-11 season.
- The 48 points allowed are the fewest this season for the Cougars. Their previous low came in a 77-53 victory over Columbia on Dec. 28.
- With nine 3-pointers made in the contest, Houston tied the program record with 178 triples through 23 games this season. Houston set the record in 2016-17 in 31 games.
- With 20 points in the contest, sophomore Jasmyne Harris now has 817 points in her career, while her six rebounds gives her 300 boards in less than two seasons. Harris also assisted on seven baskets, giving her 155 in her time at Houston. The 20-point game for Harris was the 12th this season of 20 or more for the sophomore.
- Junior Serithia Hawkins pulled down six defensive rebounds in the game, giving her 404 in her career and moving her into sixth all-time on the Houston defensive rebounds list. Hawkins passed Kellye Jones (398; 1988-92), Kiemona Harris (400; 2001-05) and ShaRonda Lasseter (403; 1997-01) in the effort. With eight total rebounds in the game, Hawkins became just the 11th player in school history to reach the 650 rebound plateau.
- Junior transfers Octavia Barnes and Myyah West each reached the 100-rebound plateau in the game, with Barnes pulling down six boards to give her 105 and West grabbing four rebounds to reach 102.
- Houston forced the Green Wave to commit 22 turnovers in the game while coming away with 13 steals. The Cougars entered the game first in the American Athletic Conference and top-15 in the nation in turnovers forced per game (22.45) and steals per game (11.6).
- Houston won the points in the paint (24-20), points off turnovers (23-15), fast break points (8-0) and bench point (20-11) battles in the contest.
- The Cougars held the Green Wave to 18.5 percent (5-of-27) from beyond the 3-point line in the game. Houston entered with the 16th best 3-point field goal percentage defense in the nation at 27.1 percent.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston heads on the road for a return matchup with the newest member of the American Athletic Conference, when it meets Wichita State, on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Cougars won the previous meeting 73-55 on Jan. 2, but Wichita State enters as winners of five of its last six games.
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