HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team came back from nine points down to beat Wichita State, 73-62, and sweep the season series on Saturday, in Wichita, Kan.
Houston made history early in the contest, when sophomore Jasmyne Harris connected on the first 3-pointer of the game to make the score 5-2 in favor of Houston with 8:37 to play. Harris’ triple was the 179th made 3-pointer for the Cougars this season, setting a new program record and breaking the old mark of 178 set in 2016-17.
The two squads traded buckets and traded the lead four times through the first five minutes of the game. The Shockers grabbed the lead for the first time at 6-5 with back-to-back scores from Keke Thompson and Diamond Lockhart. The two teams would trade the lead again over the next two possessions, when Serithia Hawkins buried her first jumper of the game and Thompson followed with a layup at the 6:07 mark.
The lead would trade twice more over the next three minutes, until the Cougars tied the score at 12 apiece on a layup from Octavia Barnes. On the next possession, Houston grabbed the lead on a 3-pointer from Branch and they would hold the advantage through the remainder of the quarter. The Cougars built the lead to five on a pair of free throws from Barnes to make the score 19-14 with 20 seconds remaining, but Jeliah Preston connected on a jumper at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 19-16 after one quarter.
Houston shot 50.0 percent in the first quarter, on 7-of-14 shooting, while holding Wichita State to 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from the field.
The Cougars picked up the first bucket of the second quarter, a 3-pointer from Jasmyne Harris, to push the score to 22-16, but from there, the Shockers would respond with 11 of the next 13 points. Alyssia Faye started the Shockers’ run with a jumper on the next possession before Angiee Tompkins cut the score to two 20 seconds later.
Faye would tie the score on Wichita’s next possession with a pair of free throws, and after Hawkins regained the lead for the Cougars with a layup, the Shockers rattled off five straight points on a layup from Tompkins and an old-fashioned, 3-point play from Rangie Bessard to give Wichita State a 3-point lead at 27-24.
Houston cut the lead to two at the 4:34 mark on a 3-pointer from Hawkins, but the Shockers responded with another run, this time of 7-0, to take a 37-28 advantage and give them their largest lead of the night. Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage responded to Hawkins’ 3-pointer with another of her own, which was followed by a layup and a pair of free throws from Bessard.
Houston cut the lead in half on a 3-pointer from Angela Harris at the 1:36 mark, but Tompkins scored the last bucket of the half to give Wichita State a 39-34 advantage at the intermission.
Houston completely changed the momentum in the third quarter, dominating the frame both offensively and defensively in the quarter. The period started with the teams trading baskets and Wichita State holding a 43-36 lead with 8:35 left in the quarter, but the Cougars would answer with a 7-0 flurry to tie the game.
Jasmyne Harris started the spurt with a jumper in the lane, before the Cougars forced a turnover, which led to a Dorian Branch old-fashioned, 3-point play to cut the score to two at 43-41. Jasmyne Harris followed that possession with a steal of the inbounds pass and a lay-in to even the score and force a Wichita timeout.
The Shockers reclaimed the lead on the next possession, when Bessard knocked down a pair of free throws on the next possession, but The Cougars grabbed the lead with a pair of free throws from Harris and another 3-point play from Branch.
The Shockers would answer, and retie the game at 48 all, with a 3-pointer from Tompkins at the 4:42 mark, but the Cougar defense would hold Wichita State scoreless over the next 3:28, while rattling off 10 consecutive points. Jasmyne Harris started the run with a layup, and following a free throw from Hawkins, Branch picked up her third, old-fashioned, 3-point play of the quarter to push the score to 54-48.
Blackshell-Fair added a layup at the 1:55 mark, which Hawkins followed with a layup of her own off an offensive rebound from Blackshell-Fair’s missed free throw to give Houston a 10-point lead. Bessard would stop the run just 23 seconds later, but Barnes’ jumper with 46 seconds left gave Houston a 60-50 advantage heading to the fourth.
The Cougars allowed just four field goals in the third quarter, while shooting 66.7 percent (10-of-15) on their offensive end.
Houston opened the fourth quarter with a 4-0 run, off a layup from Barnes and a pair of free throws from Branch after a Wichita State technical foul, to give the Cougars their largest lead of the night at 14 points. After trading baskets over the next few minutes, The Cougars again would push the lead to 14 at 70-56.
Wichita State would make one final push with a small 5-0 run to pull the score back to within single digits at 70-61 on a 3-pointer from Cesaria Ambrosio and a steal and a finish from Lockhart. However, the game would slow to a halt over the final 4:19 with the Cougars coming away with a 73-62 victory.
Score: Houston 73, Wichita State 62
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Location: Wichita, Kan. | Charles Koch Arena
Houston clamped down on defense in the third quarter, while shooting 10-of-15 from the field in order to outscore the Shockers 26-11 in the frame and take the lead for good.
Houston: The Cougars finished with four players in double figures, including a game-high 24 for Jasmyne Harris. Harris has now scored in double figures in 15 consecutive games and now has 13 games of 20 or more points this season. Harris also led the Cougars on the glass with eight boards. Serithia Hawkins finished the contest with 18 points, while Dorian Branch added 14 and Octavia Barnes scored 10.
Wichita State: The Shockers finished with a trio of players in double figures, including 15 from Rangie Bessard. Keke Thompson added 14 points, and tied with Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage for the team lead with seven rebounds, while Angiee Tompkins scored 13.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Houston swept the season series against Wichita State and moved to 4-0 all-time against the Shockers.
- With the victory, the Cougars picked up their seventh win in American Athletic Conference play, the most the program has achieved since joining the league.
- Houston’s 18 wins are the most the program has earned since winning 26 games throughout the 2010-11 season. The Cougars also won their fourth conference road game for the first time since 2010-11.
- The Cougars made seven 3-pointers in the contest, giving them 185 on the season and breaking the school record of 178 set last season.
- Sophomore Jasmyne Harris picked up her 13th game of 20 or more points with her 24 point performance. Harris now has 490 points this season, the 20th best total in a single season for a Cougar.
- After storming back from nine points down in the contest, Houston completed its eighth comeback of eight or more points this season.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars return home for their only matchup in the regular season with Memphis. Tipoff against the Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on Wednesday, with the game airing live on the American Digital Network.
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